Originally Posted by castalla2007
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa ... I beg forgiveness for the disrespect I showed to the almighty GNULinux. Come off it, please. Can't you lot take a little bit of cynicism?
Listen ... I just tried installing VLC with mozilla extensions. Exasperation to the Nth degree ... the Mandriva software install program tells me that a whole bunch of dependencies need to be updated/installed. I do the OK. THEN it tells me a libvlc.0.0.8.6a-2mdv2007.1.586.rpm is missing at some ftp site in The Netherlands and to update the media database. I do this only to be be presented with a 20 item list of lib whatnots and the instruction that one of them needs to be updated - which one???????. Doesn't seem to matter which, 'cos no matter what I choose, nothing gets installed.
Suggest a change from Linux to Sysiphus, or to be less classical, then Catch-22 might be a good name - because, believe me that's how it feels!
Right, so now the general help I seem to have received boils down to:
1. Common demoninator - you are an idiot because you can't get it to work;
2. If you don't like it, bugger off back to Windows.
This is exactly the same response I got when I asked for help in trying to get broadcom wifi working in Ubuntu - is it something in the Linuxer genes? or maybe it's the environment? Nature vs. nurture, who cares. In the event, I persevered and got wifi working in Mandriva and PuppyLinux but only by using the proprietary (aaaargh) windows drivers and ndiswrapper.
Special thanks to Masonm. I'm seriously thinking of taking your advice!
Just read dv502 - sounds reasonable! I'll give it a try - and many thanks for an instructive reply --- fingers crossed!
Noting your experience with Wi-Fi in Ubuntu, I have a very integrated wifi in my laptop which I thought would never work, however Ubuntu now has the ability to download the drivers via software update, and also will allow you to fetch and extract the restricted firmware it needs and enable it.
The process was pretty straightforward and automatic.
I use broadcom as well, and the WiFi works flawlessly.
NOTE: If the wifi hardware appears to work, but you're not picking up signals, you may have to set your wifi to "roaming mode" in the network panel.
I hope I didn't embarassingly enter this response after the issue has already been resolved, or enter a completely useless addition to this topic. lol