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Old 10-14-2007, 07:22 PM   #16
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OK, finally I'm online wireless . What I did: First of all I had to use ndiswrapper with the bcmwl5 driver. I then configured my router for WPA-PSK encryption. I then changed the router's IP address (originally, the router comes with 192.168.1.1 as a gateway IP. I changed it to something else (192.168.x.x). I then brought up YaST2 and configured the routing (routing settings -> routing tab) Default Gateway to the new IP address I set for the router. On this same screen, I clicked on the Global Options tab and cleared the Enable IPv6, since I do not have any IPv6 networks (yet), then rebooted. After rebooting I went back the the same YaST2 networking screen, opened the Global Options tab, and clicked on User Controlled With NetworkManager radio button. Voila! Online.
 
Old 10-15-2007, 12:10 AM   #17
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OK, finally I'm online wireless . What I did: First of all I had to use ndiswrapper with the bcmwl5 driver. I then configured my router for WPA-PSK encryption. I then changed the router's IP address (originally, the router comes with 192.168.1.1 as a gateway IP. I changed it to something else (192.168.x.x). I then brought up YaST2 and configured the routing (routing settings -> routing tab) Default Gateway to the new IP address I set for the router. On this same screen, I clicked on the Global Options tab and cleared the Enable IPv6, since I do not have any IPv6 networks (yet), then rebooted. After rebooting I went back the the same YaST2 networking screen, opened the Global Options tab, and clicked on User Controlled With NetworkManager radio button. Voila! Online.

How pray tell do you use the ndiswrapper thing?
I still have had absolutely now luck what-so-ever getting my wireless to work..
 
Old 10-15-2007, 07:15 AM   #18
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Currently at work, Dee. If someone doesn't jump in to explain ndiswrapper before this evening, I'll come back then for an explanation. In the meantime, please go to: http://en.opensuse.org/Ndiswrapper_howto

Good luck, and I'll check in this evening.
 
Old 10-16-2007, 11:49 AM   #19
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Dee_61, did you get a chance to read the site I gave you? How are you doing with the wireless?
 
Old 10-17-2007, 04:03 AM   #20
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Dee_61, did you get a chance to read the site I gave you? How are you doing with the wireless?

No I am afraid I have not had time yet, I've been working a lot the past few days and just haven't had any spare time yet, I hope to try again tomorrow evening. I've been on the wire which is sort of not fun but it works for now.

I need some "me time" to sit down without interruptions and try to figure this thing out.

Thanks!
 
Old 10-19-2007, 03:46 PM   #21
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same here...suse 10.2 ..... a wonder on the intel 3945 with ipw3945 driver...worked perfectly, dare I say better than windows with knetworkmanager.

clean install 10.3 and it doesn't work...noticed they also included another driver iwl3945

garg...i still have to troubleshoot gave up last night.

i think networkmanager is broken in 10.3, but i'll have to try command line functions before saying that.
Completely different issue with ipw.. Actually issue with ipw3945 drivers..

I've filed bug reported, and patch.. along with working rpms:

https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=330995
 
Old 11-10-2007, 01:31 AM   #22
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I have never been able to get this silly wireless working.
I can boot the laptop up in windows and it works fine.
But it just will not work at all in Linux.

Maybe this will help. My dad has the same laptop as me but his has an amd chip instead and it has an 802.11g card in it whereas mine only has an 802.11b card.
He's going to trade me wireless cards since he doesn't use his wireless anyway.

What's the chance that the new card will work?

Suse says it sees my wireless network, it just refuses to connect to it, even with all security turned off.

Thanks!
 
Old 11-10-2007, 12:17 PM   #23
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Can you change the card? My wireless chipset is built into the motherboard on mine. Is this a PCMCIA card you are referring to?
 
Old 11-10-2007, 10:50 PM   #24
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Can you change the card? My wireless chipset is built into the motherboard on mine. Is this a PCMCIA card you are referring to?
Well, there's a little card under the keyboard that says it's a broadcom 802.11b adapter that plugs in like a memory stick does but smaller. You can take it in and out. and there's a wire clipped to it that comes off, it runs into the lid so I guess that's the antenna.

That's *got to be it*.. If you can take it out I don't know why you can't change it out. Of course what do I know though?
 
Old 11-11-2007, 12:49 PM   #25
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Well, there's a little card under the keyboard that says it's a broadcom 802.11b adapter that plugs in like a memory stick does but smaller. You can take it in and out. and there's a wire clipped to it that comes off, it runs into the lid so I guess that's the antenna.

That's *got to be it*.. If you can take it out I don't know why you can't change it out. Of course what do I know though?
Yep! That would be it! Good work Dee! I could be wrong here, but I believe mine (broadcom 1406) is soldered into place; but I haven't looked to be honest.

Well, go ahead and change it out. You certainly won't hurt it by trying. You might do a little searching just to make certain that the pins are the same on both chips before attempting, however.

Good luck!
 
Old 11-11-2007, 03:07 PM   #26
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oh it's probably mini PCI...check photos of other mini PCI slots, and maybe you could even buy a natively support chipset (eg. Intel)
 
Old 11-12-2007, 10:18 PM   #27
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Woo-hoo!!

OMG! I can't believe that >>> I <<< fixed this!

Ok, so I found somewhere a pdf, I think it was at hp.com that tells you how to take these laptops apart. So I get my dad's laptop and take three screws out of the bottom then a little strip at the top where the power button is comes off with my fingernail.
Then there's 4 little screws holding the keyboard down. I take them out and the keyboard lifts out and flips over. And underneath is the wireless thing.
Well it pops out like a memory stick then there's two little wires hooked to it so I pop those off with my fingernail too. All done! It's out!

So I take my laptop and do the same thing, switch the cards and put everything back like it was. It took me like 10 minutes at the most. So easy a girl can do it.

http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?i...sthingyet3.jpg

Here's a picture of the thing sort of removed.

Ok, so next I turn my laptop on and first thing it boots up and Suse says it found new hardware do I want to configure it?
http://img80.imageshack.us/my.php?im...pshot13wb5.jpg
So I say yes then it says something about firmware but I clicked ok anyway because I didn't know what else to do. Oh, and it called this on an nx9500 whatever that is.
Then I told it to finish and it tried to start something and locked up so I had to hold the power button down to shut it off. I restarted it again and it came up and a window popped up that listed a bunch of wireless networks around here!

So I found mine and told it to connect and it asked for a password and I told it what it is and it connected and now it works!!

http://img113.imageshack.us/my.php?i...pshot14lj0.jpg

I don't really know what all I did but it's working great now!

Now I have to figure out how to make my dad's work since his laptop now has my old card in it. But that's going to be next week and when I get to that point I'll come back and see what we have to do to make it work.

See I installed Linux on my laptop by myself which was pretty easy. My dad liked what I did so he got one like mine and wants me to put Linux on it for him too.

Oh yeah, I switched with my dad, my 802.11b for his 802.11g. He's a very light duty user and I'm a heavy duty user, I copy lots of stuff around on my lan. He'll never do anything more than read google mail with his.

Score one for GeekGrrrl!

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Old 11-13-2007, 07:20 AM   #28
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CONGRATULATIONS DEE!! Way to go! I had no idea it could be that easy. Enjoy then!
 
  


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