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There is one important thing that I needed to add to the above post: After manually installing the firmware, you will need to unload and reload the driver module. This ...
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  1. #31
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    There is one important thing that I needed to add to the above post:

    After manually installing the firmware, you will need to unload and reload the driver module. This must be done before the wireless will work. You need root privileges to do this:

    In Fedora, Suse and other distros:
    su <enter>
    Password: <enter root password>

    modprobe -r b43
    modprobe b43

    In Ubuntu and Linux Mint:
    sudo modprobe -r b43
    <enter YOUR password>
    sudo modprobe b43
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    I installed suse 11.1 yesterday I tried installing fedora 10 but i was unsuccessful with fedora10. For wlan in suse do i need to follow the same above steps ?
    Can anyone guide me how to install the wlan on suse ?

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    You need to configure it in YaST, as a new network card.
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    I followed this link
    Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11 - openSUSE Forums
    and executed the command sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    This installed my firmware successfully. and i could see b43 and b43 legacy in /lib/firmware
    But i am unable to setup my wlan
    linux-v6ib:/home/harish # /sbin/modprobe -r b43
    linux-v6ib:/home/harish # /sbin/modprobe b43
    linux-v6ib:/home/harish # lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    b43 121580 0
    ssb 38388 1 b43
    rfkill 8660 1 b43
    pcmcia 32884 2 b43,ssb
    mac80211 199840 1 b43
    cfg80211 23356 1 mac80211
    led_class 3896 1 b43
    input_polldev 3664 1 b43
    pcmcia_core 33208 3 b43,ssb,pcmcia
    xt_physdev 2220 0
    sco 9996 2
    bridge 48012 0
    stp 2248 1 bridge
    bnep 11624 2
    rfcomm 35548 0
    l2cap 20504 6 bnep,rfcomm
    bluetooth 54100 6 sco,bnep,rfcomm,l2cap
    ip6t_LOG 6212 7
    xt_tcpudp 2728 2
    xt_pkttype 1560 3
    ipt_LOG 5708 8
    xt_limit 2056 15
    af_packet 16596 0
    binfmt_misc 7872 1
    snd_pcm_oss 43300 0
    snd_mixer_oss 14288 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq 52248 0
    snd_seq_device 7168 1 snd_seq
    i915 28040 2
    drm 75492 3 i915
    ip6t_REJECT 4984 3
    nf_conntrack_ipv6 20196 4
    ip6table_raw 1792 1
    xt_NOTRACK 1544 4
    ipt_REJECT 2760 3
    xt_state 1904 8
    iptable_raw 2056 1
    iptable_filter 2548 1
    ip6table_mangle 2288 0
    nf_conntrack_netbios_ns 2152 0
    cpufreq_conservative 6360 0
    nf_conntrack_ipv4 10480 4
    cpufreq_userspace 3112 0
    nf_conntrack 67400 5 nf_conntrack_ipv6,xt_NOTRACK,xt_state,nf_conntrack _netbios_ns,nf_conntrack_ipv4
    ip_tables 11348 2 iptable_raw,iptable_filter
    cpufreq_powersave 1640 0
    acpi_cpufreq 7332 1
    speedstep_lib 4556 0
    ip6table_filter 2408 1
    ip6_tables 12580 4 ip6t_LOG,ip6table_raw,ip6table_mangle,ip6table_fil ter
    x_tables 14500 12 xt_physdev,ip6t_LOG,xt_tcpudp,xt_pkttype,ipt_LOG,x t_limit,ip6t_REJECT,xt_NOTRACK,ipt_REJECT,xt_state ,ip_tables,ip6_tables
    ipv6 242608 23 ip6t_REJECT,nf_conntrack_ipv6,ip6table_mangle
    microcode 13600 0
    fuse 52488 3
    loop 15028 0
    dm_mod 62236 0
    snd_hda_intel 413232 3
    uvcvideo 50796 0
    snd_pcm 79096 2 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel
    rtc_cmos 11488 0
    compat_ioctl32 1104 1 uvcvideo
    snd_timer 21132 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    snd_page_alloc 8184 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    video 19992 0
    videodev 31236 1 uvcvideo
    rtc_core 18048 1 rtc_cmos
    usb_storage 86716 0
    snd_hwdep 7144 1 snd_hda_intel
    wmi 6720 0
    output 2736 1 video
    button 6560 0
    battery 11156 0
    ac 4452 0
    intel_agp 24600 1
    sr_mod 13536 0
    i2c_i801 10564 0
    cdrom 32288 1 sr_mod
    snd 57408 14 snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,s nd_hda_intel,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_hwdep
    rtc_lib 2816 1 rtc_core
    pcspkr 2344 0
    v4l1_compat 13096 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    agpgart 32564 3 drm,intel_agp
    dcdbas 8940 0
    i2c_core 29972 1 i2c_i801
    soundcore 6900 1 snd
    sky2 43644 0
    serio_raw 5092 0
    joydev 9384 0
    sg 29376 0
    usbhid 45908 0
    hid 35784 1 usbhid
    ff_memless 7244 1 usbhid
    sd_mod 31424 2
    uhci_hcd 23776 0
    crc_t10dif 1704 1 sd_mod
    ehci_hcd 48260 0
    usbcore 167604 6 uvcvideo,usb_storage,usbhid,uhci_hcd,ehci_hcd
    edd 8616 0
    ext3 124716 1
    mbcache 8132 1 ext3
    jbd 56764 1 ext3
    fan 4712 0
    ahci 28488 1
    libata 161148 1 ahci
    scsi_mod 149804 5 usb_storage,sr_mod,sg,sd_mod,libata
    dock 11988 1 libata
    thermal 19916 0
    processor 44060 4 acpi_cpufreq,thermal
    thermal_sys 11364 4 video,fan,thermal,processor
    hwmon 3092 1 thermal_sys

