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Old 10-16-2003, 08:06 PM   #1
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installing linuxant drivers ofr broadcom ww450 wireless 54g card on compaq 2580us


I have downloaded the bcmwl5driverloader software for red hat 9.0 i686, to
install a broadcom w450 wireless 54g card, from So I did:

rpm -Uvh bcmwl5driverloader-1.05_k2.4.20_20.9-1rh.i686.rpm

which brings up some configuration script. I am then asked to go to:

http://localhost:18020/ or

So I do that and get forwarded to: (after being asked for root password)

which does absolutely nothing (visible anyway). The installation
instructions on your page say just go here too. I also tried looking at
the page source and there is nothing there. Is what I am doing correct? If
not, how do I install the drivers? If what I do is correct what has
happened to the webpage?

btw isnt this a security risk typing my root password into a password promt?

Is there anywhere else to get these drivers from (I vaguley heard hp is working on them, but wont release them yet)


Old 10-23-2003, 07:13 PM   #2
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I had to put the bcmwl5.sys and bcmwl5.inf files in the /var/lib/bcmwl5driverloader directory and run bcmwl5config. After that I had the opportunity to enter my e-mail address and license code. Then bcmwl5config --info showed that my card was installed. Unfortunately I can't pick up any wireless networks so far. I feel like I'm very close to linux wireless salvation but require more wisdom.



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