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Old 01-28-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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Dell Inspiron 6400 Wireless Driver Installation


Please kindly guide me the process to install my wireless driver so i can use internet in my Laptop. My laptop is only connected with wireless. No cable connection avilable here. Wireless is functioning well in windows 7 but in openSuSe 11.2 it is not functioning.

I've searched on this issue in net and found that i've to install Packman repository or install driver from broadcom website. Please help me by giving easy way to do so. Please help me by giving step by step process with the proper command that i should type in bash. I'm really unknown in this world. Sorry to say...

Following is the detail of my wireless device and some other information.

Code:
linux-gkpt:~ # lspci -v                                                         
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
        Memory at efdfc000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [58] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
        Capabilities: [d0] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
        Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
        Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel <?>
        Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge

linux-gkpt:~ # dmesg | grep firmware
[   24.953312] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
[   25.009549] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
[   25.019844] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
[   25.030075] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
[   25.037192] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
[   25.045930] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.

linux-gkpt:~ # sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.
wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
pan0      Interface doesn't support scanning.


linux-gkpt:~ # /usr/sbin/iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.
eth0      no wireless extensions.
wmaster0  no wireless extensions.
wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:""
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Tx-Power=0 dBm
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

pan0      no wireless extensions.


linux-gkpt:~ # /sbin/ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1C:23:A1:5B:C9
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:17

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:106 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:106 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:7132 (6.9 Kb)  TX bytes:7132 (6.9 Kb)
 
Old 01-28-2010, 05:13 PM   #2
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which distribution are you using?
 
Old 01-28-2010, 05:36 PM   #3
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OpenSuSe 11.2

Sorry for forgetting the distributon... that is OpenSuSe 11.2
 
Old 01-28-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

Please try 'ifconfig -a' & post the output. This will show all devices, even the ones that are down.

 
  


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