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Old 01-10-2005, 10:09 AM   #1
Erik Plaggenmar
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Wifi (BCM4301) problem on Compaq Presario R3208

I have Debian installed on my laptop (Presario R3000) Everything works, except BCM4301 Wifi module doesn't work... I installed Ndiswrapper and a driver..

Installed ndis drivers:

erik@Eptop:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -l
Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5a driver present, hardware present
But i seem to pick up no signal, does anybody know what could be wrong, or has a link to a good howto??

BTW is there some way to test if it works? i can only test it on school...

Old 01-10-2005, 01:24 PM   #2
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I'm using the same WiFi card on my HP Pavilion zv5320 laptop with Ubuntu, so the hardware and distro should both be pretty similar to yours. I installed ndiswrapper and the same driver you're using.

Try running 'iwlist wlan0 scan' that should print out a list of access points near you as well as a ton of info about them (Note: You'll probably have to run the command as root).

If that works you should be able to go ahead and configure the card's network settings. I personaly like using the 'network-admin' tool that comes with Gnome, but you could also use the less user-friendly 'iwconfig' at the shell.

Good luck!
Old 01-10-2005, 05:01 PM   #3
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If you haven't rebooted so far: Try 'modprobe ndiswrapper'!
Old 01-10-2005, 05:53 PM   #4
Erik Plaggenmar
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hehe it works now ! now i just need some tools to manage it
iwlist wlan0 scan

works good for scanning, i think..

now something to connect to a access point.. i'm using fluxbox.. so rather no kde er gnome apps..

Greetz & thanks for helping (Y)


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