How to make the linksys WPC54G & broadcom nic's work!
:banana: :banana: just had to start with the babanas...
Ok, to get this 32bit pcmcia/cardbus nic and all other nic's based on the broadcom 43xx chipset with the linuxant driver(yes it is the one that will cost you $20, though they give you a 30 day trial period to see if it works) however it works and it is the only driver that makes them work that i know of to date, and after a year i can afford it!
Though they say that the NDISwrapper is suposed to work with this nic i could not get it to work..So try the NDISwrapper first. http://www.linuxelectrons.com/articl...40507104718960and here is the list of suported nic's(type 'lspci -n' in a root shell to get a list of PCI id's and compare the pci id's to the suported nic's list to see if one matches then your nic is suported) this assumes your nic was installed on boot and pcmcia support is enabled along with hotplugging http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/s..._chipsets.html
to start you need to go to linuxant.com and download the driver either the rpm's or as i will explain here for the source code. You will also need to obtain the 3.40.x.x version of the windows driver that the linuxant driverloader will load to drive your wireless card from the following URL :http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R74092us.EXE then under Linux, you can use the 'unzip' command on the .EXE file to extract
the Windows driver. The required .INF file will be named 'AR/bcmwl5a.inf'
inside the .EXE file. then you will also need to create an account and they will email you a link then you will get a KEY that you will need later. first you will untar the the download
file then change to that directory
tar -xzvf /PATH/TO FILE/driverloader-1.72.tar.gz
and follow the instructions(prompts)
And as me you should then be installed and working! This all asumes that the pcmcia drivers/modules and hotplugging are already installed or autholoading on boot.
however if not then please post below and i will get back to you as soon as possible...and update the directions 8)
Though it sux that this is the only driver that there is as far as i could find and i asked the manufacturer and assembler
and they knew of no others....sux that it costs but hopefully someone will be nice enough to write a gpl one someday..... :lol: