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Old 05-08-2007, 06:35 AM   #1
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Which distro will work with my linksys WMP54G out of the box?

I can't go through the hassle of downloading a distro and figuring that out when I don't know which one will even work with my network card.

Does anyone know of a specific distro that will support it? I've seen lots of posts about linuxant or whatever but I don't understand when they post the directions of how to do that.. it looks so confusing! Right now I have mandrake 10.0 and windows xp on a dual boot and I have to use windows to use the internet.
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According to the (non v4) card has a broadcom bcm43xx chip, which according to is "included into the Linux kernel since 2.6.17-rc2" so I think any distro with kernel >= 2.6.17 will work for you. If you have a v4 card it's a ralink rt2x00 chipset which also seems well supported.
I suggest you ask in the main forum for the specific distro you have in mind for more info.

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Ubuntu 7.04 has the BCM43xx driver built as a module.

You will need install fwcutter to get the firmware file installed before loading the driver.
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Ive used FC, Suse, and red hat they all seem to work easily with linksys.
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There are 2 ways to go with a Broadcom based device. Either use fwcutter to extract and install the Windows firmware for the chipset, or use ndiswrapper with a Windows driver. It pretty much amounts to the same thing.

You might check out something like Simply Mepis as it comes with ndiswrapper preinstalled (or at least it used to), and a several common chipset drivers already installed to it.

Otherwise you'll just have to deal with it as mentioned above.


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