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    Default HP Mini 210 HD Edition w/ Broadcom BCM4312 (rev 01) 802.11 b/g

    Nearly everything works out of the box with the following exceptions:

    * Built-in Broadcom BCM4312 (rev 01) 802.11b/g card
    The OS simply will not recognize the wireless card. I've tried combinations of drivers to include ndiswrapper with no luck. My ALFA USB card works like a champ, though.

    * Synaptic gesture trackpad
    Left and right mouse click and gestures were not working. I fixed the problem by issuing the following command:
    echo "options psmouse proto=exps" > /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.modprobe

    Here are the current specs of this netbook:

    HP Mini 210 HD Edition (210-1000CTO)
    • Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor N450 (1.66GHz, 512KB) with Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 3150

    • 1GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)

    • 160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

    • 10.1" diagonal HD LED HP BrightView Infinity Widescreen Display (1366 x 768) (no display issues)

    • HP Mini Webcam (works)

    • Wireless-G Card (doesn't work)

    • HP Color Matching Keyboard (doesn't work but don't care)


    According to b43 - Linux Wireless, this particular broadcom card (14e4:4315) is not supported by the b43 driver until at least kernel version 2.6.32. I guess I'll have to wait until the BT4 kernel is updated. ;D

    After muts gave me the link to download the custom 2.6.34-rc2 kernel, the wireless driver worked w/ injection capabilities! Now, all Broadcom 4312 chipsets should work (with the updated kernel). Thanks, muts!

    For those who would like to test the new kernel (remember, you do so at your own risk!!!) here are the commands:

    dpkg -i --force-overwrite linux-2.6.34.deb
    uname -a
    # to confirm that the updated kernel was installed
    tar xjf b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
    cd b43-fwcutter-012
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-
    export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
    cd broadcom-wl-
    b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o
    depmod -a
    # next, test to see that your card can inject
    airmon-ng start <interface>
    aireplay-ng --test <monitor interface>

    If all works well, make sure to thank the backtrack crew.
    Last edited by Archangel-Amael; 03-29-2010 at 09:54 PM.

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