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Old 11-08-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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Cannot connect to wireless network from opensuse

Hi, if anyone can help me out with this it'd be much appreciated...

I pretty new to linux, installed opensuse 11.0 yesterday. However I am unable to connect to my wireless network.

I have a dell studio 1725 laptop, with a dell wireless 1397 wlan mini card...i've read somewhere this is a broadcom card (4315 ???).

Anyway i've managed to find a driver for this, and some instructions for installing it, but i've got a bit stuck, the instrctions from the broadcom website i have follow:

On the target machine, setup the source/hybrid/build directory

1. Create a new directory: mkdir hybrid_wl
2. Go to that directory: cd hybrid_wl
3. Untar the appropriate 32/64 bit file
to that directory
32 bit: tar -xzf <path>/hybrid-portsrc.tar.gz
64 bit: tar -xzf <path>/hybrid-portsrc-x86_64.tar.gz

After untar'ing you should have a src and lib sub directory plus a Linux
2.6 "kbuild" external makefile (Makefile). The lib sub directory has the pre-built
binary, wlc_hybrid.o_shipped.

You use the standard Linux 2.6 kernel build system as follows to make a Linux loadable
kernel module (LKM):

On the target machine, and cd'ed to the directory that contains the Makefile (fragment)

4. Cleanup (optional): make -C /lib/modules/<2.6.xx.xx>/build M=`pwd` clean
5. Build the LKM, i.e. wl.ko: make -C /lib/modules/<2.6.xx.xx>/build M=`pwd`

You should now have a LKM, wl.ko inside this directory.

I cannot work out how to do part 4/5, is this in the terminal? I try writing what it says in the terminal but it returns an error saying that make is not a command.

What am i doing wrong??? Have I gone in completely the wrong direction for fixing this issue?
Old 11-09-2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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4 and 5 appear to be command line entries each starting with "make".
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Thanks for the reply, do i make a command line entry?

Prob really obvious but just cant get this command to work.

Old 11-09-2008, 07:08 PM   #4
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Well click on the menus and work your way to "Terminal". Click on that and you will be at the command line wtih a $ prompt. Just type the commands at the $ prompt and hit enter (one at a time)
You can also get to the Command Line by hitting CTRL ALT F1 (Hit CTRL ALT F7 to get back out)
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ndiswrapper is what you really need for a Broadcom card. It works.


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