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Old 01-27-2008, 06:00 AM   #1
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wireless LAN..doesn't work..


i tried to connect through the wireless lan in my laptop...but it says something like needs driver or find it from windows !! i've choosec the windows choice and said file not found...although the wireless lan is working properly from windows...

so is there a driver or an update to make it works??

Old 01-27-2008, 06:04 AM   #2
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We wouldn't be able to tell you, we don't know which card is in it.
Old 01-27-2008, 07:33 AM   #3
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i hava dell inspiron 1300 (laptop)..
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You still need to tell us about the device itself. lspci output would probably be helpful. The distribution you're using would also be useful.
Old 01-29-2008, 04:30 AM   #5
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this is all what i could get about the hardware...and hope it's enough:

Vendor: ‎Broadcom Corporation

Description: ‎BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller

Media class: ‎Network controller

Bus: ‎PCI

PCI domain: ‎0

Bus PCI #: ‎2

PCI device #: ‎3

PCI function #: ‎0

Vendor ID: ‎0x14e4

Device ID: ‎0x4318

Sub vendor ID: ‎0x1028

Sub device ID: ‎0x0005

Module: ‎bcm43xx
Old 01-29-2008, 06:01 AM   #6
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The kernel of most all mainstream Linux distribution has support for that card. But most people install the Windows driver using Ndiswrapper. There are many articles on how to do this including specific articles for the distribution you are using. Like this article for PC Linux.
Copy and paste the question below into a Google search engine and replace "Fedora" with the name of the Linux distribution you are using.
Installing BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller in Fedora
Old 01-29-2008, 06:07 AM   #7
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Hello sarmoodi

I have a broadcom 4318 that works really well with Fedora 8 and the built in broadcom drivers without the need for ndiswrapper.

However, unless you tell us which distribution you are running and its version number we won't be able to help as different distributions are at different stages in what they have built in.
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am using Mandriva 2008
Old 01-29-2008, 09:31 AM   #9
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Hello sarmoodi

I don't use Mandriva so I can't tell you in detail how to proceed, but until someone who does comes along I may be able to give you come hints.

Firstly, there are three ways to control a broadcom 4318.

There is the new b43 driver included in some distributions which works very well with my 4318 but does not appear to be included in Mandriva.

I say 'does not appear to be included' because in your post #5 the output mentions the bcm43xx which was the previous driver and which I and a lot of people could never get to work with the 4318.

There is ndiswrapper which now appears to be your best bet.

If you go the ndiswrapper route then you will need to stop the bcm43xx from loading.

The usual way to stop that happening would be to add two lines to the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-mdv

They are:

blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist mac80211
You can soon see if that has been successful by running the command:

after rebooting.

You will need access to the bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys files from you Windows wireless driver.

Open the Mandriva Control Centre - Network and Internet - Set up a new Network Interface - wireless, and you should have an option to select use a windows driver with ndiswrapper. Point it at your .inf file.

I've checked the various parts are in Mandriva even if I haven't used them to install. I did use PCLOS a while ago which borrows heavily from the Mandriva layout though and it worked easily there.

Hope that helps to get you on the road.
Old 01-29-2008, 01:06 PM   #10
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thank u all...

it's worked now...i've downloaded wl_apsta- and it's working now..

thnx alot..
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mandriva control center

i believe mandriva has a control center just like pclinuxos and kde, there should be a pretty simple gui for wireless config just download the driver and open the zip folder there should be a file called something like bcwm5.inf and thats the one you need.

hope that helps


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