I have an Acer Aspire WLMi 3003 with Kubuntu 5.10 installed. I have no wireless interface out of the box, so I'm trying to use ndiswrapper which I installed through apt-get. (So the version of ndiswrapper is 1.1-4).
This is what the Wiki Installation guide tells me to do:
"Important: Do NOT use drivers on your CD. They may work, but you may experience kernel crashes etc., if the driver on your CD has not been tested.
Instead, you need to download appropriate Windows XP driver for your card from the Wiki entry List. To identify the driver that you need, first identify the card you have with 'lspci' and note the first column such as 0000:00:
0c.0 and then find out the PCI ID of the card that with 'lspci -n' corresponding to the first column of 'lspci' output.
The PCI ID is third column or fourth in some distributions and of the form '104c:8400'. Now you need to get the Windows driver for this chipset. In the List, find out an entry for the same PCI ID and download the driver corresponding to it."
0000:00:0b.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4318 (rev 02)
0000:00:0b.0 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)
This PCI ID is found in the List multiple times, for different laptop models, but not for mine. I took this one:
Notebook: Acer Aspire 3023WLMi
* Kernel 2.6.12 vanilla RPM for Fedora Core 4
* Chipset: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 802.11/g Wireless LAN
* pciid: 14e4:4318
* Driver: ndiswrapper v1.3rc1
with bcmwl5a.inf or bcmwl5.inf (either works) ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/notebook/aspire_3020_5020/driver/ (Broadcom, 12/22/2004, v18.104.22.168
Now, my wireless still doesn't work but "#ndiswrapper -l" gives me:
"Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present"
Does this mean the driver is OK, but there still is another problem, or does it mean I should pick another driver?