Have you tried ndiswrapper?
From: David [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 3:04 PM
To: Constantine 'Gus' Fantanas
Subject: Re: [suse-amd64] Broadcom
I hear you Gus. This is the same thing I uncovered when I did the
original 9.2 x64 on this computer. The linuxant works real good. I have
been able to plug a netgear pcmcia wireless card and use it to run
kismet. I just needed to set the netgear card to run in the adhoc mode.
This was a better way anyway as I could still surf the net via the built
in and have kismet monitoring at the same time.
Constantine 'Gus' Fantanas wrote:
> David wrote:
>> I would like to upgrade from 9.2 to 10.0. With the 9.2 I had to
>> purchase driverloader from linuxant. Does anyone know if Novell and
>> 10.0 has a 64bit driver for the built in broadcom BCM4306/BCM2050
>> builtin wireless adapter? I have a HP pavillion laptop with a AMD64
> I have a Compaq Presario AMD64-based laptop, which is the twin brother
> of the HP Pavillion (albeit usually a bit less expensive). It, too,
> has the Broadcom wifi chipset. From what I understand, Broadcom has
> given the open-source community the middle finger, so I don't see how
> SuSE --or any other distribution-- can have drivers for their wifi
> chipset. (I bought this laptop because it has an nVidia graphics card
> and nVidia is thought to have excellent Linux support.)
> In its infinite wisdom, HP has done something else with these laptops,
> at least the Compaq 3000-series and Pavillion 5000-series, both nVidia
> based: they programmed the BIOS so that it accepts only the
> peripherals HP wants! As I read in the pertinent boards, a few people
> tried to install another micro-PCI wifi device with native Llinux
> support (taking the laptop apart), but the BIOS rejected it. I
> vaguely remember a link to the HP site discussing this matter; HP
> claimed they did it to satisfy FCC regulations because, unlike a
> cardbus/PCMCIA wifi card, which is sold as a self-contained system,
> the micro-PCI device needs to be FCC-certified with the laptop's
> built-in antenna, or some similar weak excuse (it has been some time
> since I read this). No word on why the BIOS does the same thing with
> hard disk drives.
> Linuxant made the installation of their drivers very easy (I, too, use
> Linuxant on this and another laptop). When you upgrade to 10.0, make
> sure you also install the kernel sources. Then, as usual, run the
> Linuxant installation script (making sure you are connected to the
> internet and, if you are running as a normal user, you have run 'xhost
> +local:localhost' because Linuxant's installer runs under root and
> needs graphics, otherwise it reverts to command-line mode), and follow
> the prompts. You should *NOT* need another license from Linuxant
> because the license should follow the wifi device, not the kernel.
> Linuxant's 64-bit driverloader has worked very well for me.
> Unfortunately, it uses the Windows drivers (as it is supposed to),
> which do not have everything kismet wants to see.
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