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Old 01-15-2014, 08:21 PM   #1
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Opensuse Dell laptop wifi ?


I cannot deem to figure out how to get my Wifi working on my Older Dell precisionm4300 laptop I have tried different linux distros and now installed opensuse but wifi doesn't even exist never mind using it lol . the wifi did work perfectly in Windows 7 so I do know that it does work.
 
Old 01-15-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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It may be helpful to know what wifi card you are using.

Code:
lspci | grep -iE 'networking|wireless'
Is your networking using hardwire working?
 
Old 01-15-2014, 08:47 PM   #3
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I typed that command in but noting happens
 
Old 01-15-2014, 09:28 PM   #4
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Hi

my dell latitude has a bios setting that needs to enable wireless

also it has a hardware slide switch on the side of the lappy
---if you have one ensure its in the RH position

good luck

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-produ...uide_en-us.pdf

see page 19/20 for switch
 
Old 01-15-2014, 09:35 PM   #5
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Try
Code:
sudo lspci | more
space bar down until you find your wireless/network card.

Are you able to use a ethernet hardwire connection to access the internet? or Do you have no network capabilities at all?
That may be a hint at the root of the problem.
 
Old 01-15-2014, 09:52 PM   #6
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Quote:
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Try
Code:
sudo lspci | more
space bar down until you find your wireless/network card.

Are you able to use a ethernet hardwire connection to access the internet? or Do you have no network capabilities at all?
That may be a hint at the root of the problem.
command not found
ok I had to do thr su instead of sudo
ok it shows Broadcom Cprporation Netxtreme BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n (rev.03)

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:07 PM   #7
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if you type on your terminal as root ofcourse
Code:
lspci -knn
you will get a list of all your hardware with the kernel module that is being used. you can pasted the result here so we can see what is your wireless card and what driver is using.

Also here is the link to an important OpenSUSE guide, look at the left side for other interesting topic beside the wireless how to.

http://opensuse-guide.org/wlan.php

Keep in mind that in order for you to download and install drivers an internet connection is required so you must plug an ethernet cable to your computer in order to get access to the internet and fix your connection that way.

Good luck to you

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:32 PM   #8
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I am not sure how to copy off of the xterm terminal so I am stuck typing everything. Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01ff]
Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
Kernel modules: yenta_socket
03:01.4 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: O2 Micro, Inc. Firewire (IEEE 1394) [1217:00f7] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01ff]
Kernel driver in use: firewire_ohci
Kernel modules: firewire_ohci
09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express [14e4:1673] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01ff]
Kernel driver in use: tg3
Kernel modules: tg3
0c:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n [14e4:4328] (rev 03)
Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-card [1028:000a]
Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
Kernel modules: ssb

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:52 PM   #9
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Ok ty for all of your help I finally got it up and running \
Now I get to search and try out different email clients with good spam filter but that will be another possible problem for a later date
Thank you all again
 
Old 01-15-2014, 10:56 PM   #10
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For email Thunderbird is a good one.
 
Old 01-15-2014, 10:57 PM   #11
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Quote:
Broadcom Corporation BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)
Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-card
That is the wireless card you are using.

First, prior to other work arounds, ensure the networking is up and functioning... as su type
Code:
/etc/init.d/networking restart
 
Old 01-15-2014, 11:01 PM   #12
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Nevermind, got it solved while I was waiting for Suse to boot up to confirm commands...
 
Old 01-16-2014, 01:35 AM   #13
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I am not sure how to copy off of the xterm terminal so I am stuck typing everything.
the same as on windows "cmd.exe" and every text document and every web browser IE and Firefox

l-click and highlight
r-click the highlight and select "copy"
( or keybord shortcut)
<control>+<c>
Also the exact same command as on Windows and Apple
and MS office , and notepad
 
  


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