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Old 06-13-2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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It would be wonderful if somebody helped me get my wireless card working

Windows XP was too much for my computer so I put Fluxbuntu on it this is my first experience with linux and so far... it has been a confusing one, but not a bad one

i used to connect to the internet with my linksys wmp54gs pci wireless card. Windows xp automatically did all this for me so i didnt know anything had to be done. i formatted and installed fluxbuntu and now i dont have any internet.

i read around and found out i needed ndiswrapper and such forth.

i have been using a guide:

i got all the way to the part of Step 7 where you type ndiswrapper -m the adding alias blah blah blah text showed up and i went to move to the next step... and i type dhcpcd wlan0 and i get an error
Error, wlan0: ioctl SIOCGIFHWADDR: no such device

if i have to i will start all over. i just want to be able to use that card to access the internet. could somebody please help me out?
Old 06-13-2008, 01:06 PM   #2
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I have the same card running on Ubuntu. You need the restricted driver bcm43xx. If you can connect with a wired connection, do so, then install that restricted driver with Synaptic. You'll probably have to configure synaptic to use the "Universe" repository. It's in the options for synaptic (I don't have it in front of me, so I can't tell you exactly how to do it).

Synaptic is Ubuntu's package manager, in case you didn't already know. You get to it by going to the "Administration" option under the "Desktop" pulldown. At least, that's how it's done with Gnome. Not sure abouy Flux. You can always use the command line "aptitude" for an interactive, text-based front-end to apt, or simply use apt or dpkg. Man files will help you through this.

edited to add:

more additions:
You may be wondering, "How would I know to look for bcm43xx?" Well, the answer is "lspci". If you run lspci in a terminal, it will spit back of bunch of info as to what's on your pci bus. Included in that list are the things plugged into your PCMCIA slot. You'll see the linsys card & it will mention something about using the Broadcom chipset BCM4306. That's the important bit.

Side note: oddly, Ubuntu did all this for me magically. I wonder why it didn't work for you? hmm.

Last edited by BrianK; 06-13-2008 at 01:10 PM.


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