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    Wireless in debian 4.0 ETCH


    I have a Belkin 54G PCI wireless card.

    Debian acknowledged the card as valid hardware when I installed it on my PC.

    What it cannot do, however, is log on to the wireless network, EVEN THOUGH this network can be recognised by the same PC running XP, and also by my Apple MacBook Pro and Airport card.

    The configure network screen of the Debian install routine identifies the card as "Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 (AirForce one 54g) 802.11g wireless.

    When searching for the wireless network, it fails.

    Help appreciated.

    Has the card been misidentified? Should I simply start again from within Linux, which installs fine?

    Many thanks

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    Although this chip is supposed to be natively supported, I prefer using ndiswrapper to get it working. What I have done:
    Install ndiswrapper
    Blacklist bcm43xx module
    sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    and add
    #broadcom native driver
    blacklist bcm43xx
    type
    rmmod bcm43xx
    Then type
    ndiswrapper -l
    If there are any drivers remove them with "ndiswrapper -e drivername" command. Copy your wireless card's Windows drivers in your home folder (WMP54GS.inf and BCMWL5.sys). Then cd there and type
    ndiswrapper -i WMP54GS.inf
    ndiswrapper -l
    ndiswrapper -m
    where the output of the last command should be
    driver present, hardware found
    Then type
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    Restart and configure your wireless (essid, password)
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