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Old 12-21-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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HP wireless network card setup

Using linux 10.0 Live. New to linux. Have Hp pavilion with builtin wireless/bluetooth. Bluetooth works just fine but can not seem to get wireless connection to work right. Have tried to set up with Yast with static ip and with automatic. How do I set this up properly or do i have to use a wired connection.
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Wireless support for linux is spotty at best, due to manufacturers of wireless cards not opening their specs so drivers can be written.

So: it will depend on your wireless chipset. Run "lspci" and your wireless chipset will be displayed. Post it here,and we'll go from there...
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Didn't specify notebook model but look here for ndiswrapper info. It uses the windows inf file for the card.

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Hp Pavilion ZV5000t is the notebook, didn't see link on post Brian
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Sorry, Meant to use the search tool here to look up ndiswrapper or same with your favorite web search engine. Might be info in the HCL at the top as well.

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I have the HP Pavilion zv5000. Does your computer use the Amd64 processor? If so, then you will need to get a 64 bit driver. You can find it at the website. Click on the "windows drivers" link in the sidebar. The 64 bit driver for broadcom (BCMWL564.SYS BCMWL564.INF) is the first one listed.

I am assuming here that your model, is using the same controller chip as mine. [The laptop wireless device actually contains the same guts you would find on a PCMCIA wireless card.]
Check the output of "lspci -v"
on my computer it includes this section:
02:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company: Unknown device 12f4
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 201
Memory at 00000000e0104000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]

Then check the listing of "lspci -n" and reference the line for the bus address returned by "lspci -v"
hpamd64:/usr/src/packages # lspci -n | grep '02:02.0'
02:02.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4320 (rev 03)

The "14e4:4320" is the number you would look for in an HCL list.

Also, make sure you have the wireless-tools package installed. I would also recommend downloading the source for ndiswrapper. I'm using version 1.8.

If you are using an RPM or a Deb based distro, the source has a "make rpm" and "make deb" target that you can use to make a pair of packages. On my system they are:
hpamd64:/usr/src/packages # ls /usr/src/packages/RPMS/ -R
.  ..  noarch  x86_64

.  ..

.  ..  kernel-module-ndiswrapper-2.6.13-15.7-default-1.8-1.x86_64.rpm  ndiswrapper-1.8-1.x86_64.rpm
This can be convenient, because if you download a security patch for your kernel, you will need to produce a new ndiswrapper.ko kernel module, but the ndiswrapper program is still OK.

You might want to remove your previous version of ndiswrapper first.

note: If you include the distribution you are using in your preferences, you may solicit better responses on how to configure things in the distros configuration programs, such as in YaST or MCC, etc.
Also, you will need to install the kernel-source and kernel-headers packages for the version of the kernel that you are running to be able to compile ndiswrapper.

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