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    Knoppix and my wireless adapter problem

    Hi all, I'm new to Knoppix and new to linux environment in general.

    My notebook is an Acer Aspire 5024WLMi (5020 series) with a Broadcom BCM4318 wireless adapter, and I run Knoppix 6.2.1 (CD, DVD, USB... I have them all . I know there are already lots of guide for wlassistant or ndiswrapper, but there's always something wrong or something missing for a very noob user like me.

    Two questions:

    1) Is there any Knoppix release that already has a driver support for my wlan card? (an already done release or at least someone who can modify the latest release to make it work for my card?)

    or

    2)Is there someone who can help me step-by-step, very deeply step-by step , configuring my wireless to work?

    Please help

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    titomax82

    I know a lot of people have trouble with Broadcom wifi,
    but I think you are in luck. I think the BCM 4318 is provided with
    a native driver in Knoppix 6.2.1.

    1. I don't think you need ndiswrapper.
    2. Maybe you just need to know how to work with Network Manager.
    3. First of all, how did you get here? Ethernet? Router?

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    I want to connect to my Netgear Wireless DG834PN router... how can i do?

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    I get here with the same notebook using wireless in windows

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    Open /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf and comment out the line that says : blacklist b43
    That should work for you. Please write back if it does not as there are other ways to fix this

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    @mecho

    I have a bcm43xx card.
    I don't think you want to go that way.

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    I have a BCM 4315.
    Here's what my /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf looks like.

    # wl module from Broadcom conflicts with ssb
    # We must blacklist the following modules:
    blacklist b44
    blacklist b43legacy
    blacklist b43
    blacklist ssb
    install wl /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install wl $CMDLINE_OPTS

    It ends up installing wl, and lib80211_crypt_tkip.
    I think this is standard Knoppix 6.2.1 issue, not my invention.
    Works fine for me.

    It's not 'native' as I thought, obviously, but I'm no purist.

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    Well for what I know is that the latest b43 driver works well even with bcm4318. He can google it again - there is tons of information about this specific wireless card especially in ubuntu forums. What I see as solution is that many people just remove it from restricted drivers and it works just fine. If it does not - there is no damage done

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    My Laptop has a BCM 4315 wireless card.

    I loaded my Knoppix 6.2.1 CD.
    Waited for a while until a desktop appeared.
    Shortly a Network Manager applet also appeared on the lower right panel.
    Almost immediately a notice 'Wireless network available' also appeared.
    Clicked this applet and selected my ESSID by name.
    Next a panel appeared asking for my WEP key which I provided.
    Clicked connect.
    Another panel asked for a passwork and I declined.
    Waited a short while with animated applet circling.
    Very shortly the applet was showing three bars.
    Then I started typing this note using Leafpad.

    When I'm done typing I'll do the following:
    Fire up a browser.
    Find and Log into Knoppix forum.
    Post this note.

    I declare I have not changed any configuration files or such.
    This thing just works.
    I hope it does the same for you, titomax82.

    tada!
    Last edited by utu; 07-27-2010 at 04:04 AM.

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    @Utu

    He has BCM4318 card. It is not supported by broadcom-wl, but it is by b43.All he needs to do is make sure he has b43-fwcutter and firmware-b43-installer, then uncomment the b43 driver. But I might be wrong. I do not own broadcom card

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