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  1. #1
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    Default WiFi problem on DELL D810 (again)

    Hi all,

    I have problem with WiFi on my laptop DELL D810

    System is Backtarck 4

    root@bt:~# uname -a
    Linux bt #1 SMP Tue Dec 1 21:51:08 EST 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
    Wifi card is: Broadcom Corporation BCM4309

    root@bt:~# lspci | grep BCM
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 01)
    03:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4309 802.11a/b/g (rev 03)
    root@bt:~# lspci -n | grep 03:03.0
    03:03.0 0280: 14e4:4324 (rev 03)
    I know that there are problems with BCM drivers but usual it could be solved using ndiswrapper. So I installed it and driver for my card was successfully registered:

    root@bt:~# ndiswrapper -l
    bcmwl5 : driver installed
            device (14E4:4324) present
    So device is detected. Also kernel module is loaded:

    root@bt:~# cat /proc/modules | grep ndis
    ndiswrapper 182908 0 - Live 0xfb24c000
    So if ndiswrapper module is loaded and driver is installed I should be able to see my new "wlan0" ... but it is not available:

    root@bt:~# ifconfig -a
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:576  Metric:1
              RX packets:15403 errors:16 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:16
              TX packets:12522 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:6650697 (6.6 MB)  TX bytes:1642486 (1.6 MB)
    root@bt:~# iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    What am I doing wrong ?

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    Default Re: WiFi problem on DELL D810 (again)

    Using an ndis wrapper. They suck. Get a supported usb adapter.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: WiFi problem on DELL D810 (again)

    Thanks Barry
    I totally agree that they suck ... but I was hoping for solution without spending more money.

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