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Old 09-29-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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Ubuntu wireless


Hi all!

I have a little problems which can be divided into two questions:

1) How do I detect and get the name of my wireless card on my laptop? I have bought my laptop from a guy who has changed some pieces from it and now I don't have any papers who can tell me what kind of wireless card I have. Is there any command that I can run to see what kind of card I have?

2) How do I make wireless work under Ubuntu? can some one help me doing this? I have tried looking a bit on the net but I didn't figure out how to resolve my problem.


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My network works like this:

Internet <-> Ethernet Router <-> Switch <-> Wifi Spot
(Some PCs are connected to the switch)


It would be great if someone could help me. Thanks allot!

See you all



fp
 
Old 09-29-2005, 02:20 PM   #2
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This is a good place to start
 
Old 09-30-2005, 01:00 AM   #3
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yes thanks but when you don't have the Internet on your laptop how can you handle it?

thanks allot in any case, even thought I didn't figure out what kind of web sites you linked me on.


Thanks

fp
 
Old 09-30-2005, 08:22 AM   #4
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If you have an internal (mini-PCI) or a cardbus card, the command lspci will tell you what card you have. It will list the identfication of all devices on the PCI bus.

For a PC Card, the command cardctl ident will tell you what you have.

Once armed with that info, you can do the homework on what additional software, if any, or additional steps you'll need to take to get the wireless up.
 
Old 09-30-2005, 10:56 AM   #5
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OK thanks allot 2Gnu!
I found out that my wireless card is a : Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
What is the next step to set up my wireless card and to make my wireless work please? Thanks ALLOT for helping me !


Bye see ya!


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Old 09-30-2005, 05:06 PM   #6
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Maybe it is good to precise that on my laptop, before, when I was using Windows XP, to connect to a wireless network I had just to click on a button on my keyboard. Does this influence in any case the procedure of making wireless work?

Thanks again for answering
Bye

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Old 10-01-2005, 09:15 AM   #7
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Broadcom cards will work fine with a program called ndiswrapper - it actually allows you to use the Windows driver in Linux.

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/

Read the docs throughly before installing (Ubuntu may already have ndiswrapper installed, but even if it does you'll still have to install the Windows driver)..

Not sure what the keyboard button does. If it enables the wireless card via BIOS, make sure it's on when you try to use the wireless under Ubuntu.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 02:49 AM   #8
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OK, thanks I'm going through the ndiswrapper doc and I'm looking forward installing it tonight.
However how can I figure out if the button enable the wireless card via the BIOS? Is there any test I can do or something like this?

Thanks allot again

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Old 10-02-2005, 09:04 AM   #9
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Don't know - check the laptop documentation.. On my Dells laptops, I can get to the BIOS at any time when running Linux and examine the wireless card status. Fn-F3 on my C600 and D400 shows the battery level, and puts me into the BIOS settings.

Each manufacturer does things a little differently.
 
  


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