Hello everyone, I'm a linux noob. I've been fussing with my new laptop for two weeks to get on the wireless here at school/work (I work on campus), and I've finally done it. I would like to share with you, since I had to search and pick items up as I went along, a lot of stuff from this site.
After some probing, I found out that my Gateway laptop that actually has a Dell 1390 Wireless LAN card, supplied by Broadcom. I got the drivers from Dell
, and extracted them. You really only need these two tho: bmcwl5.inf bmcwl564.sys
First, I went into YAST, then under the Software Management. Do a search for "ndis
". Place a check in the first one (the second is a dependency, I think, so if you don't check it, YAST will install it still). Next, it asked
me to put my CD in, I put the DVD I made in. Then it installed
ndiswrapper and wrote to the config
. I didn't need to install anything else, so when it asked
me, I said no.
The next part
is a little tricky... First, I looked to make sure I got the file names and directories correct with little ls
love. Then we install the driver with the following command
ndiswrapper -i /directory/bcmwl5.inf
To make sure it was properly installed, we execute the command
According to the ndiswrapper install instructions
, you need to run the commands
But I still did not have my wireless card installed all the way. So I ran a few more
Just for good measure, I ran these again:
depmod -a modprobe ndiswrapper
Ah, now I got the wireless showing up
! You might need to restart the computer after all this to get it recognized. I didn't even need to add it to the YAST network card manager.
I was unable to get the latest version of ndiswrapper to work, probably because ndiswrapper isn't in 64bit yet, and I don't know how to recompile a program in 64 yet.
Then I was online, I didn't have any configuring to do, but the network config tool that comes with SuSe let me configure my home network which uses encryption.
I started out with Slackware 11, but couldn't keep it due to issues with my school's VPN settings, but in case you need it, I borrowed this from a tutorial I read for Slack wireless:
Sorry if I'm all scatterbrained or unable to provide customized suggestions if you have a question, I'm still new. But let's keep it open for discussion, we're all here to help.