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Wireless network card configuration??????

 
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comcamel
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:43 pm    Post subject: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

I want to get a belkin wireless laptop pcmia wireless card working on my SuSE profesisonal 9.2 edition. I have had a go with ndiswrapper, is there any broadcom linux wirless adapter out there or any other way to get my network card working, possibly using generic settings.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:50 pm    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

I take it this is a 54g card? I've got a belkin 802.11b card that works out of the box. My Actiontec 54G card works fine with Ubuntu/Kubuntu but I haven't had much luck with other distros.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:57 pm    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

If its the Broadcom 802.11g card, I think you're put of luck. This is the same as in the later Apple notebooks, and there appears to be no chance of driver source being released.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:44 pm    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

is there any way i could get a petition of getting a linux driver being made for this by a communtiy, as i am fed up of hardware companies, that are apposed to be good. providing for windows, it makes me sick. If i got enough signatures, could i get a driver source released. As a customer should it be illegal to not discriminate people who choose to use a better operating system. Honestly i may go to my lawyer and ask about it as it shows that even though of prudence and buidling for the majority of people on windows, still the source should be released, for development. I'll see if i can get my local mp on it, as i am fed up of it all. The only thing though it supports b type connection aswell.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:13 am    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

From what I've read, there are legal reaspns why Broadcom cannot release the source, or even detailed API specs, someone else owns the rights.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 8:39 am    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

well i'd say it is a very common driver - however is there any generic wireless devices that can be used to get a wireless network going as centrino and some are supported but what about a generic one?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 11:18 am    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

I'm afraid that Broadcom have no desire to release a linux anytime in the near furure. I once had the same card as you and the only way I found to get it to work on this linux platform was to use a piece of commercial software that allowed me to input the windows driver for the card and somehow it managed to run from that. The software can be found at http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:09 am    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

The ndiswrapper works well with the broadcom XP driver.
Also its free and open sourced Smile

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 8:13 am    Post subject: RE: Wireless network card configuration?????? Reply with quote

okay i have got a trial of driverloader working and the belkin pcmia card is working but when i set it up to go to my adhoc network with the wep key, my windows machine can connect and get an ip address, but my linux laptop can find the networks but doesn';t get an ip, what is up, i have put it on dchp.
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