Linux (LPIC1) skills – How-To get your WiFi runnin’ on Open Suse, Red Hat, Et Al

Tags: Linux, OpenSuse, RedHat, WiFi, Wireless, KDE, Dell, Studio, 1737, 1735
Hardware: Dell studio 1737; however this works in general on other hardware for the aforementioned OS’s by changing the grep statement to your hardware
OS: Opensuse
Issue resolved: WiFi driver
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#summary of commands to resolve these issues
#lspci;dmesg | grep Broadcom;sudo /usr/instal_bm43xx_firmware
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#step 1:
#find who your wifi manufacturer is, (hint: run the following command then look for wifi references):
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suse253:~ # lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
…snipped output…
04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
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#step 2:
# grep for references to your wifi manufacturer (Broadcom in my case) in dmesg
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suse253:~ # dmesg | grep Broadcom
[ 5.438335] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4322 WLAN found (core revision 16)
[ 5.461254] Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PMNLS ]
[ 5.465063] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command “sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware” to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the “Installing firmware from RPM packages” section.
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#step 3:
# now follow the instructions that the dmesg so conveniently output above (install wifi microcode)
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suse253:~ # sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
Downloading b43 firmware
######################################################################## 100.0%
Extracting b43 firmware
This file is recognised as:
filename : wl_apsta.o
version : 666.2
MD5 : e1b05e268bcdbfef3560c28fc161f30e
Extracting b43/lp0initvals14.fw
Extracting b43/lcn0bsinitvals25.fw
…snipped output…
Extracting b43/ht0bsinitvals29.fw

Downloading b43legacy firmware
######################################################################## 100.0%
Extracting b43legacy firmware
This file is recognised as:
filename : wl_apsta.o
version : 295.14
MD5 : e08665c5c5b66beb9c3b2dd54aa80cb3
Extracting b43legacy/ucode2.fw
…snipped output…
Extracting b43legacy/a0g0bsinitvals5.fw

b43 firmware successfully installed.
b43legacy firmware successfully installed.
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#congrats it should be working : now connect to a wifi ssid
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