Everyone seems to say there are no drivers for these broadcom cards. I believe Ihave found a solution. I installed some driver software and now my wireless card is shown in /sbin/ifconfig. I cant test it until monday when I will try accessing the wireless at work from linux. Anyway this is what I did:
Go to http://www.linuxant.com
Download the drivers for your system. I used the red hat 9.0 i686 rpm. I just installed this with rpm -Uvh xxx.rpm. Then you are given a url to go to. This didnt work for me, so the tech support told me to:
copy bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys to /var/lib/bcmwl5driverloader. These two files are found in your windows drivers folder (i.e you need to either copy the drivers from windows or get hold of windows drivers via some other method). Once I did this I could do :
and I had to input my license key, which you can generate at the linuxant website. I got the free trial one which lasts 30 days. It isnt clear what they will charge after that (if at all). All I see is their linux modem drivers cost 15 dollars. After running bcmwl5config I could see card in /sbin/ifconfig:
eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:4B:42:36:69
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:7 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Unfortunately when I try top activiate it it cant determine ip address. I am hoping this is because their is no wireless newtwork present where I am, and all will work fine when I try in the presence of a network.
I guess this product isnt really a driver - somehow it uses the windows drivers. I dont care as long as it works!
Please post if you verify that after using this recipe your wireless card works in addition to being detected by ifconfig. (if you had to do something extra please also post details).
This card is an onboard card in compaq 2580us laptop. Linux lists it as broadcom 4320 - win xp calls it broadcom WL450.