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Hello All, I am a newbie to Linux. I have a Compaq Presario C304NR, which has Linux on it. I know that the laptop has a wireless NIC card, but ...
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    Question Problem detecting wireless ethernet card


    Hello All,

    I am a newbie to Linux. I have a Compaq Presario C304NR, which has Linux on it. I know that the laptop has a wireless NIC card, but for some reason, Linux does not detect it.
    I downloaded ndiswrapper, but it doesnt compile on my machine, because of gcc version issue. My linux kernel version is 2.4.21-47.0.1.EL. I dont know if that is good or not, but I use this laptop for office purposes.
    If I can get the wireless internet working, that would be awesome.
    Please if anyone can help me with that, I will really appreciate it.

    Note: I have Intel chipset 945M in the laptop. It originally had Windows XP on it.

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    hey paramit81,
    Welcome to the forums.
    You need to identify your chipset before you know which driver you need. Open a terminal/konsole window, login as root and type this command:
    if it is a USB device
    Code:
    lsusb
    if it is a PCI device
    Code:
    lspci
    Post the output back here for more help.
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    lspci output - 1

    Code:
    [root@localhost root]# lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 01)
    I am truncating the output, because the forum doesnt let me post a reply more than 1000 characters long.
    Please let me know, if you need anything else from my side.
    Thanks for your reply.

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    lspci output - 2

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    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 01)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 01)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 01)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 01)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller AHCI (rev 01)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)
    06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4311 (rev 01)
    08:08.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

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    Quote Originally Posted by paramit81 View Post
    Code:
    06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4311 (rev 01)
    08:08.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
    Which flavor and version of Linux are you using?
    You have a broadcom 4311 chipset, kinda hard to get it working but it will work if you can find the right HOWTO.
    And you have a realtek 8139, which should be supported on bootup. Do you have a working network connection in Linux?
    If you do, then use your package install to install ndiswrapper. (yum or apt-get)?
    Here is the install instructions.
    http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/j...,installation/
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    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for your reply again. I am using CentOS 3 for Linux, (I dont know if that answers your question or not).
    Also about the ndiswrapper, I tried installing that before, and it requires a gcc version 3 or higher, so had problems compiling it.
    Yes I do have wired internet working on my laptop. I will research on yum and apt-get.
    But if there is another way, other than ndiswrapper, I would appreciate your help in that.

    Thanks again,
    - Amit.

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    Well, I found this link for you to check out. Hopefully it will help.
    http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/...?topic_id=8012
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    Thanks a lot buddy. I will look at that link.

    Thanks,
    - Amit.

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