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Old 01-04-2007, 08:48 AM   #1
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Ubuntu and my wireless-- bcmwl5.inf, etc.

Using instructions from the above page to install my Wireless broadcom connection on my laptop, latest version of Ubuntu installed. Here are the instructions I'm working with:

1. Create a broadcom folder in your Home folder.
2. In the folder, add both the bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys files.
3. In Terminal type: cd /home/your user name/broadcom
3. Type: sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
4. Type: sudo ndiswrapper -d 14e4:4318 bcmwl5
5. Type: sudo ndiswrapper -l and it should say -- bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present
6. Type: sudo depmod -a
7. Type: sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
As you can see below, step #7 gives me and error message. How can I fix this and get my wireless working properly?

user@user-laptop:~$ cd /home/user/broadcom
user@user-laptop:~/broadcom$ sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
bcmwl5 is already installed. Use -e to remove it
user@user-laptop:~/broadcom$ sudo ndiswrapper -d 14e4:4318 bcmwl5
ln: creating symbolic link `/etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5/14E4:4318.5.conf' to `14E4:4318:1468:0311.5.conf': File exists
Driver 'bcmwl5' is used for '14E4:4318'
user@user-laptop:~/broadcom$ sudo ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5  driver present, hardware present 
user@user-laptop:~/broadcom$ sudo depmod -a
user@user-laptop:~/broadcom$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
FATAL: Error inserting ndiswrapper (/lib/modules/2.6.17-10-generic/kernel/drivers/net/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper.ko): Invalid argument
Old 01-16-2007, 11:46 PM   #2
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by latest, i'm guessing you're talking about edgy...i have had some pretty good luck, though hit or miss...with this instruction set:

i found the comments useful...there are a few more steps in there and that is a much more visible page.

(oh...can you add your distro to your signature?)


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