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Old 05-07-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
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Broadcom 802.11g wireless card (HP pavilion dv8000 series) -- Kubuntu

I just put Kubuntu on my laptop. I have been searching and searching for a relatively easy to understand driver and installation guide. I understand there are drivers available however, I have yet to find one that is very easy to install.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Or I understand that in kernel 2.6.17-rc2 there is a driver for this particular card, however, i don't want to download an "unstable" kernel version just to fix my wireless card problem.

Thanks in advance,

Old 05-07-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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There is a module in the kernel for some broadcom cards but is mostly unstable with many of them. Most users have better luck installing ndiswrapper and using the windows inf driver for the nic.

To see if you have it already for the boradcom module look in this directory.
ls /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx
And looking for this file there. bcm43xx.ko

As far as the kernel 2.6.17-rc2 i would not say it is not unstable if you are referring to the rc-2. If you can install then do so. You should be able to install this one and still retain the one you are working with now. Not a kubuntu user so not sure the way the user files are setup.

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Post I wrote a how to document...

I wrote a how to document on getting Broadcom wireless adapters working using ndiswrapper, wireless tools, and wpa_supplicant. While it is written specifically about getting things working under Slackware, as long as you know the Kubuntu file equivalents, you should be able to get things working just right.

The URL is . It is as clear, concise, and geek-speak free as I could write it. Read the entire thread as there are some other things to know that aren't contained in the document itself. It works well, too. I am typing this message under Slackware with my wireless adapter. While I do have a net cable sitting next to this machine, I haven't plugged it in since I got the wireless running.

Please let me know if the document helps.

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