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Originally Posted by 11sbeebe
Hey guys im a mega n00b at this stuff. I've never had linux before now. Im running slackware 13 on a:
Dell inspiron 1501 w/ AMD Sempron
All ive got is the stock card:
Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card (Manufacturer: Broadcom)
I'm using KDE to get round cause im used to windows.
When I go to view my wireless interfaces nothing shows up and I get and error message: Cannot parse the XML file.
Im not stupid enough to not know what an XML file and I realize that I need new drivers or perhaps ndiswraper(which I know nothing about) and that Broadcom is really bad about linux support. Do I need to buy a new card?
Please let me know what you guys know bout any of the parts to my problem.
Do a search here on LQ for the Broadcom setup as I know from experience that this very subject has been covered on this forum many times.
Do 'lspci -nn |grep -i Broadcom' from the cli;
# lspci -nn |grep -i Broadcom
05:00.0 Network controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] (rev 01)
08:00.0 Ethernet controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
The device ID '14e4:4312' and the chipset BCM4312 in the example in the above is important, yours may differ. I think yours is a 4311. You should use the ID & chipset to see if the firmware will work for you. You may get away with using the b43-fwcutter
Just a few links to aid you;
Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide
Getting Started with Linux
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Virtualiation- Top 10
The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links
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