I have a eMachines m5312 laptop a friend gave me after the hard drive died. I replaced the dead 60GB drive with a new 100GB drive and reloaded it with Windows XP Home, shrunk that partition and loaded the latest version of pclinuxos (LXDE Version on it) and got everything to work except the Broadcom Wireless Card to work without any problems.
The wireless card, according to the System Info Program is:
00:0c.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
I have tried everything I could find on the help forums and via Google search via the internet and can not get the darn thing to connect. It sees plenty of potential wireless access points, but every time I try to connect to anything it comes back and says "Error - Connection Failed".
The Broadcom Wireless Card works fine when booted into Windows XP Home, but will not connect when running pclinuxos. FYI, I have loaded both another distro versions 12.04 and 12.10 without any luck on the Broadcom Card.
I am not a Linux newbie, have been running various iterations of Red Hat, Ubuntu, and ran real Unix on Intergraph and Sun Workstations since the mid 1980's. This is the first time I have ever been completely stumped on any issue with any flavor of Linux or Unix.
I worked with a friend at R&R Solutions in 2009 that told me about pclinuxos and I decided to give it a try after coming up blank on the wireless issue with another distro.
I am posting this on the eMachines laptop, currently connected to the Internet via a Proxim Wireless card that always works without any issues on any version of Linux I have ever loaded. It also works flawlessly with a Belkin USB adapter as well. I know that Broadcom Cards are generally a pain to configure, but hoped to get this thing working without using an external device...
I am open to any suggestion more experienced folks on the forum can make to help me resolve this vexing issue...
Thanks and Regards,