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Old 01-26-2007, 09:04 AM   #1
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new linux user--help with drivers


i've tried installing linux on my notebook before and i've had it working but haven't been able to get my wireless internet to work. i'm going to tempt fate again and try to install ubuntu on my machine. the problem is i don't know how to get my wireless to work-i think it's because i don't have the drivers for it-does anyone know where i can download the drivers? thanks (if more information is needed, please let me know because i really don't know what's involved in installing drivers...)
 
Old 01-26-2007, 09:53 AM   #2
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Wireless networking is a difficult thing to get working for the beginner. Difficult, but not impossible.

First off, what type of notebook is it, and what is the make/model of the wireless NIC?

Some wireless cards are supported by the kernel, but often require you to download firmware. Others can be made to work using windows drivers built into the linux kernel with the help of a program called ndiswrapper. Another possibility is a program called madwifi.

Check the hardware compatibility list and see if your card/laptop is posted. Ubuntu's hardware detection is fairly good, but knowing specifically what works and how can be very helpful.

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Old 01-26-2007, 01:26 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by JimBass

First off, what type of notebook is it, and what is the make/model of the wireless NIC?
ok so my computer isn't on the list...it's a gateway m350wvn-it sucks so i wasn't really expecting it to be on there

as far as the make/model of the wireless NIC-i'm not exaclty sure what that is but these are my network specs...

Code:
Modem features 	

    * Integrated Ambit AC 97 Soft V.92/56K data/fax modem
    * Uses the RJ-11 jack on the side of the notebook
    * Supports Wake on Ring from S3 power mode 

10/100 Mbps Ethernet interface features 	

    * Integrated Intel 82562EZ IEEE 802.3 (10/100 BASE-TX) Ethernet interface
    * Uses the RJ-45 jack on the side of the notebook
    * Supports Wake on LAN from S3 power mode 

Wireless Ethernet interface features (Factory installed option)
IEEE 802.11g network card

    * Installed in Mini PCI expansion slot
    * Antenna: Uses factory-installed internal antenna assembly
    * Operating channels: 11 selectable channels
    * Security: 128 and 64 bit WEP encryption
    * Operating Frequency: 2.4GHz Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
    * Maximum Data Rate: 54 Mbps 

IEEE 802.11b network card

    * Uses factory-installed internal antenna assembly
    * 11 selectable channels
    * 2,412-MHz to 2,462-MHz Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
    * 40 bit (minimum) WEP and 128 bit RC4 security
Is that any help to anyone? Thanks

-Hairy
 
Old 01-26-2007, 01:34 PM   #4
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That still doesn't give us a model name/number for the wireless card. Please post the output of:
Code:
lspci                                            or
/sbin/lspci
That way we'll know what your linux box sees inside of itself.

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Old 01-26-2007, 09:23 PM   #5
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k well i don't have ubuntu installed yet-i was going to soon, but the last time i had linux installed my wireless didn't work so i wanted to make sure before i installed it that i had everything i needed...
so how can i find what kind of wireless card i have through windows-i remember when i tried to do this before i even called gateway support and asked them what kind of card i had in this and they were 0 help...so where should i look for what wireless card i have?

thanks

-hairy
 
Old 01-26-2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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IIRC, right click on my computer, go to properties, go to the hardware tab, and click on device manager. There should be both wired and wireless network card entries.

You WONT have wireless "just work" off the bat. You'll have to connect the linux box to the router through a cable, in order to download the software you'll need to get the wireless working, none of it is likely to be included on the install disk.

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Old 01-26-2007, 11:09 PM   #7
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k well i'll be able to hard wire my computer for installation-thanks for the advice

ok i think i've got it. I have a Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter for my wireless- so now all i need is the linux driver for that wireless card right? -- google here i come...if anyone knows where to get a driver for this card i'd be very greatful...and thanks for all the help up to this point JB

-hairy

p.s.
ok i just found this page: here
is that what i'm looking for?!?!

p.s.s
i've also been reading up online and apparently if i have my windows driver (a .sys file) i may be able to use that if i use ndiswrapper??? is this the case? and does the latest version of ubuntu come with ndiswrapper? i'm not sure what ndiswrapper is but if this is true then i'll start reading up...thanks again
 
Old 01-26-2007, 11:18 PM   #8
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That is a very common wireless card. I believe there are several different chipsets within those cards, so you may need to find out which chipset version you have.

Try checking http://google.com/linux for the most helpful info.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 01-27-2007, 01:10 PM   #9
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i got a model # for my wireless card
BCM94306MP
but i can't find a chipset version, even after calling gateway tech support...
is there anything i can do with a model number?
 
Old 01-27-2007, 01:24 PM   #10
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Certainly. Search around here and at http://google.com/linux for suggestions. I don't have that card myself, so I don't know exactly what you're looking for. You can try using a tool called ndiswrapper to use the windows driver for your card in linux.

Ndiswrapper doesn't usually come on the installation CD, but it can be downloaded for free from many spots. There are also guides all over this site about getting ndiswrapper to work.

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