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Old 10th June 2012, 02:10 AM
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modprobe wl

Hi again,

I updated to a newer F17 kernel last night, and I'm now without a wireless card (unless I load the previous kernel). At the moment I'm running the kernel 3.3.7-1.fc17.i686, and the most recent one is 3.4.0-1.fc17.i686.

That being said, I found a great how-to at the following site (it pertains to my Dell Inspiron 1525):

http://infotechmike.blogspot.ca/2012/02/how-to-install-broadcom-wl-driver-in.html

The problem is, when I run the command modprobe wl, I get the following:
Code:
# modeprobe wl
FATAL: Module wl not found
I compared the two files /lib/modules/[f17 kernel]/modules.dep (as was suggested at the site below), and found that extra/wl/wl.ko: kernel/net/wireless/lib80211.ko existed in all the previous files until the current kernel. I added that to the file for the current kernel and nothing changed.

forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=54364

Since switching to an open source system, this has been my biggest challenge: getting too addicted to tinkering around with my OS when I should be studying for things like my midterm on Monday. That being said, any help would be really appreciated.
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Old 10th June 2012, 04:04 AM
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Re: modprobe wl

First make sure you are accessing the files as
/lib/modules/`uname -r`/... so they refer to the CURRENT kernel you are using.
Second - NEVER manually edit modules.dep - that's a terrible idea.

The only valid way to update the modules.dep (and anything else that requires update) is to run the comment
depmod
as root.

The first step is to actually install the wl.ko file.

wl.ko driver is NOT part of the fedora kernel. You can install it from rpmfusion as kmod-wl - *IF* they have a package for your kernel. , or you can build it from sources.

Assuming the file is actually installed first test it's there;
ls -l /lib/modules/`uname -r`/extra/wl/wl.ko
or better yet
find /lib/modules/`uname -r` -name wl.ko

If it's there then run "depmod" as root.
Then modprobe or reboot.

---------- Post added at 11:04 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:03 PM ----------

PS when a new fedora kernel appears it's often a day or two before the rpmfusion repo has driver updates.
So a 'yum update' may fix the problem.
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