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How to install Broadcom BCM94311MCG WiFi Card on OpenSuse 10.3 using NDISWrapper

May 18, 2008 1 comment

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Here is a howto to install Broadcom  wireless card drivers on opensuse 10.3  using ndiswrpper and windows drivers. I installed  Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI adapter on  Compaq Presario 3611AU. The process of Installing windows drivers on linux using ndiswrapper is more or less same for most of  the adapters.

  • Windows Drivers : You need to download download windows drivers to get started with. Windows XP drivers are generally safe to be used with ndiswrapper. I downloaded xp drivers for broadcom adapter from hp/compaq site.
  • Extract the windows driver exe using cabextract. cabextract  sp36684.exe
  • Install ndiswrapper package using yast. This should be straight forward.
  • Unload the bcm43xx module.  rmmod bcm43xx
  • Load ndiswrapper using modprobe. modprobe  ndiswrapper
  • Load windows drivers extracted in step two. Load the .inf file using ndiswrapper.  ndiswrapper -i *.inf
  • Blacklist bcm43xx module, not to be loaded at boot.  echo “blacklist bcm43xx” >> /etc/modules.d/blacklist
  • Configure ndiswrapper to be loaded at the boot time.