sent these posts to 'linux hardware' and thought i'd post here as well -
i've returned my hp compaq nx6125 laptop 4x because of endless
> problems with this wireless chipset. the most recent laptop worked
> with winxp, sort of, it can't seem to do better than 100 KB/s. after
> using ndiswrapper with the same driver (hp site driver), i got a force
> message and now the wireless doesn't work on either linux or win xp?
> on my first hp laptop, i had found a bcmwl5a.inf which worked fine. i
> can't seem to find that driver anymore - got it from the web
> somewhere. i'm trying 2 different versions of the bcmwl5.inf from hp
> that don't work. any help would be appreciated.
sorry for the lack of info. right now i'm running zenwalk 2.6 - 32 bit
(slack based) with a 2.6.16 kernel. when i install the wireless driver i
get a force message. 'ndiswrapper -l' says the hardware is detected and
driver is loaded. 'iwconfig wlan0' shows the card. after configuring the
wlan0 with iwconfig, essid, mode, and key the card doesn't show up in
ifconfig after running dhcp. iwconfig still shows essid=any instead of
the network name i gave it with 'iwconfig wlan0 essid mynetwork'? syslog
shows a timeout error from dhcp when trying to connect.
apparently a driver for this chipset will be available in kernel version
2.6.17 but in the meantime i'd like to find a winxp driver called
'bcmwl5a.inf' which worked previously without force messages after
running 'ndiswrapper -i'. and, yes, i am running 'modprobe ndiswrapper'