I have loaded the pseudo-chrome OS Based on SUSE 11.4 on a very old laptop (an HP Turon 64 1.8 GHZ with 1.280 GB RAM and a 90 GB HD, 17" 1440x900 screen) which includes an old broadcomm b/g wi-fi router. The built-in codes *sees* the broadcom, and even reports the mac address. But the wi-fi won't detect any networks, and the light that indicates the wi-fi is on never lights up, the switch also never seems to activate the wi-fi.
anyone have any idea what is wrong and how it can be fixed?
I see, so issuing (from the command prompt, as root)
will return a wlanN listing (N being a number, likely 0)
You may want to refer to any documentation you have about the laptop to see if there's a wireless "kill" switch (whether it be a physical switch or a switch controlled by software), if it's the former, make sure it's set to the "on" position, if it's the latter you'll need to do a little research to see if accessing that functionality is supported in Linux for that chip, although many will utilize the tool rfkill
will list some useful information, or you could likewise just read the man(ual) page