Wireless (Broadcom 4311) on HP DV9210US dv9000 in Mandriva

Here’s a short HOWTO for getting the wireless card (a broadcom 4311) in the HP DV9210US working swimmingly in Mandriva.

 

Step 1
I can’t verify that this step is necessary. I already had the card enabled in Windows, so I have not tried it with the card disabled. Nonetheless, several people tell me that this is important so I’m including it here.

The first trick to getting wireless working on your brand new, fancy HP DV9210US Notebook PC is to enable the wireless card in windows. If you have not already used your wireless card in Windows, or previously shut down Windows while the wireless card was disabled, you need to boot back into Windows. This is a critical part of the install; the wireless card has a software switch inside and if it is disabled in windows, it will remain disabled and you will not be able to set it up in Mandriva.

 

Step 2
The next thing you need to do is grab the wireless card drivers. You can find them at:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/…
Then you’ll need to grab the ndiswrapper source code from:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=93482
Extract these into a directory somewhere and call it something useful like wlan.

 

Step 3
You need to replace the Mandriva drivers with the latest drivers from NVIDIA. Go to:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
Download and install the latest drivers from NVIDIA and then proceed to the next step. Apparently the Mandriva NVIDIA drivers can cause problems with ndiswrapper and the Broadcom chips. This will resolve that issue.

 

Step 4
Update your RPM sources. Head to:
http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/
And follow the directions there to update your system.

 

Step 5
Uninstall all previous versions of ndiswrapper. Follow the directions here:
http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/ndiswrapper/index.php?title=Uninstall_HowTo

 

Step 6
Goto the wlan directory you created in Step 2 and go into the ndiswrapper directory. Run make uninstall as root and follow the directions there.

 

Step 7
As root, run make and make install inside the ndiswrapper directory.

 

Step 8
Launch the Mandriva Linux Control Center and set up a new wireless network connection. Select ndiswrapper and then browse to the directory where you extracted the Broadcom drivers to.
Follow the directions to connect to your wireless network.

 

Done



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