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Old 02-10-2006, 07:19 PM   #1
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Broadcom Air Force One not workin under suse 10


i have recently bought an acer aspire 3004 wlmi laptop. i have tried to install suse 10 on it and everything is good except (vitally) i can't get the wireless LAN setup. I have a Broadcom BCM4318 [Air Force One 54g] 802.11g wireless LAN contoller (PCI).

i have downloaded the windows XP drivers for my wireless card which i think are BCMWL5.inf and BCMWL5.sys. i then installed ndiswrapper 9.1 following the instructions on the website (the only thing i haven't done from the instructions is to compile the linux kernel - is this a problem?) The drivers seem to be installed ok - the result of typing ifstatus wlan0 is:

wlan0 device: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
wlan0 is up
4: wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast qlen 1000
link/ether 00:16:ce:03:10:65 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet 192.168.1.6/24 brd 192.168.1.255 scope global wlan0
inet6 fe80::216:ceff:fe03:1065/64 scope link
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
wlan0 IP address: 192.168.1.6/24
Configured routes for interface wlan0:
169.254.0.0 - 255.255.0.0 wlan0
Active routes for interface wlan0:
192.168.1.0/24 proto kernel scope link src 192.168.1.6
169.254.0.0/16 scope link
1 of 1 configured routes for interface wlan0 up
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"G604T_WIRELESS" Nickname:"linux"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:0F:3D:B9:28:FC
Bit Rate=36 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm
RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption key:xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xx Security modepen
Power Managementff
Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-81 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

(i have put x's to blank out my encryption key) and the wireless light on my laptop comes on. however i cannot connect to the internet. what have i done wrong? any ideas? please help - its driving me mad!

thank you...
 
Old 02-11-2006, 09:32 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

There is some weird stuff in that ifstatus output, particularly this:

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wlan0 IP address: 192.168.1.6/24
That may be normal output for that command, but could you post the output of ifconfig and iwconfig just to double check that something is going goofy?

By the way, if your kernel is properly configured (and the ndiswrapper compile probably wouldn't have worked if it wasn't) you shouldn't have to compile a new kernel.
 
Old 02-11-2006, 05:13 PM   #3
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Welcome to LQ Chris!

from a root konsole:

whats your ifconfig output?
whats the output if you ping your router's IP?
whats the output if you ping google.com?
 
Old 02-11-2006, 05:46 PM   #4
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hello thanks for your replies. the output from ifconfig is:

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:52 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:52 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:3360 (3.2 Kb) TX bytes:3360 (3.2 Kb)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:16:CE:03:10:65
inet addr:192.168.1.6 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::216:ceff:fe03:1065/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:5 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:16 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:534 (534.0 b) TX bytes:1526 (1.4 Kb)
Memory:e2000000-e2001fff

and the output from iwconfig is:

lo no wireless extensions.

sit0 no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"G604T_WIRELESS" Nickname:"linux"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:0F:3D:B9:28:FC
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm
RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Encryption key:xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xx Security modepen
Power Managementff
Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-60 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

something i forgot to mention is that my network manger has given me a static IP address 192.168.1.6 so when i configured the card i set it up with this IP adress rather than DCHP - could this explain the funny stuff in ifstatus commented on by hangdog?

the result of pinging my router IP 192.168.1.1 is:

PING 192.168.1.1 (192.168.1.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=2.06 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=2.53 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=3 ttl=255 time=2.26 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=3.40 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=5 ttl=255 time=1.82 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=6 ttl=255 time=22.6 ms

--- 192.168.1.1 ping statistics ---
6 packets transmitted, 6 received, 0% packet loss, time 5022ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 1.821/5.785/22.623/7.546 ms

basically it kep pinging until i pressed ctrl-c so this seems ok. whats the ip adress of google? thank.

Last edited by chrisshort; 02-11-2006 at 06:07 PM.
 
Old 02-12-2006, 08:32 AM   #5
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Quote:
something i forgot to mention is that my network manger has given me a static IP address 192.168.1.6 so when i configured the card i set it up with this IP adress rather than DCHP - could this explain the funny stuff in ifstatus commented on by hangdog?
Actually what it means is it that you probably don't have a complete network set up. DHCP does a few things. First it gives you and IP address (which you've set statically). Second, it sets up your gateway. Depending on how you set up your box, this may, or may not, be done. Check the output of route -n, and if you don't see your router's IP address in the output, you need to run this command:

route add default gw xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
Where the xxx is the IP address of your router.

The last thing DHCP does is set up nameservers in your /etc/resolv.conf file. Check that file, and if you don't see any lines starting with nameserver you'll need to talk to your network manager to find out what the IP addresses of the DNS servers are. Each one should be on its own line like this:

nameserver xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
 
Old 02-12-2006, 02:12 PM   #6
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thanks everyone for taking the time to read and reply to my posts. i have managed to get it to work! i'm not entirely sure what i did to get it to work but it does and i'm happy!!! it seems the crucial thing to change was to type about:config into the Firefox address bar and then disable ipv6. once again thanks...
 
  


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