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Message ID: 3623     Entry time: Wed Sep 29 18:28:32 2010
Author: yuta 
Type: Update 
Category: Computers 
Subject: aldabella connects to the wireless network 

Background:
 We need laptops that connect to the wireless network to use them in the lab.

aldabella:
 Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop
 Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01) (PCIID: 14e4:4311 (rev 01))

What I did:
1. I followed this method(Japanese!): http://www.linuxmania.jp/wireless_lan.html
 Except I installed ndiswrapper-1.56 and cabextracted sp32156.exe.
  http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/ndiswrapper/index.php?title=Broadcom_BCM4311
 Also, I didn't run
  # ndiswrapper -m

2. Then I did step #6 in here: http://nodus.ligo.caltech.edu:8080/40m/1275
 Note that the hardware is eth1 instead of wlan0.

3. Added the following line to /etc/rc.d/rc.local to make ndiswrapper load on every boot:
 /sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper

Result:
 aldabella now connects to the wireless martian network on every boot!!

Note:
 Somehow, the method that uses Broadcom official driver doesn't work.
  http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Laptops/Wireless/Broadcom
 It returns the following error when activating eth1:
  Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
    SET failed on device eth1 ; Invalid argument.
  Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
    SET failed on device eth1; Invalid argument.

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