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Installing openSUSE 10.3 GM – SIOCSIFFLAGS No such file or directory

December 18, 2007 · Posted in Rant Corner 

openSUSE LogoIt took me quite some time to make a decision to go ahead with a new installation of SUSE. My version of SuSE was 9.3 professional and it was being installed on my laptop several years ago. The operating system was doing great and I was reluctant to let it go; the only issue with it is that SuSE 9.3 is hardly supported these days. A lot of applications are no longer supported, and one such example is Skype for Linux.

The worst thing was, I tried to modify the config file to make the latest Skype application run on SuSE 9.3 and it eventually crashed the entire application. Well, so long for that, it simply made my life easier by having to install a awesome new openSUSE 10.3.

It did not take long for me to install the new operating system. For a start, the install base CD was brilliant, with a lots of improvement made. I spent about 2 hours last night installing the operating system and it completed without a hitch.

Unfortunately, life is never so easy… I encountered a problem using the wireless card, rendering the system unable to connect to the Internet. I tried all sort of possibilities to use their manufacturer-supplied driver to connect the Broadcom chipset but to no avail. The issue was “SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory“, which I hadn’t got a clue of how to resolve it despite researching on the Internet.

My previous SUSE version was running on ndiswrapper, because no wireless driver was supported. But in this new version, it claimed that this Broadcom chipset was supported and I was really upset not being able to connect the device.

Eventually, I gave up trying to resolve that SIOCFFLAGS problem. Perhaps, I will try ndiswrapper tonight instead.

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