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Old 09-28-2007, 04:10 AM   #1
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Question Broadcom WLAN card on Mandriva 2007.1


Hi,

I can't get a wifi card working on my laptop.

The laptop is HP nx7300. Win XP (after installing drivers from HP website) detects network devices as:
- 1394 Net Adapter
- Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
- Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN

The distribution is Mandriva 2007.1 Free.

As I install drivers via control center - networking - add new..., i have two options. Both of them don't seem to be working:

1) Broadcom Corporation|Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-PCI Card
At this point, I find bcmwl5.sys in windows/system32/drivers – but the program says: “Unable to find network interface for selected device (using bcm43xx driver)”

2) Use a Windows driver (with ndiswrapper)
I find file bcmwl5.inf (also in the windows folder) and the program says: “Unable to find the ndiswrapper interface!”

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 09-29-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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Not sure the steps you are doing or commands but you need to the inf driver for ndiswrapper to work.

Post the steps or commands you are doing and the errors they show.

Also if the bcm43xx module is loaded you need to blacklist it so it is not loaded on boot. It may or may not be loaded. Use the command ' /sbin/lsmod ' to see if it loaded. Same to see if ndiswrapper is loaded.

Brian
 
Old 09-29-2007, 06:41 PM   #3
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Not sure the steps you are doing or commands but you need to the inf driver for ndiswrapper to work.

Post the steps or commands you are doing and the errors they show.

Also if the bcm43xx module is loaded you need to blacklist it so it is not loaded on boot. It may or may not be loaded. Use the command ' /sbin/lsmod ' to see if it loaded. Same to see if ndiswrapper is loaded.

Brian
Brian, thanks for the reply. But I'm a newbie in linux so could you pls give me step-by-step instrutions. Plus, I do all setup via GUI, not terminal.
 
Old 09-30-2007, 06:02 PM   #4
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There are several post with step by step here. You may have to look down about 100 or so post from the search tool to find one but there are some good ones. There is also some sticky post as well under networking.

Brian
 
  


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