Well, I don't know how much you want this, but if you confirmed that your card has a Broadcom 43xx chipset, you could try downloading the driver file on your Internet connected computer and somehow transfer it to the laptop: broadcom-wl-188.8.131.52.tar.bz2
(contains the file wl_apsta.o
from which the version 4 firmware is extracted)
No promises, but below are steps that I followed to get my WPC54G connected.
- As root, use b43-fwcutter to extract firmware for the device from wl_apsta.o. You will find the file in the tarball downloaded from the link above. The b43-fwcutter package to extract the firmware from the driver is installed by default in Fedora 8:
b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware <DRIVERFILE>
b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware /your/full/path/to/wl_apsta.o/
- Create an alias for the module in the file /etc/modprobe.conf:
echo "alias wlan0 b43" >> /etc/modprobe.conf
- Add the module to the kernel. The b43 module may already be loaded, but it does no harm to run this command anyway.
- Open the Network Configuration utility and select "New", "Wireless connection", and hopefully the card is listed. Enter your router information, save, activate. See if you can connect.
Note: Many people prefer using the NetworkManager service to manage their wireless connection instead of the Network Configuration utility. Use one or the other.
P.S.: This is what I did and it works. To learn more about the bcm43xx, b43 and b43legacy drivers and which one to use, and about the firmware versions and which one to use, and about the extraction apps and which one to use, (under normal circumstances, I guess) see the links in my previous post.
I installed Fedora 8 on my Thinkpad and was using b43 for wireless. It was working for a while. Then all of a sudden, my connections with b43 slowed way down. I basically could not use the Internet. Everything regarding the b43 setup still looked normal. I have used ndiswrapper before and already understood how to install it and set it up. I did that, and I like it much better in F8. It's fast. I can now check the option to activate the connection at boot up. I can do either method and will always go with what works best for me. I'm happier with ndiswrapper for now.