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[opensuse] Re: New Wireless driver, where? [WAS: First attempt at installing wireless]
  • From: Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 18:46:59 -0500
  • Message-id: <87f94c370901301546t7e51efebgf3ac94bc53989d6b@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 6:14 PM, Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 5:09 PM, Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
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:

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.


This is unbelievably painful.

I found instructions at:

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.

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

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.

Greg Freemyer
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