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Old 07-24-2008, 10:27 PM   #1
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Question Connecting to a Wireless Network on a Dell Vostro 1000 w/ ndiswrapper

Hi all,

I have a Dell Vostro 1000 which I have been led to believe is a notoriously difficult (but not impossible) laptop to get 100% working with Linux.

I have recently installed Slackware 12.1. It has the following wireless card in it:

Broadcom Corporation 802.11b/g mini pci wireless card BCM94311MCG (WEP, WPA, WPA2, 802.1x)

I have installed ndiswrapper and loaded the correct windows driver.

ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 : driver installed
        device (14E4:4311) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wmaster0  no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:""
          Mode:Managed  Channel:0  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Tx-Power=0 dBm
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2346 B
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
ifconfig does not show the wireless adapter.

I am used to GUI tools to connect to wireless network (such as knetworkmanager) however all of them have annoyed me to tears with their lack of functionality.

When running kwifimanager I am unable to see any networks.

I installed wifi-radar and changed the interface to = wlan0 (as opposed to eth1) and ifup_required = True.

wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 wlan0_start
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1:  wlan0 information: 'Any ESSID'
Error for wireless request "Set Nickname" (8B1C) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation not supported.
I understand I am probably doing something wrong but I am not sure what it is. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Old 07-24-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
Registered: Dec 2006
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Step1: Dump ndiswrapper
Step2: Check out

the new B43 module in the kernel has made ndiswrapper obsolete for certain broadcom wifi chips. I have the bcm4306 and using the b43 module it works like a charm.


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