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I am having trouble with my hp2133 mini notebook, it will not connect to my wireless hub using SUSE 11.2. I have looked for help but the problem persists???? I was wondering if maybe a different version would help. I have read the review on LINUX XP and it seems to be the easiest version to use, but dont want to replace SUSE 11.2 if the problem is not going to go away, how can I tell which version is best suited to me and my notebook.
I am using:
VIA C7-M ULV processor (1.2 GHz, 128 KB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB
1024 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM SODIMM
120/160 GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive
8.9-inch WSVGA display with 1024 x 600 resolution
Broadcom 4311AG 802.11a/b/g wifi
I hope this informations help someone who knows linux, as apart from screen size, memory and hard drive size it does not mean much to me. if anyone could point me in the right direction it would be a great help.
Look at the output & post for 'lspic -vv', 'lsmod', 'ifconfig -a' and 'route -n' for the device and network information relative to the wireless device. If the kernel has recognized the device and the correct driver is used then it may be something as simple as a configuration(s) error.
I have installed the driver 126.96.36.199 from broadcom and after running hardware information my notebook it shows the following information about the network card:
BCM4312 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
Class (spec): Network controller
Class: Network controller
Device (spec): BCM4312 802.11 b/g Wireless LAn Controller
Device Identifier (spec): 70525
Device Identifier: 82709
Device: BCM4312 802.11b/g
I have tried installing the newest version of network manager, I click to run the manager only to be told by a information box, that another manager is running, i.e network manager applet 0.7 and "do i want to force start". I have clicked yes but network manager 0.8 fails to open. When i select network manager applet 0.7, I am asked several questions relating to my hub, such as: SSID which i know to be bthomehub-MHWG. below that it is asking for a BSSID? and a MAC address? on the following screen i have put in the network key under WEP 40/128k key and left the rest as is, and not touched the IPv4 settings that are set to automatic (DHCP). If i connect the cable direct from hub to notebook system shows a connection on eth0 but nothing else
It looks like the correct module for your wireless device (b43) is loaded, but for Broadcom devices, you need to install firmware. I'm guessing that's what the problem is, since you don't have a wlan0 interface in your ifconfig output (run "dmesg | grep b43" in a terminal and see if it's complaining about firmware). There's info on firmware for Broadcom devices here. It's not specific to SUSE, so you may want to google for SUSE specific info as well.
The b43 driver should support the chipset your device has (Broadcom 4312), but this has lead me to believe that you may need a newer kernel. I don't know whether SUSE has newer kernels available or if you'd have to compile your own, however.