Another idiot that needs help with connecting to internet

Asked by Brianthudium on 2007-08-22

I'm very frustrated. I've tried figuring this out from the help and support documentation and couldn't come up with anything. Installation went fine but I'm having trouble with Wifi. My ISP is verizon and I'm running from a westell. My network card is a Broadcam Corp BCM4309 802.11a/b/g. I need to start from the ground up with this. Please explain what I need to do very easy. I barely know anything about linux and networking/internet. Thanks.

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Alan (mrintegrity) said : #1

There is only one option for this card which I will talk about last,

Unfortunately this particular wireless chipset currently is not supported by the kernel. The specifications have been reverse engineered and a driver is in the works; understandably working in the dark like this takes time but it is based on the driver for other similar chipsets so it shouldn't take long before it's useable with a GPL driver.

The option currently available to you is to use 'ndiswrapper'. This is a program that loads the windows device driver for your card in such a way that instructions from and to the card can be translated between what linux and the driver can understand, a little harder to set up that something that "just works" but it's not too difficult. For instructions see this link:

https://help.ubuntu.com/7.04/internet/C/connect-to-internet.html#wireless-ndiswrapper

The best solution is for you to install ndisgtk which makes installing the windows driver extremely simple, the only problem being that you need an active internet connection to install the program! If you can connect in another way then this method is highly recommended. Alternatively you will need to enter some commands, as detailed in the link above. Any problems feel free to reply to this thread, good luck.

Alan

I'll give this a shot.

When do you think my wireless chipset will be supported by the kernal?

I'll give this a shot.

When do you think my wireless chipset will be supported by the kernal?

I think it will be supported very soon after the manufacturer releases documentation for their hardware. You should ask them.

Alan (mrintegrity) said : #6

Jim, the bcm43xx driver doesn't support the chipset Brianthudium has unfortunatly, BCM4309 support is "under development".

There are no hardware specs publicly available for this card, however the driver is created using "reverse engineering" of the windows driver.

Who can say when the kernel will support it.. when the driver is complete and that is down to the driver developer; which depends on his own time. You can never say for sure but given the status of the other similar chipsets I wouldn't expect it to take more than six months.

Alan

Jim Hutchinson (jphutch) said : #7

Alan, thanks for the info. I thought since it was for 43xx cards it would work for all. Good to know that's not the case. Fortunately, I don't have a broadcom card :) but saw that it worked for others.

And when it is available, Will I have to totally re-install Ubuntu or just get it fixed from the update manager?

Alan (mrintegrity) said : #9

It will be automatically available in the kernel. It won't automatically
be used if you are already using captive ntfs though.

You will get it through the normal software upgrade process although an
upgrade to the next distribution release of ubuntu might be required
depending on whether the driver is backported or not. Reinstalling
ubuntu won't be required.

Alan

On Sat, 2007-08-25 at 03:44 +0000, Brianthudium wrote:
> Question #11968 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/11968
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> Brianthudium is still having a problem:
> And when it is available, Will I have to totally re-install Ubuntu or
> just get it fixed from the update manager?
>

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