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How to use a BCM4311 based wireless chip with SLED11

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11


A laptop with BCM4311 based wireless LAN chip was installed with SLED11 but the device cannot connect to a wireless network.


Before the device can be used the firmware needs to get installed. For this, openSUSE 11.1 offers a package called b43-fwcutter which provides a script ('install_bcm43xx_firmware') that will download and install the appropriate firmware for the device. Unfortunately, this package is not available on SLED11 but can be downloaded from

The package can be installed using the command

   rpm -Uvh b43-fwcutter*rpm

To update the firmware, run as root the command


Afterwards reboot the system to have the hardware completely reinitialized. Using the Network-Manager applets available, you should be able to connect to wireless networks.

Please note that this information is based on user reports. As the b43-fwcutter RPM is not shipped with SLED11, SUSE Technical Services does not support this package.

Additional Information

The above solution was discovered using:

Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)

26: PCI 300.0: 0282 WLAN controller
  Model: "Broadcom BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN"
  Vendor: pci 0x14e4 "Broadcom"
  Device: pci 0x4311 "BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN"
  SubVendor: pci 0x14e4 "Broadcom"
  SubDevice: pci 0x0465

Please see for more information.


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  • Document ID:7004503
  • Creation Date: 23-Sep-2009
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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