[Novalug] Donald Harvey
greg at pryzby.org
Wed Jan 25 09:46:16 EST 2012
Here is a good place to start:
Look up the laptop on the manufacturers site to see what card maybe in it.
Here is how to do it from OpenSuSE:
Here is another way to get the info:
Flip the hard switch to OFF for wireless
sudo cat /var/log/messages
Flip the hard switch to ON for wireless
Hopefully the card will be recognized and errors about drivers will appear.
I didn't see what version of SuSE he is using. Here is a discussion
that might help:
Search Engine for
<suse version here> broadcom wireless driver
for more info.
On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM, Jay Hart <jhart at kevla.org> wrote:
> Donald has a new laptop as mentioned and his main network connection will be
> wireless. I wasn't able to determine what type of device he had, as I was
> having problems hearing him on the phone.
> I also was not able to determine via command line tools which chipset:
> broadcom, atheros, etc was in play.
> His number is below.
>> I'm on the phone with him now.
>>> to my great surprise I got a personal email, below, from someone who had
>>> misinterpreted my occasional postings of solutions to linux-related problems
>>> that were usually solved by others that I was an expert. Big mistake,
>>> but still,
>>> I did give him a call to see if I could help him out, in large part
>>> because I have
>>> gotten so much help from all of you (and more from some of you, you know
>>> who you are: thanks!). Try to keep good karma and such.... but, I
>>> couldn't help
>>> Instead, I suggested that he take his laptop to the next meeting,
>>> introduce himself
>>> and his laptop, and get some help there.
>>> What I remember about his problem:
>>> He has a new (2012) Lenovo laptop, spanking new. He's a SUSE guy, so he
>>> put SUSE on there. He mumbled something about a 'broadcomm chip':
>>> I had one in my laptop too and this gave all kinds of problems that were
>>> solved only with difficulty.
>>> Doing 'iwconfig' as root shows that he has no active ethernet card, and that
>>> his wireless card isn't there either. I should have asked him to do
>>> as root, but I didn't think of that.
>>> Anyway, if someone knowledgeable is willing to give him a hand I'm sure
>>> he'll appreciate it. I tried, but couldn't. Don't you like challenges?
>>> Here's his email.
>>> On 01/24/2012 08:05 PM, Donald Harvey wrote:
>>>> Nino hello my name is Donald Harvey you don't know me I'm a member of
>>>> the novalug ..I'm new to the group ..I'm not sure how to use the
>>>> mailing list I'm having some issues something wrong with my network on
>>>> my new laptop can you give me a call tonight 5713407155
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