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Old 11-03-2005, 05:10 PM   #1
lovethepirk
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broadcom bcm 4306 and linux drivers


Is there still no linux drivers for my emachines m6805 with the bcm4306 broadcom wireless card?

I found this webste to use ndiswapper wondering if you really think it is as easy as this author made it sound?


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There are no linux drivers for the on-board Broadcom BCM4306 wireless card. However, you can still make it work under linux using NDISWrapper (which enables you to use the windows drivers in linux). First, download the windows drivers for this card from here. Then, download the ndiswrapper source from here. Then, follow the instructions at ....... I haven't actually gotten on a wireless network yet (haven't been near a public one yet), but I do see some when i do "iwlist wifi0 scan", so i assume it's working. Oh, you might need to hit the "turn wireless one" hotkey (Fn-F2) for it to work. You'll see a little blue ((e)) light under the trackpad.
Thanks,

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Old 11-03-2005, 06:30 PM   #2
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if might be a bit more than just that, but it is still quite easy.

Install the wireless utilities

download a binary of the ndiswrapper, or get the source for it, if you go the source route, make sure you also have the kernel source. also get the drivers for that wireless adapter.

follow the directions on compiling and installing the ndiswrapper package. it is quite easy and it works. I use my wireless card. i have a linksys wmp11 that has the broadcom bcm4303 chipset.

post back if you need more clear instructions.
 
Old 11-03-2005, 06:41 PM   #3
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thanks....one more question if you will

i have a copy of suse 9.2 can I update it to 10.0 while online...Thanks

I am what you would call a newbie LOL
 
Old 11-04-2005, 03:02 PM   #4
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Sorry, I am not familiar with suse's distro. Google it, go to suse, or search here. I am sure it has been covered somewhere.

Don't worry about being a newbie, everyone is a newbie at one point or another. Even if they don't admit it.

Good luck
 
Old 11-19-2005, 09:59 PM   #5
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Originally posted by docalton

post back if you need more clear instructions.

I am having the exact same problem. Running Suse 10 on an m6805 with the BCM4306.
I try and try tog et it working with Ndiswrapper, but I must have something wrong.

At first it would scan and see my AP all the time, and sometimes even connect for a few mins.
Then suddenly lose connection. Now it does not connect at all, and rarely scans.

But I am not sure what I amd oing wrong. ???

Please help

Randy
 
Old 11-19-2005, 11:34 PM   #6
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lovethepirk,

I've got a Gateway M520 with a BCM 4306, running SUSE 10.0. I've been able to get it to work.

Use YaST to install ndiswrapper; I don't know if it's on the CDs, but I set up YaST to work from the online repositories, and ndiswrapper was there.

Then go to the ndiswrapper web site and get the appropriate Windows driver; see the instructions at the ndiswrapper wiki.

Once ndiswrapper and the Windows driver are set up, use YaST (Network Devices -> Network Card) to add your wireless network card to SUSE's configuration. Check all the settings that YaST allows -- one of the settings asks for the "module" name; enter "ndiswrapper".

viriiguy, check your AP settings and make sure they match YaST's wireless settings. As an example, I was messing around with my wireless settings recently, trying to connect to a public access point. I managed to mess up one of the settings -- I think it was authentication mode -- so that I couldn't reliably connect anymore at home. Fixing that straightened things out. Also, I've found the KWifiManager tool to be quite good for wireless card settings; type "kwifimanager" at a command prompt.

Good luck!
 
Old 11-21-2005, 09:42 AM   #7
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yea I have done pretty much all that. I think I am having a problem with my sound conflicting with my wlan.

That and I cannot find the actual config file for the wlan or the sound in Suse
They have hidden it it seems.

When my wireless tries to come on my sound begins to stutter. Reporting a conflict with IRQ 10.

But I can;t for the life of me figure out where the file is to change.
 
Old 11-21-2005, 11:58 AM   #8
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Well I disabled the Sound all together. That got me connected and online.
But, my connection is extremely horrible. I have an excellent signal. But
my bandwidth is about 600 bytes per second. And it regularly drops off
completely.

Under windows in the exact same spot on the exact same websites I pull
54 kilobytes per second. My cards max.

I connect with WEP 64 bit. I do not know if that makes a difference or not.

For the time being I disabled my sound by gong to /etc/modprobe.d/sound
and changing options snd-via82xx enable=1 index=0
to options snd-via82xx enable=0 index=0
 
  


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