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Old 12-31-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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Question HP/Compaq 6715b 802.11 setup?

Hi folks, I'm somewhat new to Linux - my last distro was mandriva back in 2005.

So here I am. I have an HP/Compaq 6715b and I can't seem to figure out how to set up the wireless. I have the wireless LED lit up - per my research thats somewhat of an issue. If it isn't turned on when the system boots it won't work.
$ sudo lshw -C network
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:30:00.0
       version: 02
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
       resources: irq:18 memory:c8000000-c8003fff
  *-network DISABLED
       description: Wireless interface
       physical id: 1
       logical name: wlan0
       serial: 00:1a:73:d8:b1:21
       capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
So that's the info. I'm just not sure where to go to enter the settings.
I followed the steps from
for the encrypted part - since I have WPA2 personal set up.

$ sudo ifconfig wlan0 down
justin@Ubuntu-lappy:~$ sudo dhclient -r
Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.1.2
Copyright 2004-2008 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit

Listening on LPF/pan0/46:6d:6e:d8:61:c8
Sending on   LPF/pan0/46:6d:6e:d8:61:c8
Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:1a:73:d8:b1:21
Sending on   LPF/wlan0/00:1a:73:d8:b1:21
Listening on LPF/eth0/00:1f:29:a8:f1:76
Sending on   LPF/eth0/00:1f:29:a8:f1:76
Sending on   Socket/fallback
justin@Ubuntu-lappy:~$ sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
thats where I get stuck.
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What drivers have you used? I think ndiswrapper is required for Broadcom radios.

Also, what distribution exactly do you use?


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