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Old 01-30-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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still no success getting wireless HP 2133 BCM card SLED 10 - kernel tainted?

Hi folks, I have read lots about this problem... trying to get HP mininote 2133 to connect wirelessly. No prob w/wired cnx. Hate to trouble you but am crazy frustrated and it does not seem right for HP - a company I previously LOVED - to use Broadcom with Linux if wireless is so problematic. My machine: - default #1. 32 bit. modprobe yes Module: modprobe wl Active: yes Driver: wl is_xen No
Other info: Network controller comes up as BCM4310 UART (Rev 02). eth1 says BCM4312 802.11 Wireless controller In the very long list (dmgseg??) it says: wl: no version for "struct_module" found: kernel tainted wl: module not supported by Novell, setting u taint flag wl: module license 'unspecified' taints kernel.

I bought this in US before Christmas and had good tech support on other problems. Have been in Mexico for 3 weeks and only now have a wired connection so I can try to get this resolved before I have to move on.

The reason I bought this was to have wireless internet!

I do not want to download or change kernels or anything that alters the original factory install without HP okay and/or specific "this will work" guidance.

Can anyone please help me? Tomorrow we go back to wireless-only area. I have put off posting because there is so very much on this problem, but I am at a wall and apologize for going over old ground.
Old 02-05-2009, 11:41 PM   #2
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if you are going to use that very old kernel you will have plenty of work if I was you I would use the ndiswrapper program and use your windows inf driver. this link is to the drivers for your system. this is from there hp linux site for just that mini note book. let me know. befor you do any thing I want you to open a terminal and as root type iwconfig. this will show if your wifi is up. and if not type
ifconfig wlan0 up
then type ifconfig. if you see a wlan0 than it is up. if not do a ifconfig eth1 up and then do a ifconfig if you see a eth1 then type iwconfig. and it will show your device. now if that all works you do not need to reinstall the factory drivers you need to open suse's net work manager what is that all yast or yum not sure go in and configure your card for auto dhcp now when you go to a wifi hot spot with a open connection it will connect. if not it will come back and ask you for the connection pass phrase acording to every tech thing I read about that mini note book it is set to go and you just need to creat a setup for the net will be in yast and then you will see your hard ware and configure it.

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Old 05-30-2009, 11:39 AM   #3
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I'm very late in reading this, so hopefully you already have wireless working on your H-P 2133 MiniNote.

I have the same model and had the same problem getting wireless to work. I called H-P and told them my problem. The Linux support group was fantastic to work with - very helpful and professional. Kudos to H-P on their Linux support.

They determined that I needed another System Recovery DVD. They sent it to me for free. I got it in the mail 2 days later and installed it. I set up the notebook with my AT&T Wireless DSL modem in a few minutes and it now works perfectly.

The label on my DVD says:

System Recovery DVD
SLED 10 Linux
Series 2133

Hope this helps,



broadcom, connection, hp, wireless

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