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Re: [opensuse] Installing wireless on Dell Vostro
  • From: Stan Goodman <stan.goodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 00:02:26 +0200
  • Message-id: <200910070002.26849.stan.goodman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 23:38:18 on Tuesday Tuesday 06 October 2009, kanenas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Tuesday 06 October 2009 01:07:49 am Stan Goodman wrote:
At 00:13:10 on Monday Monday 05 October 2009, Felix Miata

<mrmazda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 2009/10/04 23:53 (GMT+0200) Stan Goodman composed:
I am now trying to install the internal wireless card in my
Vostro notebook machine....


As a matter of good citizenship, I should probably mention that the
Broadcom bcm4322 wireless card, which is built in to the Vostro 15
notebook machine does not appear in the list of cards supported by
the NDISWrapper either, a remarkable fact for a machine intended to
be loaded with Linux.

At this point, I think the simplest way to gain wireless capability
would be to buy an external USB wireless dongle, a supported one, of
course (the machine hasn't support for PCMCIA cards).

Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on


try the ndiswrapper. my vostro works with it. somewhat, that is , it is
always an adventure to connect to a *new* connection or to switch from
one to another after putting the machine to sleep. i runn 11.1 with
kde3 and knetworkmanager flakes out a lot and ifup has a hard time
forgetting the "old" connection even after it is reset in yast. i often
do a lot of "rmmod ndiswrapper"close knetworkmanager and reconfig, it
often seems that ndiswrapper gets multiple installs, but, there are
times everything works with no problem. so far i have been unable to
make a connection only 3-4 times in more than 100 diff locations, but
the painless ones are only a handful.
no i don't know the exact chip i have, but i believe the "exterior"
name is bcm4322.
when i go to the shop l will check the rest.
good luck,

The chip on your card is probably 4315, like mine. You can find out by

lspci -vnn | grep 14e4

Thanks for the description of your "adventure", which seems
indistinguishable from masochism. I have no intention of trying the
wrapper since I saw the presence of the item in the "unsupported" list. I
don't look for trouble. But ... Enjoy!


Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on
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