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Old 12-30-2007, 10:08 AM   #1
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Angry Wilress Comms failed

SUSE10 installed on Sony P10 laptop. Log messages show
bcm43xx Error: Microcode "bcm43xx__microcode5.fw" not available or load failed.

ESSID and 128 bit WEP encryption key ahve been entered via YAST Administration.

iwconfig displays
eth1 IEEE802.11b/g ESSID:"" Nickname:"Broadcom4318"

ifconfig does not list eth1.

Any help appreciated. New to Linux.

Linksys PCMCIA card works OK with WindowsXP.


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Old 12-30-2007, 10:51 AM   #2
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Using the search tool shows many post on the same error. I used this portion for searching ' bcm43xx Error: Microcode bcm43xx '. Check this one out.
Many more post look through them for the help needed.

Old 01-06-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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Many thanks BrianL.
The key was to enter ndiswrapper for the module name.
I had wrongly entered the module name as BCM43xx.

Now that I am talking to my wireless router OK I cannot get out onto the Internet with Firefox.
Any clues/help appreciated.
I have not configured any Firewall yet and have configured the address of the gateway as my router.
But all I get is Server not found.
How do I configure Firefox to use the wireless router as my DNS server?


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