I have a broadcom 4312 wifi in my HP Compaq nx6325 and the b43 driver from the kernel detects it. I can set up the wlan0 without a problem, but after a random time, the flow stops. The connection seems on but no traffic is generated anymore.
The only solution is to go to the network-applet, disconnect and reconnect the wifi. Then I am up and running until the next drop.
I do have the XP driver (bcmwl5.inf and .sys) and I would like to test it using ndiswrapper, because on the same laptop, PCLinuxOS using the bcmwl5 gives me exellent results.
I tried the following:
- blacklisted the b43 in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-compat and rebooted
- ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
- ndiswrapper -l (shows me the driver is loaded)
- depmod -a (no errors)
- modprobe ndiswrapper
- ndiswrapper -m (I expected something like adding "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" to /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper ... but I get a message that an alias is already set). When I look in /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper I see a line 'alias wlan0 ndiswrapper'
- iwconfig (doesn't show me a wlan0 device), neither does the network-applet
What did I do wrong ?