Oct 222010
 

In openSUSE 11.3, laptops installed with the BCM4311/BCM4312/BCM4321/BCM4322 Wireless LAN cards like the Dell Inspiron 1525 do not have drivers installed and hence do not work out of the box. In Dell this Wireless card is labelled as “Dell 1395 Wireless card”. The broadcom-wl package which contain Broadcom’s IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n hybrid Linux® device driver for use with Broadcom’s BCM4311-, BCM4312-, BCM4321-, and BCM4322-based hardware doesn’t seem to work.

To get your Wireless up and running, you need your Wired Ethernet assistance to connect to the internet and download the b43-firmware package 1-click installer.
To check and confirm the Broadcom wireless card installed on your Laptop:

Annai:~ # lspci|grep -i broad
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01

Click to download and automatically start YST package manager. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Once installed, reboot your laptop and run the following command:

Annai:~ # /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
Downloading b43 firmware
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Extracting b43 firmware
This file is recognised as:
ID         :  FW15
filename   :  wl_apsta.o
version    :  478.104
MD5        :  bb8537e3204a1ea5903fe3e66b5e2763
Extracting b43/ucode5.fw
Extracting b43/pcm5.fw
Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals5.fw
Extracting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
Extracting b43/a0g1initvals5.fw
Extracting b43/a0g0initvals5.fw
Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals5.fw
Extracting b43/ucode9.fw
Extracting b43/a0g1initvals9.fw
Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals9.fw
Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals9.fw
Extracting b43/b0g0initvals9.fw
Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals9.fw
Extracting b43/a0g0initvals9.fw
Extracting b43/ucode11.fw
Extracting b43/n0bsinitvals11.fw
Extracting b43/n0absinitvals11.fw
Extracting b43/n0initvals11.fw
Extracting b43/ucode13.fw
Extracting b43/b0g0initvals13.fw
Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals13.fw
Extracting b43/a0g1initvals13.fw
Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals13.fw
Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals13.fw
Extracting b43/lp0initvals13.fw
Extracting b43/ucode14.fw
Extracting b43/lp0initvals14.fw
Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals14.fw
Extracting b43/ucode15.fw
Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals15.fw
Extracting b43/lp0initvals15.fw
Extracting b43/ucode16.fw
Extracting b43/n0bsinitvals16.fw
Extracting b43/sslpn0initvals16.fw
Extracting b43/n0initvals16.fw
Extracting b43/lp0initvals16.fw
Extracting b43/sslpn0bsinitvals16.fw
Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals16.fw
Downloading b43legacy firmware
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Extracting b43legacy firmware
This file is recognised as:
ID         :  FW10
filename   :  wl_apsta.o
version    :  295.14
MD5        :  e08665c5c5b66beb9c3b2dd54aa80cb3
Extracting b43legacy/ucode2.fw
Extracting b43legacy/ucode4.fw
Extracting b43legacy/ucode5.fw
Extracting b43legacy/ucode11.fw
Extracting b43legacy/pcm4.fw
Extracting b43legacy/pcm5.fw
Extracting b43legacy/a0g0bsinitvals2.fw
Extracting b43legacy/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
Extracting b43legacy/a0g0initvals5.fw
Extracting b43legacy/a0g1bsinitvals5.fw
Extracting b43legacy/a0g0initvals2.fw
Extracting b43legacy/a0g1initvals5.fw
Extracting b43legacy/b0g0bsinitvals2.fw
Extracting b43legacy/b0g0initvals5.fw
Extracting b43legacy/b0g0initvals2.fw
Extracting b43legacy/a0g0bsinitvals5.fw
b43 firmware successfully installed.
b43legacy firmware successfully installed.
This should enable your Wireless Card on your laptop.
To confirm
Annai:~ # iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:”xxxxx”
Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF
Bit Rate=1 Mb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=70/70  Signal level=-22 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
pan0      no wireless extensions.
You can now connect your Wireless network from your Network Manager