Friday, February 15, 2008

Setting up Wifi

Well first of all I wanted to get the wifi working... so I could go around the house working on the rest of the here is the guide

Installing the Wifi driver
using Ndiswrapper and the Windows firmware

The card:
marcel@debian:~$ lspci
04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-PCI Card (rev 01)

I used the ndiswrapper solution with the Windows firmware cause there isnt any drivers for linux at least at this time.Basically ndiswrapper wraps around the firmware to make it work on linux...
I got ndiswrapper from the debian repos.

root@debian:~$ aptitude install ndiswrapper

install the kernel modules using the module asistant
marcel@debian:~$ m-a -i ndiswrapper
then download the Windows driver and load it

marcel@debian:~$ ndiswrapper -a devid driver
use your devid number as it is shown on "lspci -n"

marcel@debian:~$ ndiswrapper -i bcmXXXX.inf

it should look like this if everything went ok
root@debian:~# ndiswrapper -l
installed drivers:
bcmwl5 driver installed, hardware (14E4:4328) present

Then load the module:

root@debian:~$ modprobe ndiswrapper

check dmesg to see if everything went ok

You should now have interface wlan0 on the output of ifconfig

This are the versions of ndiswrapper i Used and got working

ii ndiswrapper-source 1.49-1 Source for the ndiswrapper Linux kernel modu
ii ndiswrapper-utils 1.1-5 Userspace utilities for ndiswrapper
ii ndiswrapper-utils-1.1 1.1-5 Userspace utilities for ndiswrapper
ii ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 1.28-1 Userspace utilities for the ndiswrapper linu

I will now go for the ATI drivers cause i want Direct Rendering = Yes !!!

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