Wireless and the BCM43xx driver
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)
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[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
width: 32 bits
capabilities: bus_master ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+bcmwl5a
driverversion=1.45+Broadcom,12/22/2004, 3.100. ip=192.168.1.11 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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