Broadcom does not reveal the details about its chipset and doesn’t allow the distribution of their copyrighted firmware. To get the firmware installed, you need to download the appropriate Broadcom driver (which is for a MIPS-based Linux), extract the firmware from that driver, and put it in the correct directory.
Note: For chipset BCM4311Rev2 click here and for BCM4328 click here
To install and successfully use the Broadcom Wireless devices in openSUSE SUSE or infact any Linux, you can use the bcm43zz drivers from here
The bcm43xx drivers are based on reverse engineered specifications and are now included into the Linux Kernel from 2.6.17-rc2. This means the newset version of openSUSE 11.0 should have the driver already built-in with Linux Kernel 184.108.40.206-1.1.
To install the drivers in openSUSE 11.0, switch user to root and the run the bcm driver installer as follows:
SAIBABA:~ # su –
SAIBABA:~ # /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
This should install the drivers for you.
Reboot your computer and should now be able to use the Broadcomm Wireless card.
SAIBABA:~ # reboot
This should work!!!
For some reason, when you install the firmware and reboot. I navigate to the network manager and I am unable to see anything. What am I missing?
Do you mean, there is no wireless card in there? Are you dual booting with Windows by any chance? Whats the chipset of the Broadcom card
I have followed the above to install the broadcom drivers to the letter. The wireless is not obtaining an IP address from the router. All the correct details have been entered for the encryption, etc, and was working fine in openSUSE 10.3. I have also tried to set up the wireless with ndiswrapper, and an IP address was obtained but unable to browse the interest. I thought it may be the firewall settings, but I find the openSUSE one a challenge to understand. Any suggestions?
Thanks a lot for instructions. Took me a couple of minutes to get wireless to work.
Thanks a lot for this post. I’ve tried a lot of different “words of wisdom”, some of them worked after a lot of pulling hear, some of them did not. This time it took me 5 minutes at most, including a reboot and wireless worked.
Brilliant soloution – obvious once you know where it is.
Thank you very much I now have Wifi on my laptop
Thank you ,it helped a lot..