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Old 10-08-2004, 09:53 PM   #1
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Need help in setting up wireless card on Compaq Presario 2500


Hi, I am a newbie to linux and just got Fedora Core 2 installed and running on my compaq presario 2500 series laptop. I am not able to setup my wireless card on FC2. It detected my ethernet card(wired one) automatically but didnt detect the my wireless cards. I tried adding it in the system configuration but my wireless card wont show up on the list. My card is listed as "Broadcom 54g MaxPerformance 802.11g" in Windows XP pro. Any help would be greatly apprecited.

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Old 10-09-2004, 06:38 AM   #2
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11g wireless

Did you try using ndiswrapper? ( http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/ )
Use at console " lspci " look for broadcom entry, write down numbers, then use " lspci -n" to get pciid, download driver from ndiswrapper list.

You should be able to skip the iwconfig part and use fedora's wireless interface.

Remember to config firewall to use wireless card for connection.
 
Old 10-10-2004, 11:21 AM   #3
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Hi RanDrake 10,
I am a absolute newbie to linux, so it would be really great if you could describe this process what all I have to do in a little bit more detail.

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Old 10-10-2004, 12:38 PM   #4
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I did get Fedora 2 to run with no problem on my laptop with wireless, however it has been a while and I don't remember the exact steps, so you might need to adjust some of these instructions.

Go to a console and type " su ",enter password for root. Then type " ndiswrapper -l " this will check if ndiswrapper is installed and will list drivers it is using.
While as root type kedit or gedit to open text editor as root, use to change config files. DON'T FORGET TO BACKUP

If it is installed, try using the version you got. Go to ndiswrapper cards page and download your driver (find the pciid from lspci above) Something like 14e4:4301 (rev 02).

If it is not installed download the latest version uncompress it, follow the instructions included to install it ( http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/w...?Distributions ) scroll down to the Fedora section.

After you have ndiswrapper installed just try loading your driver with " ndiswrapper -i driver_name.inf "

To keep the install simple disable MAC filtering, WEP, etc... and enable broadcast name on your router. After you get everything going you can go back and enable these features.

Enable firewall to use wlan0 for connection, and go to " /etc/sysconfig/network " look for the eth0 script open as root and change enable_on_boot to no.
This will speed up boot up and keep " Failed " message from boot up. You will need to enable eth0 manually to use wired ethernet port. This is optional.
 
  


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