BroadCom Wireless and ALPS Touchpad

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sun Sep 26 01:54:41 UTC 2004

On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 08:39:57PM +0100, Enyo wrote:

> I have a HP nx9105 Laptop which has a BroadCom Wireless Internal Module.
> ubuntu does not detect it. It appears most distros require the use of
> ndiswrapper to make it work correctly. Does anyone have any experience
> of this? Will this remain the case in ubuntu?

ndiswrapper is used for these devices because a proper Linux driver is not
available anywhere.  This affects all Linux distributions equally, including

The next version of the Ubuntu standard kernel will provide the kernel side
of ndiswrapper, so that if you are familiar with this tool, you can easily
use it.

> I also have a ALPS Touchpad  (built in) which does not work with
> ubuntu I have to plug a USB mouse in. Again can support be added for
> this device?

> I have also had problems with freezing and slow navigation with ubuntu
> on this model of laptop.

It's difficult to say what the cause could be without more information.
Check the System Monitor (applications->system tools) and see if there is a
task using excessive CPU resources.

You can tell us about your experience with this laptop here:

 - mdz

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