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Hey, I've just succesfully installed Xubuntu 8 on my old PIII 900 laptop. All is working well and I would now like to get some internet going on it. I ...
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    Installing Belkin Wireless Card in Xubuntu


    Hey,
    I've just succesfully installed Xubuntu 8 on my old PIII 900 laptop.
    All is working well and I would now like to get some internet going on it.
    I need an idiot's guide to install my Belkin 54g PC card on the laptop as I have next to zero experience with linux. I don't have the driver cd anymore either which could prove tricky but I'm hoping some are available on the internet.
    Thanks in advance for any help...

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    As a general rule knowing the brand name doesn't help a bit. Hardware manufacturers often change the design of their devices and carry on selling under same brand/model name for commercial purposes.
    Tell us what chip is inside and we can tell you how to make it work. Output of lspci or relevant snippet from /var/log/messages will tell you what piece of hardware you have there. Also, is this [Mini]PCI, PCMCIA or USB device?

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    I believe its a Broadcom chipset with a PCMCIA connection.
    The Belkin part no. is f5d7010xx although I think Belkin have released an updated one but probs with the same chipset.

    this is an image of it


    That's all the info I can give I'm afraid, hope its enough.
    cheers


    edit: oh and at the moment Xubuntu does nothing when I plug it in - ie it is not recognised, even as an unknown device (the leds do not even light up)

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    Hm. Open a terminal and type:
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    sudo tail /var/log/messages
    Then plug the card in and see what appears in log.

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    OK done it
    here is what it said:

    Jul 21 04:01:45 ubuntu kernel: [ 152.405145] pccard: CardBus card inserted into slot 0
    Jul 21 04:01:45 ubuntu kernel: [ 152.998061] PCI: Enabling device 0000:02:00.0 (0000 -> 0002)
    Jul 21 04:01:45 ubuntu kernel: [ 152.999340] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:00.0[A] -> Link [LNKC] -> GSI 5 (level, low) -> IRQ 5
    Jul 21 04:01:45 ubuntu kernel: [ 153.025058] ssb: Sonics Silicon Backplane found on PCI device 0000:02:00.0
    Jul 21 04:01:46 ubuntu kernel: [ 153.780185] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found
    Jul 21 04:01:48 ubuntu kernel: [ 155.465402] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input8
    Jul 21 04:01:51 ubuntu kernel: [ 158.234956] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input9



    I do hope this is in some way useful

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    Here's a guide to make it work, you need to load firmware:
    b43 - Linux Wireless

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    This might be of assistance. Link
    Linux Mint + IceWM Registered: #371367 New Members: click here

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    wow looks complicated but I'll give it a go at some point.
    Thanks for the help - I'll prob need more it a while..

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    Ok I'm trying to use the method from Dapper Dan's link but I'm stuck at the first hurdle...

    The code says
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    sudo rmmod bcm43xx
    I have downloaded the drivers but what do I do with them and where should they be to install them? The driver files are bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys
    Please take into account that I am a complete noob and have never worked with linux before..

    cheers

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    sorry can i bump this? -
    still not sure how to install this driver...
    thanks

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