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13th January 2011, 01:38 AM
My kernal version is 22.214.171.124-45.fc14.i686 (2.6.35). I have installed fedora 14.
I dont have a wired network connection , so as mentioned in one the threads (http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=239922 ) i downloaded the RPM fusion of the driver and followed the steps. This is the first time m installing linux ,i have no idea if my kernel is kmod version. But when tried installing any of those codes provided it gave an err saying NOTHING TO DO. But my network manager doesn't show the wlan. It still says driver firmware missing.
When checked the loaded kernel it did have ssb and b4. I did blacklist them. But reappears
everytime i check and wl is not loaded.CAN anyone please help me know wat I should do? Thank you.
13th January 2011, 01:53 AM
You may want to update your system first, your kernel is old. The current one is 126.96.36.199-74.fc14.i686. The kmod for your kernel is still available but you may want to consider installing the akmod; it will build a new kmod when a new kernel is installed.
13th January 2011, 02:26 AM
I dont have a wired network connection...If you don't have a wired NIC connection for the computer to do its own downloads, then the steps in that HOWTO don't apply to your situation. You will need to download some files from RPM Fusion that were not mentioned in the HOWTO and manually install them. I trust you to have correctly identified your chipset as one that is supported by the broadcom-wl driver.
Now, SomeDamFool is right about the akmod version, but I have found it harder to install the akmod version in an offline situation because of a bunch of dependencies it is going to need. However, the ordinary kmod version only requires three files to manually install. Since you identified your kernel version, here they are...kmod-wl-188.8.131.52-45.fc14.i686-184.108.40.206-2.fc14.1.i686.rpm (http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/releases/14/Everything/i386/os/kmod-wl-220.127.116.11-45.fc14.i686-18.104.22.168-2.fc14.1.i686.rpm)
broadcom-wl-22.214.171.124-1.fc13.noarch.rpm (http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/releases/14/Everything/i386/os/broadcom-wl-126.96.36.199-1.fc13.noarch.rpm)On another computer with Internet, navigate to this page, download those three files, somehow transfer them to the wireless computer, and manually install them. Do that by opening a terminal, changing directories to the folder with the three rpms, and install them all at once (one-at-a-time will not work) with these terminal commands...su
rpm -ivh *.rpmAfter that successfully completes, reboot and check the NetworkManager panel icon for available networks and connect.
If that worked, then make sure the RPM Fusion repos are installed before attempting to update the system (yum repolist). After the repos are installed, then update. You also can install SomeDamFool's akmod version if you want to.
13th January 2011, 04:50 AM
Thank you stoat. The installation was successful but The wireless is still disabled.
Is it because I blacklisted b43 and ssb ? Ithe command lsmod | sort is no more working. It says
Command not found ! Is there anything I can do?
My wLAN is BCM4312 , Computer Dell Inspiron 1525.
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I did remove the blacklisted files ssb and b43, but still the wireless remains disabled. :(
13th January 2011, 01:32 PM
First, I would confirm the installed packages and the running kernel...uname -r
rpm -qa | grep -e kernel -e kmod-wl -e broadcom-wl | sortIf all of that makes sense vis-a-vis the running kernel version and the package versions, then confirm that the wl module is being loaded...lsmod | sortIf the module is not loaded, then manually load it and restart NetworkManager...su
service NetworkManager restartGive NetworkManager several seconds to react to that and then check the panel icon for available networks. If that worked, then add that modprobe command to /etc/rc.local.
If the wl module is loaded and it still is not working, then start looking for something disabling the wireless adapter such as a BIOS setting, an on-off switch somewhere on the computer or adapter, a software switch or hotkey, or rfkill. See here for more about rfkill...http://fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=249577
13th January 2011, 11:26 PM
yes, it just needed sometime I guess. Finally got it working. Appreciate your help.
Thank a ton! Thank u all.
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