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nchung66
28th June 2006, 08:15 AM
So I've been wanting to veer away from Windows for a long time, about a year ago, but I haven't had the energy, time, or skills to setup the basic Internet on Linux to keep me independent from Windows usage (plug and play/network hardware support).

Anyways, I have a Gateway 6020 GZ Laptop, and it uses an integrated Wireless network card. Can anyone guide me through how I would set it up? I hear about NDIS wrapper, but I don't know how to use it? I am a total noob at this... I looked at the Gateway drivers site but couldn't find any driver downloads for Linux? What does this mean?

Drivers link for Gateway 6020GZ laptop: http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/search.asp?st=pn&param=4991

It lists three Windows drivers for the Network hardware:

D00234-001-002.exe - Gateway/Calexico 2 Wireless Network Card Driver Revision: 9.0.1.9
Supports: Windows XP, Windows 2000
Note: This file contains the integrated Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 Gateway/Calexico 2 network card driver, version 9.0.1.9, and Intel PROSet, version 8.0, for the notebook computer models listed below.
2/1/2006
44,614 KB

D00267-001-001.exe - Gateway Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller Revision: 4.27.0.0
Supports: Windows XP
Note: This file contains the Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller drivers for Gateway M360, 6000 Series, NX500S, or NX500X notebook computers. If you have a Gateway M360, 6000 Series, NX500S, or NX500X notebook computer and are running Windows XP, install these drivers.
4/4/2005
7,007 KB

D00268-001-002.exe - Broadcom Wireless Network Card Driver Revision: 3.100.64.1.0
Supports: Windows XP, Windows 2000
Note: This is the Windows XP or Windows 2000 Broadcom 802.11g network adapter drivers for the Gateway notebook computer models listed below.

Are all of them required? How do I "wrap" them? Please, any help would be great! Thanks...

Beachside
28th June 2006, 01:22 PM
I have a Gateway MX7527 and for the most part FC 5 runs fine with a few hitches. First off, all this I do as root, do a
# lspci
you should see somethind like this
03:07.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

On mine I got it to work by doing the following:
Down loadded bcm43xx-fwcutter from fedora extras (RPM install)

mounted the XP c drive and found bcmwl5.sys in the cabs directory

ran # bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware bcmwl5.sys

ran # modprobe bcm43xx

ran ifup eth1

the dhcp failed but when ran ifconfig eth1 showed up, bu no IP address. It also showed up as connect on the router, so I figured lets try to assign a static address

I still don't have dhcp client that works so I bring eth1 up with a static address. I also have a problem with the 2.6.17 kernel and am running 2.6.16 version. See my other posts for more on this. Also, do a search on broadcom wireless and read the howto by darkmage and posts by partha, which are very helpful.

nchung66
28th June 2006, 04:47 PM
Huh? I have no idea what you just said dude...