Using Ndiswrapper with Proprietary Wireless Drivers
First of all, my network card is a Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN pci card built-in in my laptop P4 Compaq Presario 2568. I didn’t found Linux kernel drivers for it, so I used the drivers of my WinXP installation.
What I needed to have it working was basically:
- Install the package
- Get the Win drivers for the wireless device and the
- Install the ndiswrapper program
ndiswrapperto install the driver. This is the easy part, just run:
ndiswrapper -i DRIVER.inf ndiswrapper -m
WirelessToolsto configure the interface and to find an wireless network available
ifconfigto open the interface and DHCP to configure the connection.
- Browse the web
You can automate some of this by adding a line to
/System/Settings/modprobe.conf of install wlan0 modprobe ndiswrapper &&
iwconfig wlan0 … (put your usual commands here, with && between) and then
/System/Settings/BootOptions with the right config.