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Old 05-29-2010, 05:09 AM   #1
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Talking Which Version of LINUX


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.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 05:23 AM   #2
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It would be easier for you to search for the drivers that you need.
http://www.google.com/linux?q=Broadc...ient=firefox-a

Last edited by Mr-Bisquit; 05-29-2010 at 05:25 AM.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 07:45 AM   #3
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Hi,

It would help if you provide us what you have attempted and any pertinent information.

I suggest that you look at 'How to Ask Questions the Smart Way' so in the future your queries provide information that will aid us in diagnosis of the problem.

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.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 08:06 AM   #4
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Linux XP is one of the LAST distros I would recommend. The typical advice is: "anything in the topn 10 on the hit list at http://distrowatch.com

BUT: Switching distros to solve a problem is not always a good idea.
 
Old 05-29-2010, 09:21 AM   #5
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I have installed the driver 5.60.48.36 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
BUS ID:2
BUS: PSI
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
Driver: b43-pci-bridge
Drivers
Actvite: Yes
modprobe: Yes
modules
mobrobe ssb

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
 
Old 05-29-2010, 10:50 PM   #6
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Hi
You should disable all networkmanagers or remove them completely and install wicd. It might be an easier way to connect with that GUI.

Post the output of 'lsmod' and 'ifconfig -a'
You have to make sure the correct driver is installed first and loaded either way.
 
Old 05-31-2010, 10:26 AM   #7
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linux-xrsi:~ # lsmod
Module Size Used by
nls_iso8859_1 4000 1
nls_cp437 5664 1
vfat 12320 1
fat 59264 1 vfat
ip6t_LOG 6500 6
xt_tcpudp 3136 2
xt_pkttype 1632 3
xt_physdev 2416 2
ipt_LOG 6308 6
xt_limit 2628 12
rfcomm 75792 4
sco 20260 2
bridge 63412 1
stp 2532 1 bridge
llc 6828 2 bridge,stp
bnep 18560 2
l2cap 43520 16 rfcomm,bnep
snd_pcm_oss 51648 0
snd_mixer_oss 18464 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_seq 64752 0
snd_seq_device 8556 1 snd_seq
edd 10376 0
ip6t_REJECT 5472 3
nf_conntrack_ipv6 22100 4
ip6table_raw 3008 1
xt_NOTRACK 1632 4
ipt_REJECT 3168 3
xt_state 2208 8
iptable_raw 2848 1
cpufreq_conservative 8396 0
cpufreq_userspace 3332 0
iptable_filter 3616 1
cpufreq_powersave 1568 0
acpi_cpufreq 9196 0
speedstep_lib 5092 0
ip6table_mangle 4160 0
nf_conntrack_netbios_ns 2432 0
nf_conntrack_ipv4 11688 4
nf_conntrack 84508 5 nf_conntrack_ipv6,xt_NOTRACK,xt_state,nf_conntrack_netbios_ns,nf_conntrack_ipv4
nf_defrag_ipv4 2112 1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
ip_tables 13520 2 iptable_raw,iptable_filter
ip6table_filter 3616 1
ip6_tables 14960 4 ip6t_LOG,ip6table_raw,ip6table_mangle,ip6table_filter
x_tables 19140 12 ip6t_LOG,xt_tcpudp,xt_pkttype,xt_physdev,ipt_LOG,xt_limit,ip6t_REJECT,xt_NOTRACK,ipt_REJECT,xt_state ,ip_tables,ip6_tables
ipv6 306036 23 ip6t_REJECT,nf_conntrack_ipv6,ip6table_mangle
fuse 75868 3
loop 17324 0
dm_mod 84740 0
snd_hda_codec_analog 66144 1
b43 152924 0
snd_hda_intel 32160 2
mac80211 214968 1 b43
snd_hda_codec 94656 2 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 8580 1 snd_hda_codec
cfg80211 103584 2 b43,mac80211
btusb 16788 2
snd_pcm 97444 3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
uvcvideo 65580 0
ssb 53576 1 b43
snd_timer 27176 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
i2c_viapro 8564 0
shpchp 36372 0
videodev 39168 1 uvcvideo
v4l1_compat 15844 2 uvcvideo,videodev
usb_storage 57568 1
bluetooth 104356 9 rfcomm,sco,bnep,l2cap,btusb
rfkill 22868 2 cfg80211,bluetooth
tg3 123396 0
joydev 11712 0
i2c_core 32308 2 i2c_viapro,videodev
serio_raw 6180 0
pcmcia 42152 2 b43,ssb
pcspkr 2784 0
pci_hotplug 32928 1 shpchp
snd 75076 14 snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,sn d_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_timer
soundcore 9120 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 10248 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
sg 32660 0
pcmcia_core 40660 3 b43,ssb,pcmcia
hp_accel 12160 0
lis3lv02d 8800 1 hp_accel
input_polldev 4264 1 lis3lv02d
video 24600 0
wmi 7720 0
output 3328 1 video
battery 12772 0
led_class 4836 2 b43,hp_accel
ac 4900 0
button 6544 0
via_agp 8800 1
ext4 360324 2
jbd2 96096 1 ext4
crc16 1952 1 ext4
ata_generic 4868 0
sata_via 10308 3
rtc_cmos 15280 0
uhci_hcd 29552 0
libata 200748 2 ata_generic,sata_via
ehci_hcd 56432 0
rtc_core 22908 1 rtc_cmos
rtc_lib 3168 1 rtc_core
fan 5028 0
thermal 21020 0
processor 50352 2 acpi_cpufreq
thermal_sys 18120 4 video,fan,thermal,processor
hwmon 3676 1 thermal_sys

linux-xrsi:~ # ifconfig -a
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1F:29:9A:92:52
UP BROADCAST 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:16

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:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:580 (580.0 b) TX bytes:580 (580.0 b)

pan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr CE:3D:94:68:52:3B
inet6 addr: fe80::cc3d:94ff:fe68:523b/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:6 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:468 (468.0 b)
 
Old 05-31-2010, 10:50 AM   #8
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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.
 
Old 06-04-2010, 11:28 AM   #9
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I have followed your advise when i run the command again i am presented with the following message

linux-xrsi:~ # dmesg | grep b43
[ 10.499088] b43-pci-bridge 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 24 (level, low) -> IRQ 24
[ 10.499109] b43-pci-bridge 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[ 10.985832] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4312 WLAN found (core revision 15)
[ 11.056119] b43-phy0 ERROR: FOUND UNSUPPORTED PHY (Analog 6, Type 5, Revision 1)
[ 11.056508] b43: probe of ssb0:0 failed with error -95
 
Old 06-05-2010, 06:45 AM   #10
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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.
 
  


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