[driverloader] Connection problem with Linuxant Driverloader and Broadcom internal card on Drake 9.2

jswanson jswanson at andersonranch.org
Thu Jan 8 09:57:37 EST 2004

(Configuration detals are at bottom of message.)

I am using a HP Pavilion ze 4430us laptop with an internal Broadcom 802.11g
wireless card (BCM94306) and running Mandrake Linux 9.2. The wireless card
works under Windows XP. I am also able to get a live internet connection
under Mandrake with a wired connection through my National Semiconductor
ethernet card. But, I cannot get the wireless internet connection working.

I am using Linuxant Driverloader. There were no problems during
configuration. It seems to be making the card visible to Mandrake.The card
now shows up as "eth1" in the "LAN Configuration" section of the "Networks
and Internet" page of the Mandrake Control panel. In the panel it shows the
boot protocol correctly as DHCP, the driver as "driverloader" and DHCP does
provide it an good internal IP address when activiated.

So, I think I'm close here. But when I try to load an internet page, I get
an "Unknown host" error. This doesn't appear to be a DNS problem, however,
because even sites called by IP address have the same error message and do
not load. Also I cannot successfully ping my wireless router even though the
wireless AP/router appears to be able to communicate with the wireless card,
its ID shows up in iwconfig and its DHCP server provides the wireless
card/Mandrake with an IP address.

I have tried some of the "route" doctoring suggested elsewhere with no
success. Any ideas on what I can do to actually get an internet connection


alias eth0 natsemi
alias eth1 driverloader

Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:4B:419:93
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
RX packets:49 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions: 0 txqueuelen:100

IEEE 802.11g ESSID: "NETGEAR" Nickname: "unknown"
Mode: Managed Frequency: 2.462 GHz Access Poing: 00:09:5B:6F:8E:88
Bit Rate=11MB/s Tx-Power=13 dBm
RTS thr: off Fragment thr: off
Encryption key: off
Power Management: off
Link Quality: 1/1 Signal level:-10 dBm Noise level: -81dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
RX bytes: 5251 (5.1kb) TX bytes: 804 (804.0 b)

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