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Old 11-21-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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Question driver WIRELESS on dell latitude D600

i'v got a broadcom wireless integrated in my laptop but i haven't the driver for linux
the chip of the wireless is BCM4306

how can i do??

Old 11-21-2003, 04:22 PM   #2
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Linuxant Driverloader
Old 11-22-2003, 10:21 AM   #3
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yep - works

Yeah finally some workaround for those none-driver providing vendors ! :-)

Checkout some more about the
Linuxant DriverLoader here..

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Old 11-22-2003, 10:25 PM   #4
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Lightbulb miniHOWTO, Dell, truemobile

Ok. I got mine working perfectly, I hope this helps.
This should get you running in less than 20 minutes. You might want to print these instructions.

You'll need the much touted Linuxant DriverLoader, though. It's free for a month, but then you have to pay US$16. I think this is 16 too many if we already paid for working hardware, but it works well, and I don't plan on sitting here all wireless-less waiting for Broadcom to do their job.

Dell 300m
Truemobile 1400 card
RedHat 9.0

note: this is supposed to work for most Intel centrino, intersil, broadcom, and atheros cards, but i've heard of a payless way to do truemobile 1300s . you might want to check that out.

You need a way to download files, and make them accessible to linux. I did this with a friend's computer, and a usb pen.

Step 1. Go to , and try to find your card. Download the drivers for your card, and store them in the pen. Since they are likely in exe format, run this, and extract the contents to the pen. This should include some .INF files.

Step 2. To find out what kernel version you have, go to the command line and type: uname -a. Now go to , download the package most suitable for your system. To find out what kernel version you have, go to the command line and type: uname -a . Save this to the pen.

Step 3. Go here: Follow the steps to get a license key. A bit intimidating, but not a big hassle. If you need your MAC, or hardware address, type /sbin/ifconfig on the comand line. The number you want is the one in the 00:00:00:00:00 format. Once you get the license numbers, copy and paste (license, email,MAC,and whatever else they give you) to a text file. Save this to the pen.

Ok. Now take a breath, and don't get impatient. The tedious part is over.

Step 4: Boot your linux machine, and get access to the USBpen (or whatever storage you used) Usually the RHMenu>System tools>Disk Management app will do. Copy and unzip the files to your home folder. On the command line type cd /home/[your user name], and then ls . You should see the unzipped files. now type
rpm -i driverloader[version, etc].rpm

Step 5: Driverloader is now installed. It will tell you to go to an address (probably on your web browser. Do so, and it will prompt you for the root password. When you are there, click on "upload drivers" . Browse to the .INF file, and click ok. It might ask you for another file, which is usually on the same directory as the .INF.

Step 6: Now click on license, and copy-paste the info on the textfile.
If everything goes smoothly (it should), you now have a well supported card. Now, to get it running.

Step 7: Go to the command line, and get root privileges. This is usually accomplished by typing su . And then the password. now type dldrconfig -a. When this is done, if you go to RHMenu>System Settings>Network, and click on New...wireless, you should see the Driverloader card. Go through that, and don't forget to check the automatically start cards at startup box. Go to the console as root and type dldrconfig -a, once more, just to be sure.

Try opening mozilla, and navigating to google.

Hopefully, you are now the proud owner of a fully conected Linux box. The only problem is, you have to go to the console and type su.....password......dldrconfig -a every time you start up. To fix this, login as root, and type gedit /etc/rc.d/rc.local this is a sort of autoexec.bat it contains the last scripts to be run when the computer starts. Append this line to the end of the file: dldrconfig -a . Now save the file.

DONE. Congrats, you are all set. Everytime you boot, your computer should look for the nearest wireless node and connect automatically.

I hope you found this useful.

If you have any comments or suggestions, or just liked this mHT, please don't hesitate to drop me a line at naajborden {on the server of} h*o*t*m**i*l {insert a dot here} com
Old 11-27-2003, 05:51 AM   #5
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While looking for drivers for my Truemobile 1300, I found this online too.. it says that it is compatible with most broadcom devices, so I'm hoping it will work. Since I'm rather newbie to linux, I was wondering if anyone has tried this yet? And if so, how hard is it to setup?

Also... this one is free as opposed to the Linuxant one.

Last edited by doggyworld; 11-27-2003 at 05:53 AM.
Old 01-21-2004, 04:20 PM   #6
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I following your instruction on my Dell Inspirion 8500.

But unfortulally dont work, cause when I bring up the network configuration to set the driverloader, is set to eth1 and then click
Active, is came up said

Activeing network device eth1, please wait......

Error for wireless request " Set Mode" (8B06):
Set failed on device eth1; invalid argument.

Determining IP information for eth1....

Cannot active network device eth1

Set failed on device eth1; invalid argumet.
Determing IP information for eth1.... failed.

Has anyone get work with True Mobile 802.11 g/b .

Running Redhat 9 with kernel

Thanks, Chico.....
Old 08-25-2007, 11:37 PM   #7
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Post An Update to These Directions

I'm new to Linux. I am SO tired of Windows that I wanted to try something new. I've got a Dell Latitude D600 with Ubuntu 7.04. It took me a while, but I got the wireless working with the help of this post.

I did not need to know the kernel version.

Here are the steps I took:

1. Downloaded "" from Linuxant.

2. Opened a terminal windo and ran the command "sudo sh"

3. When it finished, it launched my browser and also provided me with the password to use.

4. I logged in and followed the directions for installing the driver.

5. Got my 30-day free trial registration key. The price for a license is now $19.95.

6. Ran the command "sudo dldrconfig --webconfd-pass <password>" to set my password.

That's it! Worked like a charm.


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