Re: Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 vs. Broadcom BCM9430x

From: Disconnect (
Date: Thu Jun 12 2003 - 12:22:01 EST

On Thu, 2003-06-12 at 13:08, Davide Libenzi wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Jun 2003, Marc Sowen wrote:
> > Hi everybody,
> >
> > I hope this is not too off-topic, but the fact is that neither the Intel
> > PRO/Wireless 2100 (Centrino) chipset nor the Broadcom BCM9430x (e.g.
> > Dell Truemobile 1180/1300/1400) chipset is currently supported in Linux
> > due to FCC regulation problems.
> >
> > Anyhow, I plan to get a new Notebook within the next 2 or 3 weeks and I
> > need to decide, whether to go for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 or the
> > Broadcom BCM9430x chipset. I know it's hard to say, but what do you
> > think, which company (Intel or Broadcom) is more likely to release the
> > necessary documents and/or drivers for their chipsets? Both companys
> > seem to ignore all inquiries concerning Linux support at the moment.
> I used to win the "Dumb context 2003" by buying a laptop w/out checking
> the hw compatibility list. It was first sight love :) Now after a series
> of custom patches (SiS chipset, pcmcia irq selection, local apic,...)
> everything is working fine but the Broadcom integrated WLAN. I suggest you
> to go with a machine w/out the integrated WLAN and then buy a supported
> pcmcia card (orinoco prismII works great on my machine). To understand who
> between Intel and Broadcom will first release specs, take a look at their
> web sites for documentation/specs. The answer will become pretty easy.

Find out which one is in that linksys possible-gpl-violation and use
that one. (I think its broadcom.)

FWIW I got my laptop with the broadcom (dell truemobile) intentionally,
as it is useful under XP and might eventually work under Linux. (Then I
bought the older truemobile, the 1150 I think, for $80 or so. Swapped
right in, leaving the pcmcia slot for my ipaq's hdd, etc. Even the
Fn-wireless button correctly turns the radio on/off, although Linux has
no way to detect it except loss of signal.)

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