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Old 11-11-2008, 04:58 PM   #1
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Broadcom Corporation BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)


Hi All,

I've been using Linux since SuSE 9.0. I've used most of the major distros SuSE, openSuSE, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc. I've run all of these off of Notebooks. I've dual booted, even tri-booted systems.

BUT, always need to uses a WiFi PCMCIA Card / USB device.

I'm about to switch out my 160Gb HDD for a 320Gb one.

There are several new Linux distros available in the next 4 weeks or so e.g. openSuSE 11.1, Fedora 10, and the latest from Ubuntu.

Does anyone have a recommendation for what works best with my WiFi chipset?

I've never been successful with ndiswrapper. Should I be looking for a specific kernel that would give me the best shot at this?
 
Old 11-11-2008, 07:19 PM   #2
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Not sure what kind of problem you've been having, but I have the exact same chipset and I've been running Kubuntu 8.04 fine with ndiswrapper -- the only trick is finding the right windows drivers for it. However, I am one of the lucky owners of an HP dv6000-series notebook, of which 1 in 7 have wifi cards that spontaneously combust (well, not really) a year after purchase.

Moral: ndiswrapper is a pain, but most importantly, DON'T BUY HP!!!!!!!
 
Old 11-14-2008, 05:43 PM   #3
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sydney-troz,

I'm not sure what to make of your reply.

Thanks for the post, and the search goes on...

BTW, I have the Presario V6000 Notebook e.g. 15.4" screen, native 2 Gb RAM, The usual stuff running openSuSE 10.0.

I want that neat solution to running Linux, and my on board WiFi chip set without a USB / PCMCIA card.
 
Old 11-15-2008, 08:59 AM   #4
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I want that neat solution to running Linux, and my on board WiFi chip set without a USB / PCMCIA card.
While that is an admirable goal, it is unfortunately one that Broadcom doesn't share. For that chipset, ndiswrapper may be your only option. That chipset isn't supported by the the b43 driver (although you could try) and Broadcom's official Linux driver doesn't support it either.
 
Old 11-15-2008, 03:34 PM   #5
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Hangdog42,

Thanks for bringing me back to reality. It will probably be about 4 weeks until all the latest Linux Distros e.g. Fedora 10, openSuSE 10.1, and Linux Mint are available. I already have the CD / DVD versions of Ubuntu 8.10.

I've used all of them before with the exception of Fedora. I'll probably make that my first attempt @ ndiswrapper.

Again, thanks for the post.
 
  


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