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Old 10th November 2009, 12:14 PM
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Need help to run WLAN on HP dv6

Im totally new to linux and got no clue on how to do anything whatsoever

From what little I could gather, I found my network card using

Code:
lspci -nn | grep -i -e network -e wireless
lsusb
Now theres no way I can connect to the internet wired to download the drivers for it.
Is there anyway I can download the drivers through windows and install it to fedora using a usb drive?
I have no idea where to get the drivers and how to install them either, so any kind of help would be greatly appreeciated!

Thank you!
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Old 10th November 2009, 05:41 PM
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Hello zero77cool

Yes to your question, there usually is a way to get the drivers for your card in windows and transfer them.

The question is "what wireless card".

We need to see the output from 'lspci' or 'lsusb', depending on which sort of card you have, to determine that
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Old 22nd November 2009, 11:04 AM
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Hello zero77cool

Yes to your question, there usually is a way to get the drivers for your card in windows and transfer them.

The question is "what wireless card".

We need to see the output from 'lspci' or 'lsusb', depending on which sort of card you have, to determine that

Code:
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
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Old 22nd November 2009, 11:17 AM
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Hello zero77cool

The 4312 card is usually reckoned to work best with the broadcom-wl driver. Some, but not all, 4312's will work with the b43 but it's not guaranteed.

Quote:
If you want to install the broadcom-wl rpm's from rpmfusion without an internet connection then you need to know which kernel you are running.

Code:
uname -a
from a terminal will tell you that. My machine reports:

2.6.29.4-167.fc11.i686.PAE

Go to this site if you have a new install that you have not updated:

http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfr...thing/i386/os/

If you have managed to update then you need to go here:

http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfr...dates/11/i386/

You will need a file like:

Code:
kmod-wl-2.6.29.4-167.fc11.i686.PAE-5.10.79.10-2.fc11.9.i686.rpm
but that matches your kernel number and architecture, the parts I have highlighted red, and a file like:

Code:
kmod-wl-PAE-5.10.79.10-2.fc11.9.i686.rpm
note how the parts of this file name match the previous file, and finally like:

Code:
broadcom-wl-5.10.79.10-2.fc11.noarch.rpm
that again matches the other two. Don't worry, the architecture for this one is the basic architecture.

Transfer them all to a folder on your linux machine where there are no other rpm files..

In a terminal, acquire full root rights by issuing the command:

Code:
su -
that's a space and a minus sign after the su.

Then use the cd command to change into the folder where you have the three rpm files.

Use the command:

Code:
rpm -ivh *.rpm
to install the three files. By using a wild card they should be able to sort out their interrelated dependencies for themselves.
That should get broadcom-wl installed.

At that stage, NetworkManager in the notification area of the panel to the left of the clock "may" begin to identify wireless networks when you left click on it.

If not, then in the same terminal window as you used above run:

Code:
service NetworkManager restart
Do be sure to get the parts relating to your exact kernel. Theres an 'i586' and an 'i686-PAE' mixing the various bits can lead to unwanted complications.

The notes refer specifically to Fedora 11. They should translate fairly easily to F12 just by substituting version numbers in both the commands and the links to the rpmfusion site.

Usually, the b43 driver is well mannered enough to get out of the way of broadcom-wl, but if it doesn't then we may need to blacklist it.

Post back if you have any questions or problems.

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