Live CD/DVD that supports Broadcom 4312 out of the box

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  1. Nek

    Nek Registered Member

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    Hi guys, can anyone please recommend me a live CD/DVD that supports Broadcom's 4312 wireless chipset out of the box? I've tried two distros -- Ubuntu 11.04 and Linux Mint 10 -- but none of these worked. The last live CD/DVD that worked was Ubuntu 9.04.

    Close to giving up :(

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. NormanF

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    They both support the Broadcom chipset but you have to install the wireless driver (Broadcom STA driver) via Hardware Driver applet and reboot your computer once it is installed to activate the driver and then configure your wireless network. It doesn't work in the live environment since the driver is not saved on reboot. You can only do that when its installed to the hard drive.

    Mandriva/PCLOS supports it in live environment (driver already comes installed right out the box) and will also carry over the information to a hard drive install and all you have to do is configure your wireless network.

    Hope this info helps.
     
  3. Nek

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    Thanks NormanF, your info helped! I have Ubuntu installed on my harddrive and wifi set up, but was looking for a live CD that supports Broadcom 4312 for a family member.

    Thanks again :)
     
  4. NormanF

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    The common wireless cards are now supported by a kernel module. There's no need to use ndiswrapper and a Windows driver any more except in exceptional circumstances. Nearly every new laptop and netbook made today either has a Broadcom or a related Atheros chipset that is Linux friendly.

    Like I said, Mandriva/PCLOS is the one to use if you want to see if it will support your wireless card on install.
     
  5. cgeek

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    I have a B43 card and I can confirm from my experiance Fedora supports these OTB. PCLOS has a pita setup process that is not foolproof. Especially if you use a WPA setup, It sometimes reverts to WEP.
     
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