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broadcom wireless drivers linux





nvision
i always have a problem in installing broadcom wireless drivers in linux w/o connecting it to fixed line connection. even ndiswrapper technique fails.. any solution???
SonLight
The Broadcom website has x86 drivers you can compile, and an informative README file. It appears you should not have to use ndiswrapper, and depending on your distribution, a binary driver may be available. If neither their site nor your distribution provide a working solution, tell us more about your system and maybe someone can help. Be careful you get the right flavor, 32 or 64 bit.

Here is an excerpt from their README file.

Quote:
Broadcom Linux hybrid wireless driver

DISCLAIMER
----------
This is an Official Release of Broadcom's hybrid Linux driver for use with
Broadcom-based hardware.

This is an incremental release based on version 5.60.48.36.

WHERE TO GET THE RELEASE
------------------------
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

IMPORTANT NOTE AND DISCUSSION OF HYBRID DRIVER
----------------------------------------------
There are separate tarballs for 32 bit and 64 bit x86 CPU architectures.
Make sure you use the appropriate tarball for your machine.

Other than 32 vs 64 bit, the hybrid binary is agnostic to the specific
versions (2.6.X) and distributions (Fedora, Ubuntu, SuSE, etc). It performs
all interactions with the OS through OS specific files (wl_linux.c, wl_iw.c,
osl_linux.c) that are shipped in source form. You compile this source on
your system and link with a precompiled binary file (wlc_hybrid.o_shipped)
which contains the rest of the driver.

PRECOMPILED DRIVER
-------------------
Some distros (Ubuntu and Fedora at the least) already have a version of
this driver in their repositories precompiled, tested and ready to go.
You just use the package manager to install the proper package. If
its available for your distro, this is usually an easier solution. See
the end of this document for further discussion.
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