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WLAN and WEP on Laptop running Fedora Core 2 - 64bit arch

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Hi everybody,

I have a problem bringing my WLAN card alive in Fedora. There are lots of tips and guidelines out there, but from the ones I've found so far they're either very 'messy' and 'unclean' (meaning I didn't even try them to see if they actually work) or they don't work with my 64bit kernel. On top of it, my WLAN router requires 128bit WEP authentication.

It's quite urgent that I get this up and running, and I would truly appreciate all help.

Details worth knowing (This is information that I think is needed. Please don't hesitate to ask for more details if it's needed to work out a solution.):

Laptop: Acer Aspire 1501LMi with AMD Athlon 64 bit 3000+
WLAN Card: 802.11g mini-PC Module
WLAN Card Manufacturer: Broadcom
WLAN Card Chipset: BCM4306 / BCM2050

System: Fedora Core 2 x86_64 - clean and full DVD install
Kernel Realease: 2.6.5-1.358

Thank you very much in advance.
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pablouruguay earned 500 total points
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use this script to seeting ytour wep and card
change the key and the SSID and run it

you need to have installed the wireless_tools






[root@sony root]# cat /root/wep.sh
#!/bin/sh

PATH=/sbin:/usr/sbin:${PATH}

#sudo insmod ndiswrapper  # loads also the XP MS-windows driver if installed

INTF="eth1"
SSID="WEP-SITE"
KEY="aEf5sadffsfsdfsdfsdfd5efacbbea5"
MODE="Managed"

echo "Starting wireless on interface $INTF ...."

sudo iwconfig $INTF mode $MODE ESSID $SSID
sudo iwconfig $INTF key $KEY
sleep 3
sudo dhcpcd $INTF

# This part is just to check the settings in case of trouble :
iwconfig $INTF
ifconfig $INTF
route -n
cat /etc/resolv.conf
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by:pablouruguay
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in here you can download the wireless tools for make this script run


http://www.hpl.hp.com/personal/Jean_Tourrilhes/Linux/wireless_tools.26.tar.gz
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by:cozmoxos
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Thanks for your reply pablo, but what you suggest assumes I have my WLAN card up and running which is the main problem I have.

Any thoughs?

Thanks
/j.


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by:pablouruguay
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you run kudzu ? and download the correct drivers from bradcom site?
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by:cozmoxos
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Broadcom only offers a limited set of drivers for download since they don't sell anything to end customer. The drivers for my WLAN card (chipset) is not available.

At Acer (the laptop manufacturer) I only get Windows XP/2000/xx drivers.

In theory I could install the ndiswrapper and use my Windows XP drivers. It's just that the ndiswrapper doesn't compile on a 64bit kernel. I have tried to compile it, but I've had no luck so far.

I have also tried to compile the linuxant drivers, but that won't work either.

Since there is a 32bit compability mode in the x86_64 architexture, I thought there might be a way around it. It's just that I don't know how to go about, but I do think that it's the only way to go until there's a broader support for the 64bit arch.

Thanks a bunch
/j.
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by:cozmoxos
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Hi again,

since your answer didn't solve my problem I decided to wait and see if somebody else could solve it. However, in the meantime I reinstalled the machine with another Linux distribution and actually had use of your help.

Thx
/j.
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