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gator
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Will Blag work for me? Reply with quote

I am wondering if Blag will work for my computer. I have a 5050 Acer Aspier laptop with wifi. If I install blag by defult will wifi automaticly pick up? My wirless card is bcm4318 brodcom

Also, would my sound work.. My sound is Realtek HD

jebba
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sound will probably work, broadcom wifi won't. More info here:

http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/acer.html

-Jeff

Blarney
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a 5050 Acer Aspire... Not installed BLAG on it yet but mine has Atheros wifi... which I believe should work with madwifi drivers?
jebba
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ath5k drivers work with some atheros chipsets and ath5k is free. Madwifiis not free.
gator
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there's no way my brodcom chip would work..?

And could you direct me to a linux that would support my wifi..
I am using ubuntu and it supports it..but I'd perfer to use another linux.

jebba
PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gator wrote:
So there's no way my brodcom chip would work..?

And could you direct me to a linux that would support my wifi..
I am using ubuntu and it supports it..but I'd perfer to use another linux.


The broadcom chip doesn't work with free software.

http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html

If it works with ubuntu, it is because they include non-free software.

-Jeff

noldrin
PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have the non-free windows driver, you can use tools that come with BLAG (fwcutter or ndiswrapper) to make use of it for connecting. But doing so is out of the scope of these forums. The topic has been dealt with on other forums across the internet though.
extraspecialbitter
PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess what we're saying is that it is technically possible to run BLAG on a laptop using this wireless card, but that Broadcom hasn't seen fit to make its source code available to developers - therefore users are forced to use non-free drivers in order to get it working. The Fedora Forum has a good how-to on the topic at http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=115572&highlight=bcm43, and there are many other write-ups available on the web.
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