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Old 05-04-2008, 09:48 PM   #1
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wireless cards

I have an IBM A22m thinkpad running mandriva linux 2008. I was just wondering what would be the best wireless card to buy. To have it actually run and be detected with linux and actual supported drivers. I ask this because I have a belkin card with absolutely no success. Thank you and any advise is greatly appreciated.
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I have known nothing outside of Broadcom chipsets... unfortunately you'll either need to install the firmware (I'm not sure if Mandriva has any kind of fwcutter for bcm43xx-based cards or where to put it in Mandriva) or use ndiswrapper for them, so they don't usually work out-of-box (which I presume is what you're looking for). But they're good if you're willing to set them up.
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Get atheros or prism based cards. Most certainly NOT broadcom, these are by far the most difficult cards out there to set up and use, just search the forums a bit. Pikidalto must be unlucky to have such a card.

For more cards and their support see here:

Also, remember that it's the chipset that matters, not the brand name.
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Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H View Post
...Pikidalto must be unlucky to have such a card...
I actually like my Broadcom chipset and found it quite easy to setup. All I did was ndiswrapper the driver, and voila, it worked. I also had someone teach me how to fwcut the firmware (which was simple once I learned how). It's just a matter of knowing how to use ndiswrapper or fwcutter (and where to put the firmware if you use fwcutter).
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Here are the instructions for using Broadcom wireless adapters:

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Old 05-06-2008, 12:34 PM   #6
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cisco cards work pretty easily.


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