I have been trying to get my Ubuntu 11.10 laptop to make an access point to connect my blackberry playbook . hostapd gave error

    Configuration file: ./hostapd-minimal.conf
    nl80211: 'nl80211' generic netlink not found
    nl80211 driver initialization failed.

Is this a BCM4312 problem? Can madwifi , hostap create wifi acccess point for me? Connectify can do this on windows so is there no equivalent??

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    Okay After a lot of searching turned this up.If you have a broadcom network controller Check if your card is compatible with b43. If it is awesome and keep reading. The default Broadcom sta driver (wl) will not support access point mode. So install b43 taking precautionary measure to be online by any means necessary. Turn it on using modprobe. Now follow instructions and try to set up access point. (linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43) (pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php?topic=91991.0) – Giridaran Manivannan Apr 2 '12 at 14:44
  • BCM 4312 is the network controller right? Even I want to establish an AP using hostapd, but am stuck at where you are...! When I try to install firmware-b43-installer, i get an error message saying " Not supported low power chip 14e4:4315 " and fails to install! Did you encounter such an issue, is it enough to install b43-fwcutter ? I am a lot confused... THanks for posting on this topic Sudharshan – user17589 Apr 10 '12 at 17:09
  • Final answer: Follow either of the suggestions on askubuntu.com/questions/105217/… – Giridaran Manivannan Apr 19 '12 at 4:50
  • @Sudharshan I got it working a couple of days back, follow it up with this post. I have posted all that worked for me in the above comment. – Giridaran Manivannan Apr 19 '12 at 11:34
  • Have you disable the Network Manager Service? – jrglndmnn Jan 14 at 7:01

Maybe you should edit /etc/hostapd.conf and change driver=nl80211 to madwifi.

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