Another wireless posting... :( Suse 10.1, BCM4306 wireless card, Netgear router
Hello all-knowing linux experts,
I am brand new to linux, and I couldn't love it more (actually, I could-- but only if my wireless card was working). I have a Broadcom BCM4306 wireless card in my Compaq Presario 2570US laptop. I recently installed Suse linux 10.1, and the wireless card did not seem to be present (I was unfamiliar with the interface, so I did not know if it was not being detected, or there was no driver, etc.) Anyways, I spent a good deal of time reading up online and I went through the procedure of installing ndiswrapper and the graphical interface for it to use a windows driver. I got the instructions off of e.opensuse.org. This was somewhat successful because the card was recognized, and I was even able to use it to connect to the internet on my wireless router when the security options were all disabled. I have two problems-- (1) For some reason, when the security is off, sometimes it works, and other times my computer does not establish a connection with the router. (2) When I try to enable security features such as WEP, etc., my computer is unable to connect. I have been through every possible combination of different setting on before ends (the router and computer), but I still can't get the security working. I would use it without security, but security is important to me, and the connection sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, as mentioned before. I am near the router, so distance shouldn't be an issue. I have tried two different drivers,: bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5a.inf-- is it possible that I need a different driver? If so where would I get it? I got these in a link from the opensuse page.
Please help! I am very excited about becoming a full linux user, but I wish these little kinks would just go away, and I have been trying so hard to fix it!
Thanks in advance for your help!