Wireless problems w/ Broadcom

I’m having some issues with openSUSE 11.2 recognizing my Broadcom adapter. Following the instructions in the two stickied topics, I can find the adapter both under YaST’s Hardware Summary and using the console command /sbin/lspci. I cannot, however, find it with /sbin/lspci -n, and the boot log (viewed with dmesg | less) makes no mention of it either.

Do I need to turn it on or something? This is a dual boot machine, and it works fine under Windows, so I don’t think there’s a hardware failure at play here.

More info:

openSUSE 11.2.

According to Windows, my WLAN is a Dell Wireless 1520 Wireless-N WLAN Minicard. It has a Broadcom driver. I can find it under YaST’s Hardware Information screen, just above my Realtek ethernet card. However, it’s merely listed as a network controller and not a WLAN card or anything of that nature.

There is no Wireless option under the Network Devices screen.

The boot log doesn’t mention this card at all. No firmware mention, nothing even suggesting the system knows it exists while booting.

Hardware Information:

Broadcom Network Controller
Bus ID: 8
Bus: PCI
Class (spec): Network Controller
Class: Network Controller
Device Identifier (spec): 65550
Device Identifier: 82771
Hwcfg Bus: pci
Model: Broadcom Network Controller
Old Unique Key: ENYE.p8+2KKjRM33
Parent Unique ID: qTvu.klt2e4vlFx4
Revision: 1
Subvendor Identifier: 69672
Subvendor: Dell
Sysfs ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:08:00.0
Sysfs ID: 0000:08:00.0
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_14e4_4353
Unique Key: GBl1.p8+2KKjRM33
Vendor Identifier: 70884
Vendor: Broadcom
moalias: pci:v000014E4d00004353sv00001028sd0000000Ebc02sc80i00

/sbin/lspci listing:

08:00.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 8130 (rev 01)

/sbin/lspci -n listing (there is one…I was reading it wrong previously):

08:00.0 0280 14e4: 4353 (rev 01)

And, I just double-checked the boot log - nothing.

On 12/14/2009 09:46 AM, KevinM1 wrote:
>
> More info:
>
> openSUSE 11.2.
>
> According to Windows, my WLAN is a Dell Wireless 1520 Wireless-N WLAN
> Minicard. It has a Broadcom driver. I can find it under YaST’s
> Hardware Information screen, just above my Realtek ethernet card.
> However, it’s merely listed as a network controller and not a WLAN card
> or anything of that nature.
>
> There is no Wireless option under the Network Devices screen.
>
> The boot log doesn’t mention this card at all. No firmware mention,
> nothing even suggesting the system knows it exists while booting.
>
> Hardware Information:
>
> Broadcom Network Controller
> Bus ID: 8
> Bus: PCI
> Class (spec): Network Controller
> Class: Network Controller
> Device Identifier (spec): 65550
> Device Identifier: 82771
> Hwcfg Bus: pci
> Model: Broadcom Network Controller
> Old Unique Key: ENYE.p8+2KKjRM33
> Parent Unique ID: qTvu.klt2e4vlFx4
> Revision: 1
> Subvendor Identifier: 69672
> Subvendor: Dell
> Sysfs ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:08:00.0
> Sysfs ID: 0000:08:00.0
> UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_14e4_4353
> Unique Key: GBl1.p8+2KKjRM33
> Vendor Identifier: 70884
> Vendor: Broadcom
> moalias: pci:v000014E4d00004353sv00001028sd0000000Ebc02sc80i00
>
> /sbin/lspci listing:
>
> 08:00.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 8130 (rev 01)
>
> /sbin/lspci -n listing (there is one…I was reading it wrong
> previously):
>
> 08:00.0 0280 14e4: 4353 (rev 01)
>
> And, I just double-checked the boot log - nothing.

You need to install the broadcom-wl package for that device.

Where would I find it? And can I save it to a USB drive in Windows, then transfer it over?

