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New Wireless driver, where? [WAS: First attempt at installing wireless]

gregfreemyer
Still more searching - everything is not as it seems.

Per lspci -nn I have a Broadcom BCM4312 [14e4:4315]

The 4315 variant is not supported by the b43 module.

But a very new kernel module (wl.ko) does support it as well as most
of what the b43 module supports.

It is available directly from Broadcom:
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

But it comes in a hybrid form.

I can't find it prepacked (compiled)  for OpenSUSE 11.1.  I have not
even found a HowTo yet.

Does this exist?

If not, I'll download the "hybrid" and use the generic readme.

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Re: New Wireless driver, where? [WAS: First attempt at installing wireless]

gregfreemyer
On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM, Greg Freemyer <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Still more searching - everything is not as it seems.
>
> Per lspci -nn I have a Broadcom BCM4312 [14e4:4315]
>
> The 4315 variant is not supported by the b43 module.
>
> But a very new kernel module (wl.ko) does support it as well as most
> of what the b43 module supports.
>
> It is available directly from Broadcom:
> http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
>
> But it comes in a hybrid form.
>
> I can't find it prepacked (compiled)  for OpenSUSE 11.1.  I have not
> even found a HowTo yet.
>
> Does this exist?
>
> If not, I'll download the "hybrid" and use the generic readme.
>
> Thanks
> Greg
>

This is unbelievably painful.

I found instructions at:
http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx#Broadcom_STA_Driver

I have followed them but it still did not work:

1) I installed broadcom-wl from packman (brand new release is available)

2) I rebooted to the normal kernel   --   no joy

3) I had noticed that during the broadcom-wl install it had installed
a debug kernel and that was added to my grub menu.  I booted it up.
JOY, JOY, JOY

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Re: New Wireless driver, where? [WAS: First attempt at installing wireless]

gregfreemyer
On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 6:14 PM, Greg Freemyer <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM, Greg Freemyer <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> Still more searching - everything is not as it seems.
>>
>> Per lspci -nn I have a Broadcom BCM4312 [14e4:4315]
>>
>> The 4315 variant is not supported by the b43 module.
>>
>> But a very new kernel module (wl.ko) does support it as well as most
>> of what the b43 module supports.
>>
>> It is available directly from Broadcom:
>> http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
>>
>> But it comes in a hybrid form.
>>
>> I can't find it prepacked (compiled)  for OpenSUSE 11.1.  I have not
>> even found a HowTo yet.
>>
>> Does this exist?
>>
>> If not, I'll download the "hybrid" and use the generic readme.
>>
>> Thanks
>> Greg
>>
>
> This is unbelievably painful.
>
> I found instructions at:
> http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx#Broadcom_STA_Driver
>
> I have followed them but it still did not work:
>
> 1) I installed broadcom-wl from packman (brand new release is available)
>
> 2) I rebooted to the normal kernel   --   no joy
>
> 3) I had noticed that during the broadcom-wl install it had installed
> a debug kernel and that was added to my grub menu.  I booted it up.
> JOY, JOY, JOY

I updated the opensuse wiki to reflect the above.  And I added a
couple of references to the bc4312.

http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx

This is my first experience with linux and wireless, so if one of you
experts feel I messed up the wiki entry, please fix it.

I also updated the HCL for broadcom.  Same comment applies.

http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)#Chipsets

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Greg
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Re: Re: New Wireless driver, where? [WAS: First attempt at installing wireless]

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On Friday 30 January 2009, Greg Freemyer wrote:

> I updated the opensuse wiki to reflect the above.  And I added a
> couple of references to the bc4312.
>
> http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx
>
> This is my first experience with linux and wireless, so if one of you
> experts feel I messed up the wiki entry, please fix it.

Changed it.  Packman has had broadcom kmp packages available for all the
kernel flavors, not just the debug kernel, since they started packaging it.

Additionally, the broadcom-wl package simply provides the module blacklist
necessary for wl.ko to work.  It does not require the debug kernel, but it
does have broadcom-wl-kmp as a dependency, which can be fulfilled by any of
the broadcom-wl-kmp-* packages.


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Re: Re: New Wireless driver, where? [WAS: First attempt at installing wireless]

gregfreemyer
On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM, Scott Jones <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Friday 30 January 2009, Greg Freemyer wrote:
>
>> I updated the opensuse wiki to reflect the above.  And I added a
>> couple of references to the bc4312.
>>
>> http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx
>>
>> This is my first experience with linux and wireless, so if one of you
>> experts feel I messed up the wiki entry, please fix it.
>
> Changed it.  Packman has had broadcom kmp packages available for all the
> kernel flavors, not just the debug kernel, since they started packaging it.
>

Okay, from my normal desktop pc (no wireless) via yast I just clicked
broadcom-wl from the broadcom choices.  It auto checked only the debug
kernel.

When I installed on the laptop, I did not notice that it auto selected
only the debug kernel, thus my confusion.

I'm going to edit the wiki entry to note that issue.

> Additionally, the broadcom-wl package simply provides the module blacklist
> necessary for wl.ko to work.  It does not require the debug kernel, but it
> does have broadcom-wl-kmp as a dependency, which can be fulfilled by any of
> the broadcom-wl-kmp-* packages.
>
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