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Archive for March 22nd, 2010

Solving typical problems of BCM4312 802.11b/g

March 22nd, 2010 by

The problem 1: I have a new Broadcom Wireless that doesn’t work with the driver B43, even when I download the firmware.

The problem 2: I don’t wanna use the Broadcom WL driver because its buggy, closed source, and doesn’t support aircrack.

The solution:

After a while working with this solution, i must say that the wireless range its improve and everything else working perfectly.

So, this works for some of those BCM4311-, 12- and those weird cards that don’t work with only the B43 and the Firmware.

  1. Install build essentials with: sudo zypper in -t pattern devel_basis devel_kernel
  2. Download the package compat-wireless from http://wireless.kernel.org/
  3. Unpack the package somewhere: tar xvzf compat-wireles.tar.gz
  4. Enter in the new directory, and execute: make && make install
  5. Wait for a while, and when it ends should say something like “do make unload” DON’T DO THAT.
  6. As root exec: install_bcm43xx_firmware, this script should be in your system path, but only as root. This will download the firmware to /lib/firmware/b43.
  7. Reboot. I found that its more safe to do a clean reboot than write make unload, because i got a kernel panic if i do that. So reboot and your wireless card should be working now with b43. Remember to remove the WL driver so you don’t have conflict between them.

I did this for my Aspire One D150 and some HP Laptops and works without problems.

I hope this information is useful.


FOSSCOMM 2010 in Thessaloniki, Greece

March 22nd, 2010 by

I’d like to pass on the following announcement by George Koutsikos:

This year, during the weekend of the 24th and 25th of April 2010, the city of Thessaloniki will be hosting one of the biggest Greek conferences of free and open source software (FOSSCOMM 2010). Communities as well as companies that develop open source code will participate. After the previous two successful fosscomm events in Athens and Larisa, to which more than 300 people attended, Thessaloniki’s turn has come! Those attending the conference are given the opportunity to become more informed about open source in general as well as exchange ideas with communities and companies in the open source world. Moreover, the event is a great opportunity for people to get to know open source software which can particularly help them with everyday as well as professional needs they might have. As always, the organization of the conference is based on volunteers and totally depends on sponsors. In addition entrance is free of charge for everyone throughout the event! There will be several booths, one of which will be dedicated to openSUSE Linux so that participants will be able to get cds/dvds and get informed about our beloved distro.

Info & details: http://www.fosscomm.gr