Dell Wireless 1500 (Broadcom 4328)

Yannick Koehler yannick.koehler
Fri Oct 13 08:58:33 PDT 2006



  I have receive the latest Dell 9400 (E1705) equipped with a Dell Wireless
1500 Mini PCI Card.


  I attempted to install it under linux without success so far. I have tried
with the bcm43xx driver, which didn't recognize the card.


  I have used the Dell Windows XP Broadcom driver with ndiswrapper and
wpa_supplicant (my network is WPA-EAP Enterprise).


  I am using ndiswrapper 1.25 and wpa_supplicant 0.5.5


  When I load ndiswrapper I have no error and I am presented with a list of
supported encryption WPA TKIP is present inside that list (which is what I


  I then start wpa_supplicant with -d -Dndiswrapper -iwlan0
-c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf and fire up the wpa_gui software
(really nice btw).


  The software detect my card and scan all wireless network.  I configured
my network and I then get an error:


  "Association request to the driver failed"


  Some investigation in the output of wpa_supplicant reveal this:  "Driver
does not support WPA.".


  I am using the latest kernel 2.6.17-gentoo-r8.


  I am actually surprise to see this >doesn't support WPA line because I
read over the web that many user have successfully got wpa_supplicant with
ndiswrapper + windows driver "bcmwl5", and that is the same as I am using.


  Any hints as to what is going on, I can provide testing support for this
and also attempt all idea that you may throw which make sense.



Yannick Koehler

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