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Old 01-30-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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Help needed with Broadcom BCM94311MCG


hey folks,

I think the title says it all, I need help on getting up my wireless card.

This is what I get on Terminal:

03:00.0 Netwrok Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 01)

OS: Open S.U.S.E
Laptop: Compaq Presario V6210US.
also I'm a noob so please I need the baby directions to make this works..


Thank you.

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Old 01-31-2008, 12:57 PM   #2
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This may get you pointed in the right direction, although it written around Ubuntu distro.

http://invaleed.wordpress.com/2007/1...ci-ubuntu-710/

Some Googling of your wireless card PLUS your distribution usually turns up some help.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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I would also like some help with this. I have the same card, and it's working with ndiswrapper just fine, but I want to have the option of monitor mode. I was hoping I could get it working with b43 or bvm43xx. Does anyone know the details on how to do this, or if it's possible?
 
Old 02-01-2008, 10:06 AM   #4
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I would also like some help with this. I have the same card, and it's working with ndiswrapper just fine, but I want to have the option of monitor mode. I was hoping I could get it working with b43 or bvm43xx. Does anyone know the details on how to do this, or if it's possible?
Mind telling me how?
 
Old 02-01-2008, 12:59 PM   #5
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The native drivers are pretty easy to use, provided that you have the right kernel. If you already have b43 or bcm43xx available as a module, all you have to do is use fwcutter to created firmware file and then install them in /lib/firmware. The load the b43/bcm43xx module and you should be good to go.

Check out the b43 site for details on what files to use to create the firmware.

Now with that said, b43/bcm43xx don't work with all broadcom chipsets, and are limited to 802.11b speeds under all circumstances, so ndiswrapper may be a good choice depending upon your needs and chipset.

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Old 02-01-2008, 06:50 PM   #6
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The native drivers are pretty easy to use, provided that you have the right kernel. If you already have b43 or bcm43xx available as a module, all you have to do is use fwcutter to created firmware file and then install them in /lib/firmware. The load the b43/bcm43xx module and you should be good to go.

Check out the b43 site for details on what files to use to create the firmware.

Now with that said, b43/bcm43xx don't work with all broadcom chipsets, and are limited to 802.11b speeds under all circumstances, so ndiswrapper may be a good choice depending upon your needs and chipset.
Tried, my chipset doesn't work with bcm43xx.

wow, linux question is much better then Open SUSE forum itself, I have one thread here and another one in SUSE forum and I still didn't get any comments..

Any other ideas?
 
Old 02-01-2008, 10:42 PM   #7
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Hi ,

I used the same wireless card as your on my acer laptop 4620z ( using Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy) and i followed instructions on this link:

http://invaleed.wordpress.com/2007/1...ci-ubuntu-710/

Here is the summary:

1)you must uninstall ndiswrapper & bcm43xx-fwcutter
sudo apt-get remove ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
sudo apt-get remove bcm43xx-fwcutter

2)Add bcm43xx to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file
sudo vim /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
add this line “blacklist bcm43xx” (without “”)

3)Reboot
Download driver for BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI here: http://www.stosha.net/WLANBroadcom.tar.gz
http://stosha.stylet-software.com/WLANBroadcom.tar.gz

tar -xzvf WLANBroadcom.tar.gz

4)move the folder WLANBroadcom to your home directory
mv WLANBroadcom/ /home/yourname/

5)Install ndiswrapper from source :
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-`uname -r` /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build

mkdir -p ~/bcm43xx/ndiswrapper

cd ~/bcm43xx/ndiswrapper

sudo wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ndi...er-1.49.tar.gz

tar xvzf ndiswrapper-1.49.tar.gz

cd ndiswrapper-1.49

make distclean

make

sudo make install

6)Install windows driver (BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI) with ndiswrapper

cd /home/yourname/WLANBroadcom/

sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf

ndiswrapper -l

sudo vim /etc/modules
add this line “ndiswrapper” (without “”)

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

sudo ndiswrapper -m

7)Reboot


Since you are using Open Suse, maybe you want to try to follow below link as well, but get the broadcom driver first from the above link.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=112526


Hope it works for you.

Cheers.
 
