ouwe_man wrote:Dear mr. Koster,
No need to be that formal here, old man...
...you mention that it works for kernel 2.6.24-1 but I have net installed and updated to version 2.6.18-6-686... My broadcom BCM4306 rev 3 is mounted on a Linksys WPC54BS pcmcia card and even the latest update for this driver seems to be the 3.100.64 (07/28/2005) and in the file they mention only 2K and less.
Question: do you think your instructions will go for my setup?
Wireless support is improving rapidly with each kernel version, and both b43 and b43legacy drivers are included in the 2.6.24 kernel, one of which will probably work in your case (you also need to install firmware). There have been several threads on that in these forums, the search function is your friend here.
Now, how to get the 2.6.24 kernel on your system? Easiest is to upgrade your stable version of Debian (Etch) to the testing version (Lenny), it is sufficiently stable in my opinion for newcomers to Debian like yourself. The current kernel in Lenny is indeed the 2.6.24 version. Another possibility is to check backports for the 2.6.24 kernel, or even download the 2.6.24 kernel sources from kernel.org and try and compile them yourself -- I don't actually recommend the latter to a newcomer.
When none of the above works you might consider installing the Windows driver in Ndiswrapper, as described in the Howto. The Win2K driver you mention should be OK for that purpose.
Please post in System Configuration if you have any further questions; post here if you find some new angle or omission not yet mentioned in the Howto. Good luck!
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