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02-23-2012, 01:14 AM
Good morning, people!
I have PC-BSD 9.0 x86_64 and XFCE desktop installed (I don't like KDE and your LXDE is -for the moment- not too good, in my opinion [I hope in your next version, because I love a lot the LXDE desktop]).
My notebook (a Compaq Presario CQ56-187sl [64 bit processor]) can connect to Internet by wired Ethernet (so I am, in this moment), but I don't know a way to connect in wireless mode... This is my notebook: http://it.bestshopping.com/technical/Hp-Compaq-Presario-CQ56-187SL-Notebook-PC.sku=XZ483EA|.html.
Wireless is a Broadcom 801.11 b/g/n...
Do you know some way to make my Wi-Fi connection a working connection?
Thank you very much!

02-23-2012, 11:55 AM
You first need to find out what Broadcom chip you are using. EG: BCM4313, BCM4318, BCM4311

I would start by looking at the following two wiki doc pages.

Wireless Testing

Network Configuration: Devices: Wireless Adapters

02-24-2012, 11:20 AM
I'm sorry, but... I have no idea if BCM4313, BCM4318 or BCM4311... no idea at all.
Only, I suspect -but I cannot be sure of it- that, for my configuration, the BCM4318 way is a little more right (maybe)... Just a my impression, only that.
Only I know that in all my GNU/Linux installation the wireless connection is working after a packege installation: a broadcom package that name is a little different fron "distro" to "distro", but sound like broadcom-wl-kmod (that's in Fedora, but it's very similar in PCLinuxOS, CentOS, Scientific Linux, Foresight Linux, etc...).
I have not, also, in XFCE, any icon -in my tray- about Wireless connection.
The only connection-icon that's I have in my tray is the wired ethernet icon connection.
I need to have some detailed instructions for to install the needed driver and -after this- configure my Wi-Fi connection.
I have searched for a graphic interface to configure the Wireless connection (or any minimal Wi-Fi trace), but there isn't at all: only my wired ethernet connection configuration stay visible...
Not in my XFCE desktop, non in my KDE desktop (I don't like it at all, but I shift to KDE looking for a graphic mode configuration for my Wi-Fi: not at all to see. Nothing. Only the wired ethernet connection. Also the LXDE desktop have any graphical utility to configure Wi-Fi connection, anyway. So, I have turned to XFCE desktop.
My Wi-Fi LED is -obviusly- RED, and my PC-BSD have no-idea that Wi-Fi connection is possible.
Can you help me with my problem? Thank you. Thank you.

02-24-2012, 01:35 PM
I attempt to compile the broadcom module from source, but that module are well included in PC-BSD 9.0... and don't work the same!
Really, I don't know any to do, in this moment...

02-25-2012, 09:33 AM
I'm a little discouraged, at moment... I like PC-BSD, but a notebook that is unable to connect in Wi-Fi mode is not so useful...
Confirm (verified): my Wireless driver be appear "installed", but don't work at all...

02-25-2012, 11:01 PM
hi monsee --

this might help identify the specific wireless adapter:

pciconf -lv | grep BCM
pciconf -lv | grep Wireless

02-26-2012, 04:26 AM
OK, I see that response: BCM4313.... I downloaded the WindowsXP driver as indicated but it's a exe-file! I don't know a way to extract from it... Can you suggest me a way, to work?

02-27-2012, 12:24 AM
double-check the links NaX posted earlier -- also, take a look here:


hopefully this helps some. i've not tried working the ndis wrapper method, so i can't really give any detailed help. hopefully one of the devs will drop by and give some pointers.

02-27-2012, 11:44 AM
Thank you and thanks to NaX: you are greats!
Now I have my Wi-Fi connection on PC-BSD 9.0 x64... and work good!
So, PC-BSD is, from today, the default OS in my notebook.
Good work, people. PC-BSD is a very great idea!
Thank you a lot for your kind (and wise!) suggestions.