On 12/14/2009 11:46 AM, KevinM1 wrote:
>
> Where would I find it? And can I save it to a USB drive in Windows,
> then transfer it over?

Go to

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/anubisg1:/aspireone/openSUSE_11.2/

Select the directory for whichever architecture you yave, and download
the rpm for your kernel. You didn’t post which one you have, so I
cannot tell you. Once you have it in your home directory, install it with

sudo rpm -iv <rpm_name>

If you picked the wrong one, it will fail to install.

I tried a couple packages, but they each said dependencies were missing. I have 64-bit architecture.

On 12/14/2009 12:46 PM, KevinM1 wrote:
>
> I tried a couple packages, but they each said dependencies were missing.
> I have 64-bit architecture.

What does ‘uname -r’ say?

Actually, with most of the drivers I’ve tried, I’ve been getting the same kind of error. Apparently I don’t have a /lib/modules/<kernel name>/build directory. What should I do?

On 12/14/2009 02:26 PM, KevinM1 wrote:
>
> Actually, with most of the drivers I’ve tried, I’ve been getting the
> same kind of error. Apparently I don’t have a /lib/modules/<kernel
> name>/build directory. What should I do?

You are getting sources. Try the rpm’s from

http://packman.links2linux.de/package/broadcom-wl

You will want default or desktop to match your kernel.

Tried it, but there were a ton of missing dependencies.

Okay, here’s where I’m at.

The drivers I downloaded seemed to have worked, at least partially. YaST’s Network Device screen still doesn’t have a wireless option, but I was able to get the Network Connections screen to recognize the Broadcom by adding its PCI value to the kernel under the kernel modification screen.

So, it recognized my wireless router, which is definitely a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, it’s still not working. Here’s what iwconfig says:

kevin@linux-r20v:~> /usr/sbin/iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

eth1      IEEE 802.11  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Link Quality:5  Signal level:0  Noise level:160
          Rx invalid nwid:0  invalid crypt:0  invalid misc:0

I’m a bit concerned with that signal level value. I know a signal is being sent as it recognized the name of my router, and it’s working on my Windows partition. Is it a firewall issue? Or do I need to play with my Linksys to get it working?

I am completely new to Linux, trying to setup the same Dell Studio 15 to work wirelessly on OpenSUSE 11.2
Search the forum for “Dell Studio 15”. It says that wireless is supported and: "(6) Wireless modules (b43 & wl) did not install automatically. Installed using Yast. "

I tried to run Yast2. Search for “wl”, it came up with the list, one thing is selected there - b43-fwcutter : “Tool for extracting firmware from newer Broadcom WLAN drivers. The firmware is necessary to run such a card under Linux using the b43 or b43legacy driver”
So if it is selected, does it mean it is installed ? Or how do I install it and is there anything else to do to make it work ?

Please help !
(new to Linux, have some Solaris experience,
but not in driver installation)

TIA,
Oleg.

On 01/11/2010 09:46 AM, olegkon wrote:
>
> I am completely new to Linux, trying to setup the same Dell Studio 15 to
> work wirelessly on OpenSUSE 11.2
> Search the forum for “Dell Studio 15”. It says that wireless is
> supported and: "(6) Wireless modules (b43 & wl) did not install
> automatically. Installed using Yast. "
>
> I tried to run Yast2. Search for “wl”, it came up with the list, one
> thing is selected there - b43-fwcutter : “Tool for extracting firmware
> from newer Broadcom WLAN drivers. The firmware is necessary to run such
> a card under Linux using the b43 or b43legacy driver”
> So if it is selected, does it mean it is installed ? Or how do I
> install it and is there anything else to do to make it work ?

We need to know what Broadcom hardware you have. You can determine that with the
lspci command, or by entering the command ‘dmesg | grep b43’. I suspect that you
have a 4315 device. If so, you need to install either the broadcom-wl or
compat-wireless packages.