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I have an HP DV6 1030us and I am dual booting Windows 7 64bit and Slackware 13.0 64bit. I know there is a Broadcom wireless card and when I go to HP.com it says there are 2 drivers:
» Intel PRO/Wireless Drivers for Microsoft Windows 7 10-2009 13.0
>>>> Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5300 Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100
» Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 10-2009 188.8.131.52
>>>> Broadcom 43224AG 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n WiFi Adapter
My question is, how do I get wireless access in Slackware? I already have it set up to work with an wired connection but I really need the wireless access to make the OS functional for me to use. I am new to Linux so please be patient. Any help is appreciated.
lspci -v gave me Broadcom BCM 4322 as my wireless controller. I also used the other command but I am not sure what to look for. Do you know of a good resource I can find a driver from for my system? Second I don't know how to install the drive once I find it. Also someone suggested to me to look for a program called wicd to set up my wireless connection. I didn't find that program as being installed.
I did look at that link. I am not sure that it applies to me since I am not using the RC release. So I followed this link to get the driver with instruction s in a read me file. It wasn't easy but I am pretty sure I have got the driver loaded properly. I want to try to get it working before moving on to troubleshooting. I need to keep this simple for now because I am new to Linux. Also, the driver at the following link was released in September so I think it may be a newer version than the one you were using in August.
The next step is getting my wireless running. I hear a lot about wicd. How do i install this, I did a full install and it is not there as far as I can tell i searched apps for it. So where do I get and how do I install it? BTW thanks for all the help I am really excited to get into Slackware so I can teach my friends and family the joys of linux. My mom is still running Windows98 YIKES!!!!
I have got wicd installed and working. You guys are a great help. When I open the program and look for wireless networks to connect to it says there are none available. I have another computer connected to the wireless so I know the router is not the issue. Also I am in an apartment so there should be several signals available.
When I open the program and look for wireless networks to connect to it says there are none available
Welcome to the Great Broadcom Trap. Because of licensing, there is an interesting twist to getting Broadcom wireless devices working. The kernel contains the b43 driver, which is probably being loaded (check lsmod to see). However, the b43 driver is only half the equation: You also need firmware for b43 to work, and because of Broadcom's licensing, nobody can distribute that. The upshot is that when you first install Linux, the card appears to work because b43 is present, but doesn't actually work because there is no firmware. So you really have a few alternatives here:
1) Broadcom's own Linux driver - This doesn't require additional firmware but you do have to compile it yourself. It is actually pretty easy.
2) Continue with b43 - In this case visit Slackbuilds.org, search on b43 and install the needed tools and firmware.
3) Ndiswrapper - I would use this only if the previous two methods fail. It is a way to use a Windows driver in Linux.
I am not using that driver. I am using the Broadcom driver. It is called wl and is loaded in the lsmod. There are no old drivers such as the b43. So just to recap: I have the Broadcom driver from Broadcom installed and when I open wicd it does not discover any networks???? Please Help, aslo, I have a NetGear USB wifi dongle, whould that be a better direction to go in considering everyone is stating there are issues with the Broadcom driver..?? The netgear dongle is the WNDA3100
Glad to hear you are up. You could still have used the linked firmware, you need to understand the usage of the level of software in '-current' and your stable install. The thread on RC would lead you to the same solutions. Plus the firmware that was linked would allow you to have and use the 'wlan0' device plus stable firmware.
That's the problem with the Broadcom STA driver. For some the device is recognized as 'eth1' device. Adjust your configuration information to use that device. Look forward to some issues with the 'STA'.
BTW, I would upgrade 'wicd-1.6.2-x86_64-1' to 'wicd-1.7.0-x86_64-1' package which is much improved.