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Old 02-04-2008, 12:28 AM   #1
sean_zhang
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How to activate Broadcom 1505 wirless card on RHEL


I installed ndiswrapper, and tried to use the Windows driver to activate the Broadcom 1505 802.11n wireless card on RHEL, but failed.

1. Add line 'alias wlan1 ndiswrapper' to /etc/modprobe.conf
2. # system-config-network
Add the wireless card and try to activate it.

But the error message pops up:
"ndiswrapper device wlan1 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization."

I checked dmesg and found no failure message related to bcmwl5 or ndiswrapper.
But the wireless card could not be detected by hwbrowser.

I successfully used Broadcom 1390 802.11bg wireless card on SLED at one time or another, via the help of ndiswrapper.

Can you please provide any suggestion?
 
Old 02-04-2008, 05:44 AM   #2
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First you need to make sure that the bcm43xx kernel module will not load, this causes issues with ndiswrapper. Edit the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file and add at the end;

#wireless
blacklist bcm43xx

This will stop the module from loading in the future.

Remove the module so ndiswrapper will work correctly; modprobe -r bcm43xx

Check/edit the /etc/modprobe.conf file and comment out (if present) the alias ethX bcm43xx line entry.

Create a file named ifcfg-wlan0 which is placed in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directory, sample below;

Code:
TYPE=Wireless
DEVICE=wlan0
HWADDR=
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
DHCP_HOSTNAME=
IPADDR=
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
DOMAIN=
ONBOOT=yes
USERCTL=yes
IPV6INIT=no
PEERDNS=yes
ESSID=
CHANNEL=
MODE=
RATE=
When done restart the network service; service network restart
 
  


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