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Old 01-04-2009, 07:58 PM   #1
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Angry Step by step for getting Broadcom BCM4328 to work on OpenSUSE 11.1

I have a late 2007 iMac, which has a Broadcom BCM4238 wireless card, which of course is not recognized by Linux OpenSUSE 11.1. Could someone give or link to a step by step guide to get it to work. For starters, I don't know what 'NDiswrapper' is or how to use it. I can see it listed under hardware in OpenSUSE when it probes hardware, but it's not recognized by network connections manager.

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Old 01-04-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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This is how I did it on Fedora - there might be some Suse specific things.

1. Install ndiswrapper (On fedora it was kmod-ndiswrapper) and cabextract
2. Create a folder where you'll copy your windows wireless driver (download it from the manufacturer's site)
3. Then extract the driver (it may not be exactly the same: sp36684exe):

# cabextract sp36684.exe
Extracting cabinet: sp36684.exe
Then install the .inf file
# ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
installing bcmwl5 ...
Check it:
# ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 : driver installed
        device (14E4:4328) present (alternate driver: ssb)
Next step you need to load the ndiswrapper module:
# modprobe ndiswrapper
# ndiswrapper -ma
module configuration information is stored in /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper
You might also need to add
alias wlan0 ndiswrapper
to /etc/modprobe.conf to make it permanent

Then open your network manager (I don't use Suse so I don't know if it's yast or something else) and configure your connection. It'll probably need to resstart the network.
As I said, it might be different on OpenSuse, I successfully got it work that way on Fedora, Centos and Debian

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Old 01-04-2009, 08:56 PM   #3
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Here is the setup I use, the solution is about midway down the thread. This was my first time. It seems to work with all the bcm43 chips.

It also has the link for the driver

Have any questions ask away and I will try and help.

Last edited by Larry Webb; 01-04-2009 at 08:59 PM.


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