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Old 09-19-2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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Getting WLAN working in OpenSUSE 11

I have the system recognizing the card by default. I really didn't have to do anything in that regard. It's a Broadcomm A/B/G card. On the other hand, it won't detect any access points. I'm not sure what's wrong. I've tried adding them by hand, but no dice. Any ideas?

For reference, I have automatic updates running of course, the system was installed within the last 12 hours, so nothing's outdated, and the adaptor is a Broadcomm BCM4312 802.11a/b/g card.

iwconfig output:

wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Channel:0 Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=0 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
Encryption keyff
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

Last edited by KickMeElmo; 09-20-2008 at 01:50 AM. Reason: added iwconfig output
Old 09-20-2008, 03:21 AM   #2
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Found my solution here. Apparently all broadcom (sorry for the misspelling earlier) adapters need a firmware extracted from the windows driver. OpenSUSE 11 makes that easy as pie compared to some others. For those who need to do this, just make sure you have the b43-fwcutter package installed (which by all means you should) and run "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware". It'll ask for your root password if you aren't running in root, but then it'll do all the magic for you. Hopefully that helps someone.
Old 09-23-2008, 11:58 PM   #3
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ive been looking for this actually. thanks.
my laptop was offline because i obviously couldnt connect to any network so i had to do everything manually. dl the files from an online computer and transfer them using a flash. still was easy, just followed the directions.
a side note, i had to use kwifi manager to find networks because network manager in kde4 wont list any.
Old 08-16-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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Hi Everybody,

Does anyone experience problems with status LED of bcm4311 card on a laptop ?
i try b43 (with fwcutter firmware) and right now i use broadcom STA driver but still can't get status LED working when active/connected/tx/rx

any suggestions ?

Last edited by peter.semisotov; 08-16-2009 at 01:43 PM.


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