I recently bought a new Compaq laptop. It has the broadcom bcm43xx wireless set up built in. I have the actual drivers from HP that came with the machine, and they work just ducky under XP. Not so good with ndiswrapper...
I have tried re-compiling the kernel to version 188.8.131.52 (from 2.4.33), installing modules from other kernels, editing every rc. file that even hints and wireless operation, and using ndiswrapper to get things working. Simply put, nothing I have tried to this point has done diddly or squat in getting me up and running in a wireless fashion.
I ran demsg and got the following:
ndiswrapper version 1.42 loaded (smp=no)
ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,10/12/2006, 184.108.40.206) loaded
PCI: Device 06:00.0 not available because of resource collisions
ndiswrapper (start_pdo:49): couldn't enable PCI device: ffffffea
ndiswrapper (pnp_start_device:425): Windows driver couldn't initialize the device (C0000001)
unregister_netdevice: device eth%d/f6110800 never was registered
ndiswrapper (miniport_halt:332): device f6110960 is not initialized - not halting
ndiswrapper: device eth%d removed
Trying to free nonexistent resource <00000000-00003fff>
While it's fairly obvious that there's a conflict (which absolutely shouldn't happen with as many IRQ's as this machine supposedly has), I am at a loss to figure what to do next. I'm sure there are people who have gotten this same setup running properly. Is there anyone who has figured this one out?
FYI: the machine is
Celeron M @ 1.86 GHz
100 gig SATA hard drive
1 gig memory
DVD ROM / burner
Realtek 8139 NIC
Broadcom 1390 (bcm43xx) wireless lan
Conexant modem and sound card
Intel 945G video card
dual boot with Windows XP (downgraded from Vista (GAG!)) and Slackware 11. All the hardware (except the broadcom) works perfectly.
APM doesn't seem to want to work either, but that's not even a concern for me at this point. I want my wireless networking working! I suppose it's not of earth shattering importance, but considering what I paid for the machine, and the hell I went through to get XP working (and get rid of Vista (GAAAAGGG)), I'd like all the bells and whistles to work properly under both of my chosen operating systems.
Please help me out...the sleepless nights are getting a bit too intense.
Thanks in advance...