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    Default Need help: Installing Broadcom driver

    Hello people!

    I need help installing my Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter on Backtrack 4 Final.
    In Windows, it runs in bcmwl5.sys driver.

    I've already tried:

    -hybrid wireless drivers (the remove b43,ssb and wl then insert wl.ko method)
    -ndiswrapper (installing bcmwl5.inf)

    Nothing seems to work.

    when I ifconfig, eth0 does show up.
    if iwconfig, it says eth0 has no wireless extentions.

    if I run WICP Network Manager,
    there is no wireless connection detected.

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    Default Re: Need help: Installing Broadcom driver

    First thing I would do is search the forums, since this is a subject that's been beaten into the ground.
    But in an effort to help:
    Post the output of the following command :
    Code:
    lspci | grep Network
    Which version of BackTrack are you using? This may not matter, but I'll assume BT4.

    It sounds like you uninstalled the driver that came with it. Reinstall the first driver (that the distro came with) and do the following, since I'm guessing you never tried it:
    Code:
    ifconfig wlan0 up
    /etc/init.d/wicd start
    THEN try to use Wicd to connect to your wireless network. One of the biggest things I'm seeing with the new folks here is that nobody uses the 'ifconfig...up' part, since in most (all?) major distro's (and windows, and OSx....) that part of the job is done automatically.

    If you've already tried this, however, we might have bigger problems. The only way I could get my Broadcom 4318 to work in Ubuntu was using ndiswrapper...it works great, but for injections I'm pretty sure it would fail.

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