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Old 18th November 2009, 06:35 AM
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Unhappy Wireless problem with Fedora 12 (Solved) BCM4312

At first look, out of the box support for the wireless card looked great! It even worked with the live cd. The problem began after the installation was done.

Although I can see and connect to the wireless network in my apartment, the connection is damn slow. I only get speeds less than 10KBPS. There was no problem when I was using the earlier versions of fedora (and I have been with fedora for the past 2 years), including fedora 11 which I was using until I did a fresh install of fedora 12.

If anyone else has a similar problem or a solution please do let me know. Fedora 11 was so perfect, I do not want to see fedora 12 go a step backward :-)

p.s. I installed ubuntu 9.10 on a desktop in my apartment, and it looks like it is having similar problems. Any chance that it has to do with the latest release of GNOME or the linux kernel ?

Edit: Hi,

I have an update. I installed kde on my machine. I still face the same problem. So I think it might be either GNOME or the latest version of network manager. I am trying to downgrade the network manager and see how it goes.

Any insight into this problem is welcome. Please :P.

Edit: I just installed kde and knetworkmanager. Does not look like a problem from GNOME side. The router is working fine. Can somebody please help me out here ?
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Old 18th November 2009, 09:55 AM
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Hi,

Maybe it is just a ISP issue?
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Old 18th November 2009, 01:11 PM
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Hi Rahul,

The other laptops are working ok. I am sure this is not an ISP issue. Also I installed KDE and knetworkmanager. The problem persists. Currently I am still trying to figure it out.

If anyone could please help me, It would be of great help
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Old 18th November 2009, 02:00 PM
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What wireless card?
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Old 18th November 2009, 02:36 PM
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I am using a boradcom wireless card.

lspci gave the following output
Code:
lspci | grep Broadcom
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 01)
I remember using the bcmwl5.sys back when I had to use ndiswrapper. I am not sure, but is my card being detected imporperly ?
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Old 18th November 2009, 07:06 PM
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do we use ndiswrapper?

i'm new to fedora. i looked for ndiswrapper in yum

yum search ndiswrapper

but it didn't find it.

am i using the correct tool. i have a wmp300n linksys and i've always used ndiswrapper to get it to work.
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Old 18th November 2009, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by silentfreak

At first look, out of the box support for the wireless card looked great! It even worked with the live cd. The problem began after the installation was done.
I guess you mean that OpenFWWF driver. Well, that thing may have some maturing to do yet. But I admit that I don't know much about it. I was going to use it for Fedora 12, but I ended up continuing on with b43 for my BCM4306 cards.

Your wireless card's chipset is well-known to be supported by the new Broadcom 802.11 STA Linux driver (aka broadcom-wl). It's not built-in or "out-of-the-box", but it's not hard to install. If you want to try it, I'm sure help will arrive from every direction. But I will stop here in case you're not interested.

P.S.: The BCM4312 chipset is nearly unique in that it can work with every currently used Broadcom driver method (b43, broadcom-wl, ndiswrapper, and I thought openfwwf). So one way or the other, you will get this card working right.

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Old 18th November 2009, 07:55 PM
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Thanks!

I was a bit careless when the wireless started working without installing a driver (though very slowly). I just did
Code:
 yum install kmod-wl
and it works absolutely fine right now. I had no clue something like openFWWF existed.

Thanks for the help once again :-)

p.s. the required repositories (rpmfusion) were already installed.
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Old 19th November 2009, 05:38 AM
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Thanks!

I was a bit careless when the wireless started working without installing a driver (though very slowly). I just did
Code:
 yum install kmod-wl
and it works absolutely fine right now. I had no clue something like openFWWF existed.

Thanks for the help once again :-)

p.s. the required repositories (rpmfusion) were already installed.
Thanks, wireless wasn't working on my Dell Inspiron 1525 with the live cd or after install. I'm a fedora newbie but followed this post and everything is working great. Thanks again.
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Old 20th November 2009, 12:26 AM
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Can someone tell me how to mark this thread as solved or do it for me please ?
I appreciate everyone who helped me here :-)

thanks!
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Old 20th November 2009, 12:37 AM
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Hrrm, someone marked it solved, I see--I was going in there to list the card as well (since I think that will be helpful, especially as it's solved) and then realized it had been marked.

Anyway, now it's marked solved and the card model is in the title--no doubt this will help others with the same problem and thank you for coming back and telling us it worked.
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Old 20th November 2009, 11:30 AM
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The last time I checked the open firmware included within F12 for use with the broadcom range of cards was only reckoned to work with the 4306 and 4318 range of chipsets.

Hope that might help anyone looking for guidance in this thread.
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Old 25th November 2009, 04:41 AM
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Dual Booting Problem

Since I don't have internet connection on F12, is there anyway I can install kmod-wl by downloading first on windows, then installing it on Fedora?

If so, can someone help me?

Thanks.
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Old 25th November 2009, 04:50 AM
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I think kmod-wl is available in rpmfusion.

you can download the rpm here

http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration

look out for your architecture and version

copy the rpm package into a directory of your liking

and do
Code:
sudo yum install <packageName>
once that is done, just yum install kmod-wl


P.S. why isnt your ethernet working ?
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