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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I've tried EVERYWHERE to get help on this but nobody seems to know how to fix it so I'll try here.

My laptop has inbuilt wireless and uses a Broadcom chipset and seeing as Broadcom do not release chipset info it's hard to get drivers installed and working. I do have a USB dongle though, DWL-G122, this works great with Linux but it when trying to connect to the net my CPU load shoots up to 99% and ut's impossible to do anything. I ran TOP to see what was going on and it seems the IP command (used for TCP/IP interface configuration and routing) is the root cause but I dunno why. I tried installing IProute2 again but still no luck.

I'm not sure if it's because I am running a live distro (Mandriva One & Auditor) or what, any ideas?

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  • Indrid ColdIndrid Cold Warming up? Posts: 16,688
    I don't know much about wireless, so I can't really help. But I've read there is a way to use the windows drivers for wireless cards, it would be worth a shot.
    As for why the ip command loads the CPU to 99%, the only thing I can say is that it's very strange.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Have you tryed using another USB thing if you have one?

    might be something to do with the Dongel it self it dont like Linux?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    This dongle should work, other people use it. I will try windows drivers but I didn't really want to but I will see if it works,
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ndiswrapper is what you need, as ingrid said it'll let you use the windows driver in nix. You may also want to try ubuntu over mandriva. i find it better
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm no use on this, as I've never dabbled with wireless under Linux. My first suggestion would be to check the Mandriva forums, as they often use non-standard compilations under their distribution, and it could be a problem introduced by their particular configuration rather than an actual error. :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mandriva forums are pretty much useless and Ubuntu is based on Debian, don't like distro's based Debian, I prefer Redhat based where I can have RPMs :).
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Makoto wrote:
    Mandriva forums are pretty much useless and Ubuntu is based on Debian, don't like distro's based Debian, I prefer Redhat based where I can have RPMs :).

    Psh, apt-get is far superior to rpm's.

    "apt-get install firefox" and firefox is installed, etc

    edit: p.s, ndiswrapper should still work under mandriva :P
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ahhh! ndiswrapper is telling me that the drivers I have for my dongle are not the right ones.
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