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Old 12-13-2004, 01:08 AM   #1
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ndiswrapper to set up broadcom wireless card...


I have an HP Pavilion ZD7000 notebook now running XP Pro & Suse 9.2 . I have configured everything except the wireless radio. I used:

ndiswrapper -i myfile.inf

& it loaded correctly I then ran ndiswrapper -l and it gave me:

bcmwl5 hardware present

then I typed in:

modprobe ndiswrapper

and it gave me no errors.

I then did ndiswrapper -m

I used iwconfig and wlan0 shows up but on ESSID it says None/Any

I tried to set it via iwconfig wlan0 essid myidhere but it didnt do anything. I also did iwlist wlan0 scan but it found nothing.

My notebook has a power on/off button for the Wireless lan but when I tried using the button everything froze and I had to restart the computer. I also go into network devices and it does NOT show this in there.

Please Help!

Old 12-13-2004, 07:51 AM   #2
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Hello ram1035,

Welcome to The reason it isnt working is because you automated you install with the ndiswrapper -m comand before setting any configuration instructions. You have not set the ssid with:
iwconfig wlan0 essid <your ssid name here>
or any other parameters that may be required by yoiur card to find the AP.
Your best course of action would be an uninstall, listed at the ndiswrapper site followed by a reinstall following the instructions to the leter. You could also just try configuring the interface and running the ndiswrapper -m command again. See if that works
Old 12-13-2004, 11:12 PM   #3
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Do "ndiswrapper -m" last after other settings.
Try this link, the reply by " OnceInAWhile ".
This seems to work on almost all my suse wlan installs.

You can use Yast to enter most of the settings, or edit /etc/sysconfig/network/wlan0 file with an editor.

Last edited by RanDrake10; 12-13-2004 at 11:18 PM.
Old 12-14-2004, 12:10 AM   #4
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Thanks for all your help guys. I actually fixed it by using LinuxAnt's DriverLoader. Thanks for all of your helpful insight though!



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