mandriva 2008 madwifi

I have mandriva 2008 on a dual boot with xp on my dell laptop.  I have the built in dell wifi broadcom driver and I know inorder to use aircrack I need to use madwifi, how do I set up madwifi with my built in dell wirless lan 1390 driver?  I am a noob in linux and I do have madwifi installed through the software management.  I just wnat to kno whow to set up wifi using it
merctkeAsked:
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merctkeAuthor Commented:
but will this work on a broadcam built in driver?
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mjutrasCommented:
here is the hardware supported list:

http://madwifi.org/wiki/Compatibility

madwifi is a driver
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merctkeAuthor Commented:
is it possible to install the native driver?  if so how? I AM CLUELESS
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mjutrasCommented:
what do you get while running command: iwconfig
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merctkeAuthor Commented:
eth0      IEEE 802.11b/g  ESSID:off/any  Nickname:"localhost"
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Invalid
          RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality=0/100  Signal level=0 dBm  Noise level=0 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

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mjutrasCommented:
In fact after a few google search I found that the broadcom driver for unix is based on a reverse engineering of the real driver because Broadcom had never let the public check at how it's working behind. So the broadcom is probably not supported by the madwifi driver.

You will have to use the current installed driver or the broadcom reverse engineered driver available at:

http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43
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merctkeAuthor Commented:
sudo command does not exist in mandriva, I have found and tried this link before but I am not having any luck.  I am kinda hating mandriva, what is a good linux OS?
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merctkeAuthor Commented:
It worked, there is an adjustment to the code fo mandriva and opensuse though since the sudo does not work.  If you use the same exact code but take out the sudo part so it reads bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o instead of 'sudo bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o' then it will definitely work
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mjutrasCommented:
yeah well the sudo command is to run a command in root mode, but as you noticed it depends on the distrib. On mandriva you may be able to log in as root so you may not need the sudo command.

I usually stick to Ubuntu distribs since its compatible with a very large amount of unix stuff and it's always up to date!
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