    linux-v6ib:/home/harish # ifconfig -a
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:23:AE:04F:11
    inet addr:98.228.182.139 Bcast:255.255.255.255 Mask:255.255.240.0
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:576 Metric:1
    RX packets:71962 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:10050 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:8912401 (8.4 Mb) TX bytes:1179765 (1.1 Mb)
    Interrupt:18

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:46 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:46 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:2804 (2.7 Kb) TX bytes:2804 (2.7 Kb)

    linux-v6ib:/home/harish # iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    Since i am newbie its really tough for me to configure i guess... please tell me in detail to configure my wlan card.

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    Like I said before, you have to open YaST and configure it as a new network card.
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    Talking The rights drivers!

    Ok hi! i am not so newbie but i am having the same problem, I have a DELL Inspiron 1545 with the same network card, I have openSUSE 11.0, i have used always openSuSE, well it does not matter, fedora is the worst option, because it can not be virtualice, i prefer debian or opensuse before than another distro, well coming back to the topic:

    In my case i know how ndiswrapper works and i have used a lot of times before, but it has work well with the winxp drivers.

    Before i start the topic, i want to let something clear, the driver bcm43XXX, the firmware and legacy that comes in the distros will not work. Why? it is because that package is for pci cards and our card comes as an usb integrated card so the solution is to find the right driver with ndiswraper or another way, i will keep trying with ndiswrapper for now, i am sure some body has got this laptop with xp, and some driver should be lost in the web.

    lsusb and lspci are the same but i will post the output, because maybe "somebody", will ask me if i am sure to have the same hardware, ok this is the output:

    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 002: ID 04f3:0213 Elan Microelectronics Corp.
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 05ca:180a Ricoh Co., Ltd
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0bda:0158 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Mass Stroage Device
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Cantiga Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Cantiga Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Cantiga Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 13)
    0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller (rev 01)
    I extract the drivers from Vista, yes the garbage that comes with the machine, well i tried to used ndiswrapper to install them but without success: the drivers are, bcmwl6.inf, bcmwl6.sys, bcmwl664.sys. The strange is that when i was using the vista drivers i got these messages:
    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # ndiswrapper -i bcmwl6.inf
    installing bcmwl6 ...
    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # ndiswrapper -l
    bcmwl6 : driver installed
    device (14E4:4315) present
    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # ndiswrapper -m
    adding "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" to /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper ...
    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # ndiswrapper -ma
    module configuration information is stored in /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper
    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # ndiswrapper -mi
    module configuration information is stored in /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper
    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # depmod -a
    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # modprobe ndiswrapper
    Everithing seems to be ok but when i tried iwconfig i got the next message:

    rojo-dell:/home/rojoblandino/myfiles/wireless/vista_drivers # iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.
    My network card does not appear, so i do not keep doing nothing because were going to be in vain, then i think, its ok because ndiswrapper must not talk with vista, so i look in the web and i found that i was right ndiswrapper does not work with vista drivers, and i tried to download the XP driver version and try it again. But this time i have not found the right drivers, so my friends the question is not "What distro i should use?" the question must be "where i can found the rights XP drivers for this network card?"

