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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 12:35 am    Post subject: Microsoft MN720 Wireless PCMCIA Adapter on Apple G3 Pismo Reply with quote

I'm running latest Gentoo (2004.3) PPC on my Apple G3 Pismo laptop. It has a PCMCIA slot and I'm trying to get my Microsoft MN720 wirless card (based on Broadcom chipset) to work with this. But Gentoo doesn't even recognize it. I mean normally, when I plugin the card, the power led should light up right? That doesn't even happen. Is the PCMCIA slot disabled in my Apple? If so, how do I enable it? If it is not a slot problem is it a driver issue? Does anybody have any experiences with a similar setup?

Any help greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know there are no drivers for Broadcom under Linux, and none are expected in the near future (since Broadcom does not release specifications for their chips). There was a petition somewhere for Broadcom do release the said specifications but I would not hold my breath.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 4:56 am    Post subject: Thanks and so which.... Reply with quote

Thanks Bruda! So, which network chipsets are supported for wireless. I don't want to shell another $100 for an Airport card. Any alternatives that work under Gentoo PPC?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not an expert on the matter, but you have always available the chips that are supported by the kernel (take a look at Device Drivers -> Networking support -> Wireless LAN (non-hamradio) in your kernel configuration. You have then the linux-wlan project that supports some other chipsets. I don't know where else to look, perhaps somebody more knowledgeable will give you more information.
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