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  1. #1

    trouble detecting my wireless card!

    I am new to the forum and have read many threads concerning this shared problem. I have tried several the things I have read about but none seem to be working. Here are some examples of commands used some with multiple arguments but none have seemed to work for me.

  2. #2
    don't see any examples,but, a bit more info please.

    1 ) operating system
    2 ) make & model of wireless device
    3 ) desktop or laptop
    4 ) output of lspci -nn ( command done in a console )
    5 ) if a usb device,plug it in & post the output of lsusb ( command done in a console )
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  3. #3
    Sorry I mucked this thread up and put up a new one with the same header but I can't seem to locate it. I have windows xp as dedicated os but am running knoppix 5.1 live cd. I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 with Broadcom 440x 10/100, 802.11n WLAN card. This is what happens when I use some of these commands....

    iwlist scan

    lo - interface doesn't support scanning
    eth0 - interface doesn't......
    eth1 - interface ........


    lo -no wireless extensions
    eth0 - no wireless.....
    eth1 - no .......

    when i use lspci -nn , I find two possibles out of the displayed info, however I do not know exactly what I am looking for or what the numbers shown represent but here are the two that look close.

    Ethernet controller -14e4:4328 >it seems these numbers are too short am I correct in this assumption?
    Network controller - 14e4:4328 >it seems...............

    I am not familiar with ndiswrapper but would like to know step by step how to use this on the command line.

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  5. #4
    Go ahead and post the entire output of the lspci -nn command. Let us decide what is useful.
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

  6. #5
    The device ID 14e4:4328 tells me that this is a Broadcom 4328 chip. I know of no Linux driver for this chip. It looks as if NDISwrapper is your only way.

    I found three reports of NDISwrapper working with this card, in the NDISwrapper Supported Card List:
    Card: Dell Wireless 1500 (802.11draft-n/a/g) WLAN MiniCard

    Chipset: Broadcom BCM4321(?) (rev 01)
    pciid: 14e4:4328
    Other: ndiswrapper v1.22-rc1, Ubuntu kernel 2.6.15-26-386

    Card: Dell Wireless 1505 (802.11draft-n/a/g) WLAN MiniCard

    Chipset: Broadcom BCM4321 (rev 03)
    pciid: 14e4:4328.5
    Other: ndiswrapper v1.46-1, Fedora 7 kernel

    Laptop: Lenovo 3000 N100 (0768-A2U)
    Card: Broadcom Wireless N 802.11n BCM94321MC (BCM4328)
    pciid: 14E4:4328
    Driver: (50MB+)
    Other: Tested with ndiswrapper 1.37 on openSUSE 10.2 x86_64 kernel v2.6.18.2.
    Tested with WPA2 and open wireless. Works Great!
    NOTE: If you use a 64bits Linux use a 64bits driver, otherwise it won’t work!
    For NDISwrapper, you will need a working WinXP driver for your card. First try one from your computer or wireless card manufacturer. If that is not available, then trying drivers that others report as working is the next best thing.

    To get a list of all commands used by NDISwrapper, enter this command in a terminal:
    ndiswrapper --help
    First, place your WinXP driver in an easily accessible folder. Your home folder is good. You will give NDISwrapper the location of that driver when you install it. The driver needs to be uncompressed or unpacked. A zip or .exe file won't work. If this is the case, let us know. We can give instructions on how to unpack it.

    It needs the drivers .inf and .sys files. It uses the .inf file for the installation.

    To install the driver, use the -i option:
    ndiswrapper -i /home/arbak/<driver>.inf
    If there were no errors, check that it installed with this command;
    ndiswrapper -l
    If that looks good, then finish the module configuration with these commands, one at a time:
    ndiswrapper -m
    ndiswrapper -ma
    ndiswrapper -mi
    At this point, it is a good idea to reboot. Then configure the wireless as a network card. Then I recommend using the NetworkManager connection manager for handling all wireless and wired network connections.
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

  7. #6
    Thank you for answering my post so quickly. So since I am running a Live CD I did not know any other way to get the driver files into the linux filesystem as I am not familiar enough with it yet. However I have put them onto a usb device and can see them fine on sdb1. I download the driver files you suggested from the dell site, so those are the ones I am working with. I moved them to my /home/knoppix directory. I used ndiswrapper as follows..
    ndiswrapper -i /home/knoppix/bcmw15.inf , which displayed the following
    installing <file> .........
    couldn't open /home/knoppix/bcmw15.inf : no such file or directory at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper line 172

    These are the three files in the device folder | bcmw15.inf | bcmw15.sys
    type-unknown | type Plaintext Document | type windows executable
    size 10.1 KB | size 496.0 KB | 550.8 KB

    Are these all the files I should have?
    So you said I might have to unpack these as they have windows extensions or are windows exec. Please instruct on how to go about doing this.
    Your info so far has been very helpful and I appreciate you taking time for this beginner.

  8. #7
    just a quickie, using a livecd may not work with wireless,as you can't really install anything, as any re-boots will lose the settings. I *think* something like simply mepis & ubuntu are about the best for this
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    SPEEDY: homebrew desktop,Amd x2 dualcore,2gb ram,500gb +1tb( 2x500gb) hdd suse 11.3,32mb fibreline
    registered linux user #401845

  9. #8
    You can modify a system booted from a live CD, but any changes are lost when you shut the system down.

    I did forget one important piece of advice. You need to install NDISwrapper first! If it is installed, it seems that you are not accessing the USB drive correctly. I don't know about Knoppix, but the USB drives are usually mounted in the /media folder.
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

  10. #9
    I am aware that I will lose any changes but everything you have told me should work right? Also I can access the USB drive fine from the command line or Konqueror. I see the files it just seems I need to unpack them or convert them to different extensions so linux can run them, as you previously said I might have to do. I don't mind going through this process even though it's not a permanent change it's good learning and since my printer is down and I have no linux reference materials I have to keep going on the internet for research. Which obviously is very tedious as I have to reboot into win os to do so. You said I might have to install NDISwrapper first, why when it seems to function correctly? Anyway if you can instruct on how to unpack or convert files it might help. Thanks for the advice!

  11. #10
    Thanks I am getting ready to try Kubuntu today.

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