    The Xp drivers i found were bcmwl5.inf, and bcmwl5.sys, those ones does not work because ndiswrapper did not return something like this:

    bcmwl6 : driver installed
    device (14E4:4315) present

    And because i have a doubt they seems to be for Atheros cards, i think. well anyway, the solution is the right drivers, i have not found them but if some one has done it please post them here. Another thing i have tried the drivers from the official site but not success, some one will do it and we hope help us too.

    And "harishbayyavarapu" I will tell you something, because you are newbie or does not know so much about linux, do not feel you are alone, there are anothers like you looking for the solution of all of this. And with my opinion if you are new, never try another distro so strange like fedora, red-hat and distros like linux-mint, those are a little difficult for begginers, i recommend you debian, is the most fully package that you can have installed in your pc, With that you will not say "that command does not exist in my distro", because the others are small and are not well compiled with the basic comandos. And i want to let something clear, there is not best distro, all of them are linux, the difference between them are the package and some especial commands they only has, and are not so standard as other distros, i recommend you to use a distro that has the majority of the standard commandos used in linux. Well in my case i just have problems with the network card, the others driver works well, those like my touchpad, my webcam, etc, well i am using opensuse 11.0 64Bits because i have a long time using this, i ike it because a lot of things, one of them it can be virtualize with no problems, and if you want to try it, use the dvd version not the live cd, another thing for the sound install from the beginning the alsa-firmware package that will work well for the most of sound cards, i have not had problems with opensuse till now with these new cards models. And if you have doubts and question i will answer you. i almost get it work but i could not, but i am still trying.

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    Well i do not talk french but this page clearly says that they found the driver, i am on the test.

    commentcamarche.net/forum/affich-8351896-dell-inspiron-1525-wifi

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    Thank you for the information. I see that you are correct that the b43 driver does not support USB devices. I wasn't previously aware of this limitation.

    To use NDISwrapper, you must have a known working WindowsXP driver. Vista drivers will not work. The best place to look for a driver is from the manufacturer's web site, but the one available is for an Atheros wireless, as you have said.

    When searching for a good driver, I came across an oddity. Assuming the correct device ID is being reported by NDISwrapper:

    Code:
    14E4:4315
    This is reported to be a 4312 chip, not a 4310. Take a look at this archived page of the (now defunk) NDISwrapper Wiki:

    NDISwrapper

    To be positive of the correct Device ID of your card, enter this command.
    Code:
    lsusb -v
    You want the idVendor and idProduct numbers.

    If this is indeed a 4315 chip, I think that it may work with the Broadcom Linux STA driver. It can be installed from a repository on Ubuntu and Fedora, in Suse the Packman repository seems to have it.

    HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless)/Broadcom BCM43xx - openSUSE

    You can always get the latest source from Broadcom.

    Broadcom Corporation - Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA driver

    This driver may not work for USB devices either, but give it a try.
    Last edited by waterhead; 05-13-2009 at 11:51 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rojoblandino View Post
    Well i do not talk french but this page clearly says that they found the driver, i am on the test.
    From that page you linked to:
    root@diane-laptop:~# ndiswrapper -l
    bcmwl6 : driver installed
    device (14E4:4315) present (alternate driver: wl)
    The alternate driver that it is referring to (wl) is the Broadcom Linux STA driver. It can be installed in Ubuntu 8.10 by installing the linux-backports-modules megapackage.
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    Thank you for the posts. I was vexed using all these.
    I tried installing ubuntu 9.04 which solved my problems. The wlan drivers were installed automatically. I am very much interested in learning Linux. Please suggest me a good book to know all the commands you are telling. I want to be a linux professional and help newbies like me... !!
    Please help me..

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