I have a Dell Vostro 1000 which I have been led to believe is a notoriously difficult (but not impossible) laptop to get 100% working with Linux.
I have recently installed Slackware 12.1. It has the following wireless card in it:
Broadcom Corporation 802.11b/g mini pci wireless card BCM94311MCG (WEP, WPA, WPA2, 802.1x)
I have installed ndiswrapper and loaded the correct windows driver.
bcmwl5 : driver installed
device (14E4:4311) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wmaster0 no wireless extensions.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Channel:0 Access Point: Not-Associated
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2346 B
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
ifconfig does not show the wireless adapter.
I am used to GUI tools to connect to wireless network (such as knetworkmanager) however all of them have annoyed me to tears with their lack of functionality.
When running kwifimanager I am unable to see any networks.
I installed wifi-radar and changed the interface to = wlan0 (as opposed to eth1) and ifup_required = True.
wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1: wlan0 information: 'Any ESSID'
Error for wireless request "Set Nickname" (8B1C) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation not supported.
I understand I am probably doing something wrong but I am not sure what it is. Any help is greatly appreciated.