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Old 02-06-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
sly100100
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Having trouble getting broadcom 4318 wirless to work


Hi, I have installed mandriva 2006 so I can get my feet wet learning linux. I am very good at windows. But linux is like learning dos but worse! *L* Anyway I have a dual boot system with winxp and I like so many others am having a problem getting my wireless card to work on my hp zd8000 laptop. I have read lots of how tos on installing the ndiswrapper. But when I follow the step by step I seem to run into trouble.

Seesm like no matter what I tray I don't have premission to do it. So I tried logging in as root and tinkered a bit but no luck getting a driver to work.

Any help would be much appreciated. I am pretty fearless when it comes to getting into the inner workings, so feel free to make suggestions.

I can't believe it can be that hard to get my wireless to work.
 
Old 02-07-2006, 11:55 AM   #2
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I have an acer laptop with that same built in card.
I was not able to get it to work with ndiswrapper either.
I kind of gave up, but i believe it is ACPI IRQ related.
Try sending this to the kernel at boot:
acpi=noirq
 
Old 02-07-2006, 04:14 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sly100100
Anyway I have a dual boot system with winxp and I like so many others am having a problem getting my wireless card to work on my hp zd8000 laptop. I have read lots of how tos on installing the ndiswrapper. But when I follow the step by step I seem to run into trouble.

Seesm like no matter what I tray I don't have premission to do it. So I tried logging in as root and tinkered a bit but no luck getting a driver to work.

What kind of trouble are you running into with ndiswrapper? I switched about a year ago and ndiswrapper was one of the first things that i had to learn to use. Obviously that was a pretty rough intro to linux, but once you get it, you've got some experience already!

Can you post the code in that is the "problem" with ndiswrapper? Also, make sure that it is module is loaded by running: lsmod |grep ndis

If that doesnt come back with anything, run: ndiswrapper -m

And, do you have the correct .inf files for your driver downloaded and loaded into ndiswrapper?
 
Old 02-07-2006, 04:21 PM   #4
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i get some essid error, i will be able to post more when i get home.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 07:16 AM   #5
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i have the same card on acer.i have installed ndiswrapper with an IRQ error which i resolved using acpi=noirq.but the problem is that the card's LED does not glow while i boot in fedora 4.the card works well in windows xp.
ndiswrapper says driver installed ...hardware present.help!
 
Old 03-09-2006, 11:14 AM   #6
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same problem, same laptop. From what i have researched it may be a problem with that light/button not enabling the device. In windows software controls that button to turn on/off the wireless card, there isn't software for linux that has that control. From what i can tell at this point it won't work because of that.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 11:46 AM   #7
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I have a zv6000 with the same card. I was able to get it working in Mepis with ndiswrapper, but I had to remove the existing drivers and load the ones I grabbed from the Acer site. Once the drivers were loaded, I used the Mepis control panel to configure the essid, wep key, etc.

It works fine, and the button/light are both working.
 
Old 03-13-2006, 01:55 AM   #8
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wifi card led does not glow

but i have already installed drivers from acer site but the card does not glow.dont we have any extra utility in fedora 4 to do that.any other case that must be taken care to get the led working.
 
  


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