Originally Posted by krdan4th
OK so I have a laptop HP pavilion dv8000 the amd set up, and it has the broadcom chipset from what i have come to find out it is very stubborn. and I am having the hardest time trying to get the wireless to work. Well when i install a Linux i have tried a few different distros. I was wondering if any one can give me the simplest directions on trying to configure my wireless card or recommend a disrto that could possible already have the drivers on disc when i burn the iso. I have looked through many forums and tutorials and have yet come across one that has been usful.
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Most Wireless devices(unless they are Intel), will likely not work on a Live CD, and you'll have to configure them once you install..
Run a Live cd, Open a terminal and type "lspci" no quotes, hit enter, and see how it identifies your wireless device (I think those HP's have broadcoms)... Generally speaking, Intel works out of the box, Atheros works almost flawlessly w/ Madwifi, and Broadcom and Realtek will be a bit of a pain.