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Old 11-02-2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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Question my wireless card is unrecognized (BCM4306)


for some reason after i installed ndiswrapper and the drivers needed to run the card, it seems that to my comuter the card isn't there. is there any way to get the card recognized? could blacklist have done it?

here is my iwconfig and lspci:

root@darkstar:~# sudo iwconfig

lo no wireless extensions.



eth0 no wireless extensions.


root@darkstar:~# lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8378 [KM400/A] Chipset Host Bridge

00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI Bridge

00:08.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

00:09.0 PCI bridge: PLX Technology, Inc. PEX 8111 PCI Express-to-PCI Bridge (rev 21)

00:0b.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. IEEE 1394 Host Controller (rev 80)

00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller (rev 80)

00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)

00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)

00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)

00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)

00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)

00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)







i didnt list everything because i figured it wasn't necessary.


thanks matt.
 
Old 11-02-2007, 10:24 PM   #2
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From terminal run "ndiswrapper -l" to see if the driver is loaded. You should see some thing like:
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bcmwl5: driver installed
device (14E4:4320) present
------------------------------
If not the driver is not installed properly. You wil likely need both the .inf and the .sys parts of the driver for it to work, so make sure both of them are in the directory you are using ndiswrapper to install from.
 
Old 11-02-2007, 10:40 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by tommcd View Post
From terminal run "ndiswrapper -l" to see if the driver is loaded. You should see some thing like:
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bcmwl5: driver installed
device (14E4:4320) present
------------------------------
If not the driver is not installed properly. You wil likely need both the .inf and the .sys parts of the driver for it to work, so make sure both of them are in the directory you are using ndiswrapper to install from.


I checked ndiswrapper and it says that the driver is installed and the device is present... and when i use iwconfig it still shows nothing.

and i added bcm43xx to the blacklist

hmm.. anyone have luck with bcm43xx cards?
 
Old 11-02-2007, 10:48 PM   #4
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...and what happens when you "modprobe ndiswrapper"?

Brian
 
Old 11-02-2007, 11:22 PM   #5
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I have the same wireless device and didn't have much luck with ndiswrapper either. For some reason, it seemed to randomly cause a kernel panic. I could have configured ndiswrapper wrong or something, but either way, I ended up trying bcm43xx and I've never looked back. Bcm43xx has worked flawlessly for months now. I highly recommend it. Here's where I learned how to set it up: http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43.
 
Old 11-02-2007, 11:39 PM   #6
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I have the same wireless device and didn't have much luck with ndiswrapper either. For some reason, it seemed to randomly cause a kernel panic. I could have configured ndiswrapper wrong or something, but either way, I ended up trying bcm43xx and I've never looked back. Bcm43xx has worked flawlessly for months now. I highly recommend it. Here's where I learned how to set it up: http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43.

i did try the bcm43xx firmware.. I used fwcutter, and figurerd it out.. but my computer still didnt "see" the card with iwconfig, nor did wlassistant or wifi-radar.

but i will give the bcm43xx another shot.

and to Bcarey, i havent tried modprobe ndiswrapper yet, but i did do ndiswrapper -m .


thanks, matt.
 
Old 11-02-2007, 11:45 PM   #7
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You need to have the module loaded (this is independent of installing the driver), so "lsmod | grep ndiswrapper".

Brian
 
Old 11-03-2007, 04:49 PM   #8
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you can also use the bcm43xx-fwcutter which in my experience works wonderfully.
 
Old 11-03-2007, 06:06 PM   #9
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ndiswrapper with broadcom 43xx

Just try this:
First remove the ndiswrapper installed driver:
Code:
modprobe -r ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper -r bcmwl5.inf
Then do:
Code:
modprobe -r bcm43xx
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
ndiswrapper -l
modprobe ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper -m
dhcpcd wlan0
It worked for me on Slackware, stux, ubuntu and knoppix too.
It should work for you!
Read this is if you want more detailed info
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/j...,installation/

Good luck!

Please keep us informed.

Dan
 
Old 11-03-2007, 09:14 PM   #10
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bcm43xx has its disadvantages. For me it is much slower doing connections to my various networks. It's transfer rate is supposed to be slower as well, though this may have been fixed.

ndiswrapper isn't rocket science. You just need to get the module loaded.

Personally I just add "/sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper" to my rc.modules, but I'm sure "ndiswrapper -m" achieves the same purpose. dan_slack is right, you should make sure that bcm43xx is _not_ loaded.

You'll also want to set up the wlan0 interface in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf for things such as automatic dhcp. Further on, wpa_supplicant is a great way to manage multiple access points with or without encryption.

Brian
 
Old 11-03-2007, 10:19 PM   #11
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Well, i kinda jumped the gun, and just re-installed Slackware 12. then I did end up using the BCM43xx-fwcutter method and it worked.

thank you everyone. next time i will be sure not to jump the gun.

thanks again, matt
 
  


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