So I've already posted for help about this over at the OpenSUSE forums but a friend of mine suggested that I might have better luck over here.
I did a clean install of OpenSUSE 12.3 with GNOME desktop and selected all community repositories to install additional software from. Installation had no errors. Installed with ethernet.
marla@inspiron-1501:~> /sbin/lspci -nn | grep Network
05:00.0 Network controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] (rev 01)
This is my network card.
I used this guide to try to install firmware without internet: https://forums.opensuse.org/english/get ... round.html
Then ran a dmesg and found the following:
[ 15.775455] b44: Broadcom 44xx/47xx 10/100 PCI ethernet driver version 2.0
[ 15.787669] b44 ssb1:0 eth0: Broadcom 44xx/47xx 10/100 PCI ethernet driver 00:1d:09:b7:98:fd
[ 15.975337] cfg80211: Calling CRDA to update world regulatory domain
[ 16.332863] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4311 WLAN found (core revision 10)
[ 16.360116] b43-phy0: Found PHY: Analog 4, Type 2 (G), Revision 8
[ 16.367443] Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PMNLS ]
[ 16.372886] cfg80211: World regulatory domain updated:
[ 16.372900] cfg80211: (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp)
[ 16.372907] cfg80211: (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[ 16.372913] cfg80211: (2457000 KHz - 2482000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[ 16.372918] cfg80211: (2474000 KHz - 2494000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[ 16.372923] cfg80211: (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[ 16.372928] cfg80211: (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[ 16.425578] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
[ 16.425584] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
[ 16.425587] 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.
So I ran the command (since the instructions were out of date) and it downloaded the firmware and then took my computer to this screen:https://www.idrive.com/idrive/sh/sh?k=juhue44616https://www.idrive.com/idrive/sh/sh?k=gsgxz89414https://www.idrive.com/idrive/sh/sh?k=iocts17802
I had to press the power button to shut down.
This is my latest dmesg: http://paste.opensuse.org/65014709
[ 15.773536] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4311 WLAN found (core revision 10)
[ 15.788056] b43-phy0: Found PHY: Analog 4, Type 2 (G), Revision 8
[ 15.796257] Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PMNLS ]
Those are the lines that relate to my network card.
Here is my iwconfig:
eth0 no wireless extensions.
lo no wireless extensions.
So that's where I'm at. This is the thread from OpenSUSE that I've been using to trouble-shoot: https://forums.opensuse.org/english/get ... ost2540905
I'm running a Dell Inspiron 1501 w/ 1GB RAM 120GB hard drive and Radeon Xpress1150
I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and had no wireless. Updated b43 firmware and wireless worked. I also did the same with the latest version of Mint MATE desktop. Both operating systems are too resource heavy for my old laptop and lacked driver support for a card as old as mine which is why I switched to OpenSUSE. I had hoped updating the firmware would do the same for SUSE as it has for other linux but unfortunately I run into this error:https://www.idrive.com/idrive/sh/sh?k=juhue44616https://www.idrive.com/idrive/sh/sh?k=gsgxz89414https://www.idrive.com/idrive/sh/sh?k=iocts17802
Thanks for taking the time to read and please let me know if I can provide any more information.