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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!!!!!!!
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.
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.