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Old 11-21-2007, 03:12 AM   #1
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broadcom wireless troubles

i have suse 10.3. and im having a hard time getting my ndiswrapper to work. lsmod says i have the bcm43xx and the ndiswrapper in there. when i set up my network devices to module name ndiswrapper. i close yast then go back into the network devices, its not there anymore. its module name bcm43xx again. any hints on how to remedy this? i think im supposed to blacklist the bcm43xx but im not sure how to. i basicaly havethe ndiswrapper and driver installed but cant get it to work. and i do need an idiots guide to do this. i have had a lot of help just getting this far. im trying but i apreciate any help given. thanks
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I don't know if ndiswrapper will work alone, or if it also needsthe bcm43xx module in order to work. From the command line, try loading the ndiswrapper module with 'modprobe ndiswrapper' (probably have to do it as root). Then go into yast to configure the network card. I vaguely recall reading something in Suse documentation about the kernel modules need to be loaded before you can configure the card.
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You need the Windows driver files (*.inf and *.sys( to use ndiswrapper. The BCM43xx module has to be blacklisted BEFORE you use ndiswrapper. Otherwise it won't work.
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I didn't have a problem getting the bcm43xx driver working instead. I did have a problem with the 64 bit ndiswapper drive that had worked previously. Yes you need to add bcm43xx to the blacklist (/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist) file to use ndiswrapper.

The ndiswrapper wiki is a good resource for locating the best driver to wrap. Previously (with SuSE 10.0 or 10.1) the ndiswrapper that came with the SuSE package wouldn't work, so I downloaded the source and used rpmbuild to build my own rpms. (The source has an ndiswrapper.spec file)


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