Old 02-01-2008, 10:50 PM   #8
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Hi ,

I used the same wireless card as your on my acer laptop 4620z ( using Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy) and i followed instructions on this link:

http://invaleed.wordpress.com/2007/1...ci-ubuntu-710/

Here is the summary:

1)you must uninstall ndiswrapper & bcm43xx-fwcutter
sudo apt-get remove ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
sudo apt-get remove bcm43xx-fwcutter

2)Add bcm43xx to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file
sudo vim /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
add this line “blacklist bcm43xx” (without “”)

3)Reboot
Download driver for BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI here: http://www.stosha.net/WLANBroadcom.tar.gz
http://stosha.stylet-software.com/WLANBroadcom.tar.gz

tar -xzvf WLANBroadcom.tar.gz

4)move the folder WLANBroadcom to your home directory
mv WLANBroadcom/ /home/yourname/

5)Install ndiswrapper from source :
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-`uname -r` /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build

mkdir -p ~/bcm43xx/ndiswrapper

cd ~/bcm43xx/ndiswrapper

sudo wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ndi...er-1.49.tar.gz

tar xvzf ndiswrapper-1.49.tar.gz

cd ndiswrapper-1.49

make distclean

make

sudo make install

6)Install windows driver (BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI) with ndiswrapper

cd /home/yourname/WLANBroadcom/

sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf

ndiswrapper -l

sudo vim /etc/modules
add this line “ndiswrapper” (without “”)

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

sudo ndiswrapper -m

7)Reboot


Since you are using Open Suse, maybe you want to try to follow below link as well, but get the broadcom driver first from the above link.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=112526


Hope it works for you.

Cheers.
I'm using SUSE, but SUSE is just giving me a problem out of the box.. I might end up going for Ubuntu .
 
Old 02-01-2008, 10:57 PM   #9
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Hi, dont give up yet.

The guy said it should work with any distribution, no harm trying
 
Old 02-01-2008, 11:33 PM   #10
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Hi, dont give up yet.

The guy said it should work with any distribution, no harm trying
Tried on following everything, still no luck, I'm a complete Linux noobie, Ubuntu seems to have a larger community support against SUSE
 
Old 02-02-2008, 07:23 AM   #11
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Tried on following everything, still no luck, I'm a complete Linux noobie, Ubuntu seems to have a larger community support against SUSE

To be honest, unless you post some details, we can't help. "Still no luck" just doesn't cut it. Wireless support doesn't vary much between distros, so hoping that Ubuntu will be a magic cure for your wireless troubles is a false hope. However, if you are generally unhappy with Suse, then switching is probably a decent idea.
 
Old 02-02-2008, 09:20 AM   #12
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If you are using Suse 10.2 or better you need to try and install ndis wrapper by YaST. If you want to use terminal (konsole) "su" will get you to root not sudo. Let me know which version of Suse you are using and I will try and help you more.
 
Old 02-02-2008, 03:59 PM   #13
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If you are using Suse 10.2 or better you need to try and install ndis wrapper by YaST. If you want to use terminal (konsole) "su" will get you to root not sudo. Let me know which version of Suse you are using and I will try and help you more.
I'm using SUSE 10.3
I tried on using this tutorial: http://www.suseblog.com/?p=279

but when I get to the part of "If you see something like that, you are golden." I don't, it says that bcml5 is already installed.

So, I click on the eth link, the little cable next to the clock, and it only shows the eth0 which is connected but nothing for wireless.

I tried on continue with the tutorial, but many parts such as "lspci -v" doesn't work on terminal - rmmod bcm43xx - or trying to acess /etc/modprobe.conf.local under terminal, everything that I just listed doesn't work under terminal (yes I also tried with "su" power and nothing).

I open YAST > Hardware... > etc.. I click on configure the eth01 (which is the wlan) under Hardware tab, I type "ndiswrapper" on Module Name, everything goes fine, then I go for the "network screen" which asks me information like "WPA etc." I can't remember much then after I fill every info about the network I click on "next" It updates everything then I'm back to the screen of YAST, but with no wireless connection, yea I tried on restarting but still doesn't work.

but bcm43xx was already unnistalled and ndiswrapper was installed, just how the guide on that website says so.
 
Old 02-02-2008, 04:32 PM   #14
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Did you download the windows driver?
 
Old 02-02-2008, 06:22 PM   #15
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Did you download the windows driver?
Yes, I did download the window s driver.
 
  


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