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I have an HP DV6 1030us and I am dual booting Windows 7 64bit and Slackware 13.0 64bit. I know there is a Broadcom wireless card and when I go to HP.com it says there are 2 drivers:
» Intel PRO/Wireless Drivers for Microsoft Windows 7 10-2009 13.0
>>>> Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5300 Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100
» Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows 7 10-2009 188.8.131.52
>>>> Broadcom 43224AG 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n WiFi Adapter
My question is, how do I get wireless access in Slackware? I already have it set up to work with an wired connection but I really need the wireless access to make the OS functional for me to use. I am new to Linux so please be patient. Any help is appreciated.
Go to http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php download the 64 bit driver and follow the instructions in the README file. This would install the driver for your Broadcom wireless adapter.
After that install wicd to get a gui for configuring your connections.
My understanding is that there is broadcom support in the kernel. It might be worth running lsmod to check that the modules are loaded. Another first step is to run ifconfig (as root). You may well have wireless up and running and you just need to configure rc.inet1.conf
Whether the driver was there before or not I don't know. I followed the above link (http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php) and was able to install the driver.... The next step is getting my wireless running. I hear a lot about wicd. How do i install this, I did a full install and it is not there as far as I can tell i searched apps for it. So where do I get and how do I install it? BTW thanks for all the help I am really excited to get into Slackware so I can teach my friends and family the joys of linux. My mom is still running Windows98 YIKES!!!!
I have the Broadcom driver from Broadcom installed and when I open wicd it does not discover any networks???? Please Help, aslo, I have a NetGear USB wifi dongle, whould that be a better direction to go in considering everyone is stating there are issues with the Broadcom driver..?? The netgear dongle is the WNDA3100
If your wireless card is detected, you should see the interface name in the output of "iwconfig" (run it in a terminal as the root user). Make sure that in the wicd preferences window, the interface name is set correctly (it's usually wlan0).