bcm43xx finally working!

Roger Freitas Lovato rogerlovato at gmail.com
Thu Mar 23 03:02:44 UTC 2006


bcm43xx module finally working in my Pavillion zv5000.


1) Edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and add this line:

blacklist ndiswrapper

2) Download the last version of the driver for Windows XP. In my case, I
downloaded in

3) Extract the driver from the file .exe using Windows or wine. ;-)

4) Download the utility fwcutter in

5) Extract and compile:

tar jxvf bcm43xx-fwcutter-003.tar.gz
make install

(why no there is a package for ubuntu??)

6) Now, use the following command to generate the firmware files of that
driver to use with the bcm43xx module.

bcm43xx-fwcutter bcmwl5.sys

7) Copy the firmware files to directory /lib/firmware/your_kernel_version

cp /path/to/bcm/driver/*.fw /lib/firmware/your_kernel_version

8) Load the module

modprobe bcm43xx

9) Run the commands below:

ifconfig eth1 up
iwconfig eth1 essid mysid
iwconfig eth1 key my_wep_key
dhclient3 eth1

Well, I had problems with the following parameter in the file
/etc/network/interface that perfectly work with ndiswrapper:

iface eth1 inet dhcp
wireless_keymode restricted
wireless_key my_wep_key
wireless_mode managed
wireless_essid mysid
wireless_channel 6
auto eth1

Then I created a shell script to being that interface with the commands
mentioned in the step 9.

Sorry for my bad English.



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