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    Ubuntu + Linksys Wireless card


    I just installed Ubuntu on my other computer and it is my first real time using Linux.
    First things first - i need to install my wireless adapter (linksys WMP54GS).
    I know popping in the installation cd isnt going to work, but i do it anyway, and it just brings up the contents of the folder, and i click the setup.exe still knowing that it wont work, and i get an expected error.
    At this point i am clueless. I don't have a long enough Ethernet cable to do a wired lan, so how do i go about installing this wireless adapter?

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    Hi automat0r and welcome to Linuxforums.

    I'm pretty sure your card uses the Broadcom chipset. We need to know for sure though since they're always changing chipsets while keeping the same model name. To do this, open a terminal and type:
    Code:
    lspci
    And press enter. Also type:
    Code:
    lspci -n
    and press enter. Find the entry for your wireless device. Match up the first set of numbers (and letters if any) in front of it with the exact same numbers and letters from the lspci -n command. As an example, here's the output I get from both commands on my machine. I'll use my regular ethernet card for the example...
    Code:
    dapper@dan:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE/PE DRA
    M Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 01)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE/PE Host
    -to-AGP Bridge (rev 01)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/
    ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/
    ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/
    ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB
    2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 81)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL (ICH4/ICH4-L) LPC Int
    erface Bridge (rev 01)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DB (ICH4) IDE Controller
    (rev 01)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) S
    MBus Controller (rev 01)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV43 [GeForce 660                            0/GeForce 6600 GT] (rev a2)
    02:02.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy LS
    02:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB PRO/100 VE (LOM)                             Ethernet Controller (rev 81)
    
    
    dapper@dan:~$ lspci -n
    00:00.0 Class 0600: 8086:2560 (rev 01)
    00:01.0 Class 0604: 8086:2561 (rev 01)
    00:1d.0 Class 0c03: 8086:24c2 (rev 01)
    00:1d.1 Class 0c03: 8086:24c4 (rev 01)
    00:1d.2 Class 0c03: 8086:24c7 (rev 01)
    00:1d.7 Class 0c03: 8086:24cd (rev 01)
    00:1e.0 Class 0604: 8086:244e (rev 81)
    00:1f.0 Class 0601: 8086:24c0 (rev 01)
    00:1f.1 Class 0101: 8086:24cb (rev 01)
    00:1f.3 Class 0c05: 8086:24c3 (rev 01)
    01:00.0 Class 0300: 10de:00f1 (rev a2)
    02:02.0 Class 0401: 1102:0007
    02:08.0 Class 0200: 8086:1039 (rev 81)
    Find the same two lines for your Linksys wireless card and post just those two lines here. Then, we can figure which way to go. Likely, you will need to use Ndiswrapper.
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    had to hand write and transfer via paper, sorry if something looks incorrect:

    00.03.0 Ethernet Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PC Fast Ethernet (rev 90)

    00:03.0 0200: 1039:0900 (rev 90)

    ____________________________________________

    00:0d.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [air force one 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN controller (rev 02)

    00.0d.0 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)

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    It is Broadcom. Go here and in the "L's" check out entry 23. Notice the pciid is the same as yours - 14e4:4318 (rev 02) You will need Ndiswrapper. It will take patience but if you stay with it you can get it working. Here's a few links to get you going...
    Link 1
    Link 2
    Link 3
    Good Luck!

    EDIT: I understand the latest version of Knoppix comes with Ndiswrapper already compiled in so you don't have to build it. The same may be true for the latest versions of Ubuntu, but I really don't know. You might want to check on that. If it's already compiled in, you will be saved a good deal of work.

    EDIT 2: Here's another useful page...
    Link 4
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    I got to the part that says "As root, run 'make install'. (the command before this had errors as well)(i know that's not very far) but anyways, it isn't successful and just says warning and error about a million times.

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    isn't there a package with ndiswrapper that comes with ubuntu? I'm a suse user, and suse has a ndiswrapper RPM file. Sounds like installing from source is giving op some trouble . . .

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