Problems making WPA work with ndiswrapper/broadcom

Donald Teed dteed
Thu Aug 19 06:14:25 PDT 2004

My last attempt was with bcmwl5a alone - the ASCII version,
which fails to attempt authentication.

I've seen significant differences in system stability
while the ndiswrapper 0.8 was merely loaded, between
the truemobile 1300 and truemobile 1350 (rev 2 and 3 of same
chip), so I have no faith in a reported sucess with
chipsets based on Broadcom parts unless they are
the exact same hardware component.  My part is a mini-PCI
module on a Dell D600 laptop.  The one I really need
working is 14e4:4320, rev 3.

Both Dell and Broadcom are notorous for changing their hardware
and keeping the same label on it.  There are dozens of different Dell
D600 models - we have two and they don't match ones I've
seen discussed on the web.

--Donald Teed

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, Giridhar Pemmasani wrote:

> I have Linksys WPC54G (in fact, I am using it at the moment) working
> with ndiswrapper and WPA. Earlier versions of ndiswrapper needed only
> ASCII version of INF file. Some Broadcom drivers came with two INF
> files, one in ASCII (bcmwl5a.inf) and one in unicode (bcmwl5.inf). New
> versions of ndiswrapper (I believe since 0.9) accept unicode INF
> files. I think (hope, too) that could be the problem.
> --
> Giri
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