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Old 03-16-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2004
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Distribution: Slackware 14
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Slackware 14.0 ndiswrapper problem

I put Slackware 14.0 on a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop. The ethernet worked fine on it right away, but I had no wifi. The BIOS says it's using "Dell Wireless" (so helpful).

lspci is giving me the following network related items:
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
lspci -n for these gives:
03:00.0 0200: 14e4:170c (rev 02)
0c:00.0 0280: 14e4:4311 (rev 01)
I got the WLAN driver from Dell's support site and installed with ndiswrapper.

ndiswrapper -l shows:
b44win : driver installed
        device (14E4:170C) present (alternate driver: b44)
Based on the lspci results, that 14E4:170C is the ethernet (wired) device, not the wifi device, so I'm pretty confused at this point. Also, I seem to have lost DNS resolution. I can ping IP addresses, but not hostnames. This was working before. Any ideas?
Old 03-16-2013, 04:45 PM   #2
Registered: Sep 2004
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Okay, I got dns working again by adding some stuff to /etc/resolv.conf. Still not sure what the deal is with this ndiswrapper stuff though.

I've been looking all over for guides, but they mostly seem to be for other distros or old versions of Slackware. Does anyone have links to any Slackware 14 guides for setting up wireless with ndiswrapper?


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