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Old 02-04-2005, 01:02 AM   #1
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wireless module

have there been any new modules under linux released for the Broadcom BCM94306 wireless g nic? i'm running the ndiswrapper tool to get it going. however, i'd like some native mandrake conf tools to recognize it.
Old 02-04-2005, 01:09 AM   #2
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Unfortunately Broadcom, like some other wireless chipset makers, refuses to release any kind of worth while documentation on there chipsets. As a result, there are no native linux drivers that I'm aware of. I recommend you complain to them, maybe if enough people do they will provide us the documentation so we can support there product (ya... I know... you'd think they would welcome us to support there product for them...).
Old 02-04-2005, 03:48 PM   #3
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well as a followup....

so i've got the nic running (well) using ndiswrapper. however in mandrake, the connection will be dropped after a few minutes unless something (like gaim) is running that keeps some frequent activity across the connection. any ideas on a remedy?
Old 02-04-2005, 08:10 PM   #4
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hey John...
i had Mandrake also and the same happened with me !! (not only with wlan0 but also with eth0... )

a piece of advice : SHIFT TO FEDORA or something else
1) Look and feel of Fedora is better
2) i got ndiswrapper adn eth0 working in 5 min !!
Old 02-12-2005, 02:09 PM   #5
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so i actually settled the issue with dropping the wireless connection. if i use dhclient wlan0 instead of ifup wlan0 after specifying both essid and channel, then it works completely. in fact, i don't even have to specify channel.

as for swapping to fedora......i have. i'm not a fan of humongous installs. however, i must confess, i like the way it looks. but not any more than i like the way mandrake looks for sure.


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