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Old 10-31-2007, 03:37 AM   #1
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Wire network is ok but unable to connect to wireless and wireless card is not detect


My machine is able to access network on wire but it is not available on wireless. Seems like my network card for wireless cannot be detected. where can i go to set up my wireless on suse?

Thanks for your guidance
 
Old 10-31-2007, 06:11 AM   #2
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Do you know what model your wireless card is? Using the command 'lspci -v' should tell you a load of information about your hardware, including your wireless card. Get the chipset number from this output and try searching for that. If it's possible to get it working someone will have posted some instructions on the net somewhere!
 
Old 10-31-2007, 11:59 PM   #3
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Hi,
i type lspci -v but it prompt lspci command not found.. What should i do? Thanks
 
Old 11-01-2007, 12:11 AM   #4
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Hi, i have manage to find the lspci -v.

this is the output. Which one indicates its my woreless card? From my windows, this is what it shows on the hard
ware profiles: Dell wireless 1390 WLAN mini card..
Code:
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 10)
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64

00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=64
        I/O behind bridge: 00009000-00009fff
        Memory behind bridge: c0100000-c01fffff
        Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000c8000000-00000000cff00000
        Capabilities: [44] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping
        Capabilities: [b0] #0d [0000]

00:05.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 5a37 (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=04, sec-latency=0
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
        Capabilities: [58] Express Root Port (Slot+) IRQ 0
        Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable+
        Capabilities: [b0] #0d [0000]
        Capabilities: [b8] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping

00:06.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=05, subordinate=07, sec-latency=0
        Memory behind bridge: c0200000-c02fffff
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
        Capabilities: [58] Express Root Port (Slot+) IRQ 0
        Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable+
        Capabilities: [b0] #0d [0000]
        Capabilities: [b8] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping

00:12.0 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4380 (prog-if 8f [Master SecP SecO PriP PriO])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 201
        I/O ports at 8438 [size=8]
        I/O ports at 8454 [size=4]
        I/O ports at 8430 [size=8]
        I/O ports at 8450 [size=4]
        I/O ports at 8400 [size=16]
        Memory at c0004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
        Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [70] #12 [0010]

00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4387 (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 209
        Memory at c0005000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]

00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4388 (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 233
        Memory at c0006000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]

00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4389 (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 50
        Memory at c0007000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]

00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 438a (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 233
        Memory at c0008000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]

00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 438b (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 50
        Memory at c0009000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]

00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4386 (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 217
        Memory at c0004400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
        Capabilities: [c0] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [e4] Debug port

00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4385 (rev 13)
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: 66MHz, medium devsel
        I/O ports at 8410 [size=16]
        Memory at c0004800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
        Capabilities: [b0] HyperTransport: MSI Mapping

00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 438c (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 209
        I/O ports at <ignored>
        I/O ports at <ignored>
        I/O ports at <unassigned>
        I/O ports at <unassigned>
        I/O ports at 8420 [size=16]
        Capabilities: [70] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-

00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4383
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, slow devsel, latency 64, IRQ 209
        Memory at c0000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [60] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-

00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 438d
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0

00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 4384 (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=08, subordinate=0a, sec-latency=64
        Memory behind bridge: c0300000-c03fffff

00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
        Flags: fast devsel
        Capabilities: [80] HyperTransport: Host or Secondary Interface

00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
        Flags: fast devsel

00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
        Flags: fast devsel

00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
        Flags: fast devsel

01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M] (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 66, IRQ 10
        Memory at c8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
        I/O ports at 9000 [size=256]
        Memory at c0100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
        [virtual] Expansion ROM at c0120000 [disabled] [size=128K]
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2

05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Unknown device 4311 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 0007
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
        Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [58] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
        Capabilities: [d0] Express Legacy Endpoint IRQ 0
        Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
        Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel

08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 225
        Memory at c0300000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2

08:01.0 Class 0805: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 11
        Memory at c0302000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
        Capabilities: [80] Power Management version 2

08:01.1 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Unknown device 0843 (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 01f5
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 9
        Memory at c0302400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
        Capabilities: [80] Power Management version 2
 
Old 11-01-2007, 07:56 AM   #5
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I hope someone else finds this thread, because I've never owned a computer with a wireless card, so I won't be able to help you a great deal. The chipset in your wireless card is by Broadcom, which is a bad thing. Broadcom are notorious for not releasing any Linux drivers or hardware specs to allow other people to write Linux drivers. There is a reverse engineered Linux driver called bcm43xx, but I don't think it supports all Broadcom chipsets. The problem may also be compounded by the fact that your computer is a Dell, because they often use undocumented variants of standard chipsets, so even if the driver would work for the basic version of the chipset, it might not work for the Dell variant.

You could try manually loading the reverse-engineered driver using 'sudo modprobe bcm43xx', but I'm guessing that's not going to work since the card wasn't autodetected. You could also try looking into ndiswrapper and using that with the windows version of the driver for the card. Probably the best place to start is just to search the web for your exact computer model number and linux (and possibly "wireless" and the name/release version of your distro) to see what advice anyone else has. Since it's a Dell it's pretty certain that someone else will have tried to get this working, so it should be easy to see whether it's currently possible and hopefully find a howto guide.

Sorry this isn't such great news, but it is Broadcom's fault. You could try writing to them and asking that they release Linux drivers or specs for their chipsets. So far this hasn't worked, but unless there' pressure on them it's hard to believe they'll ever do anything about it.

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