I've set up multiple distros on this machine, and have found a wireless driver that works perfectly on Ubuntu for my Dell Latitude D520, using a BCM94311mcg for wireless.
Mandriva 2008 seemed to use the wireless just fine after a little messing around with it, and using the one I found for Ubuntu to work with ndiswrapper (even though it gave me an error initially), in fact, too well as it kept automatically connecting to wireless networks that require some sort of VPN authentication and trying to use that even though I am connected to ethernet. I found out that it defaulted to the wireless as eth0 and ethernet as eth1.
Anyway, I managed to fix that, but even before I did, the wireless started acting up, then stopped working...now it isn't even loading at all, and when I try to associate the driver it gives me the following message:
"Unable to find the ndiswrapper interface!"
"Some components (firmware) are required but aren't available for ndiswrapper hardware. Firmware files are required for this device.
The required files can also be installed from this URL:
Ndiswrapper is there, I don't know what I'm missing. Can anyone help?
I managed to get this working for Ubuntu by blacklisting the firmware cutter for bcm43xx and uninstalling it, installing something else, then compiling ndiswrapper from source and installing a specific driver, and it has worked perfectly since. If I could figure out what the equivalent to these directions are in Mandriva, I think I would be fine. The directions I found for Ubuntu are at:
Many thanks in advance if anyone knows what I could do...I personally don't like Ubuntu that well, and want to start using a better distro more regularly.