Wireless and the BCM43xx driver

Bill bill at wjm1a.com
Thu Apr 3 01:12:28 UTC 2008

I'm not saying I'm going to follow through on this;


But, has any survey been made to determine the easiest and most reliable (I
underline and put in bold most reliable) PCMCIA Network Notebook card for


If it comes to a $20 investment (on eBay), I  might take the plunge for a
better PCMCIA Network Card (802.11G)




-----Original Message-----
From: kubuntu-users-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:kubuntu-users-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Larry Hartman
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 9:03 PM
To: Kubuntu Help and User Discussions
Subject: Re: Wireless and the BCM43xx driver


On Wednesday 02 April 2008 04:17:11 pm Bill wrote:

> Thanks Larry & Jon, For your responses.


> Larry, you are right about Hardy automatically deciding on the BCM43xx

> Force One).  I know I never installed this driver.


> I did use the ndiswrapper with bcmwml5.inf back with Gusty.


> But my Hardy readings say, (because of all the troubles) the powers that

> had depreciated the bcm43xx & bcmwml5 for a b43 or b43legency solution.  I

> even read one solution that said to install both the b43 and the

> drivers and the OS would decide for itself which one to use.


> Anyway, I would really like to just remove the bcm43xx (air force one)

> stuff before adding the b43/b43legency solution.


> Curiously, when I tried; rmmod BCM43xx or rmmod BCM4318; The response is

> ERROR: Module BCM4318 does not exist in /proc/modules


> OK, so why is it showing with a 'lshw -class network' command?




That commands polls the actual hardware plus the device drivers installed to

run it.  Here is mine, note last three lines where ndiswrapper is listed:



       description: Wireless interface

       product: BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller

       vendor: Broadcom Corporation

       physical id: 2

       bus info: pci at 0000:06:02.0

       logical name: eth1

       version: 02

       serial: 00:14:a5:25:7d:6f

       width: 32 bits

       clock: 33MHz

       capabilities: bus_master ethernet physical wireless

       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+bcmwl5a 

driverversion=1.45+Broadcom,12/22/2004, 3.100. ip= latency=64 

link=yes module=ndiswrapper multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g


I do not have Hardy loaded yet, looks like folks have to reinvent the wheel

get bcm4318 to work.  I did a quick search for this on forums and come up 

with two threads it seems folks are pointing to....first two are solutions

getting ndiswrapper to work, third is using fwcutter.  I can not vouch for 

validity of solutions reported here, only offering them to help.






Guess I have something to not look forward to (again) in a couple of weeks 

when Hardy is officially released.  Hopefully some of these issues will be 

resolved and solutions solidified by then.  I seconded a rquest to have 

Compwiz (wicd creator) update the bcm4318 how-to for Hardy.  This forum 

thread is typically very active and I would keep an eye on it as potentially

the best place for a stable solution as people sort out what works and what 








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