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Old 08-20-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
thomas_r
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OpenSUSE 11.3 and Dell D620 - wireless LAN not working


Hi all,

I have installed KDE OpenSUSE 11.3 i586 on a Dell Latitude D620 laptop. All the drivers appear to have detected okay but I am having trouble getting wireless networking up and running.

YaST2 Hardware Information shows a wireless 1390 WLAN Mini Card installed as a device BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN. Under the drivers node, it shows "Active: Yes"

The problem arises when I go into Network Manager and try to connect. When I try to add a new wireless connection and click "scan" it doesn't see the SSID being broadcast from a router 10 feet away. When I try to add the connection manually it won't connect.

I've tried a few of the troubleshooting tips I've found online for installing a Broadcom wireless card under OpenSUSE, but no luck. This thread http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...installed.html looked promising but my OpenSUSE is 32 bit not 64.

Any clues or tips greatly appreciated.
 
Old 08-20-2010, 06:59 PM   #2
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Hi, you have one of the infamous broadcom chips. try this(might be a bit out of date, but still might work). you might also want to take a look at this. As mentioned in the first link, the ndiswrapper solution is an ugly one, you should use the b43 driver (if you can).

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Old 09-13-2010, 10:11 AM   #3
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Unhappy OpenSUSE 11.3 and Dell D620 - Broadcom wireless LAN not working

There's been a delay in my working on this issue, but I've spent more time again and have not been successful.

I tried the Packman drivers (packman.iu-bremen.de) by hooking up to a wired connection then launching a YaST Package Search. searching on "broadcom" found 5 packages, so I installed the Default (broadcom-wl-kmp-default - Wireless driver for Broadcom 43xx series chips). All packages installed okay and I restarted the system.

The Hardware Information panel shows that a Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card seems to be installed as wlan0. The device is "BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN". However when I open Network Manager, I don't seem to have any connectivity on wlan0. There are no results when scanning for SSIDs (despite there being around a dozen in the area, including my own router sitting 4 feet away). When attempting to set up a connection manually using the known SSID/passphrase, the system does not connect.

Using IFUP instead of NM, I enter basic info for SSID/passsphrase, the Saving Network Configuration dialog hangs at "Activate Network Services" for a long time, but eventually completes (or appears to). Unfortunately, no connectivity though.

Did I pick the wrong Packman package? Is there another approach I should be taking? Will these kinds of problems eventually go away now that Broadcom has open-sourced these drivers?
 
Old 09-14-2010, 10:44 AM   #4
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Replying to myself in order to post a solution.

I had to remove remove the broadcom-wl-kmp-default package, and install the broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop and broadcom-wl packages. Did everything through YaST and didn't even need to touch a bash window.
 
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