Tho' I've dabbled in Linux for a number of years, I'm a novice at fairly complex tasks in the system. To remedy this, I've decided to install FC6 on my laptop. During and post-installation, there were three problems:
1. Graphics card problems: Temporarily remedied with by installing with 'linux vesa'.
2. Wireless card not installed.
3. Wired card not working.
My laptop is a Dell Inspiron e1405 with the following (note the NONSTANDARD wireless):
1. Graphics: Intel 945GM.
2. Wireless: Dell Wireless 802.11n 1500 (also a Broadcom 43xv or BCM43xv)
3. Wired: Broadcom 440x (probably a 4401)
The problems with the graphics isn't a big deal. I've read that once I get the updated drivers, my video should be in good shape. The problem now is getting those drivers!
To get the network to go, I've tried the following:
1. Add another broadcom card to ETH1. This didn't work
2. Copy Windows copy of the BCM driver and run FWCUTTER (v6). This didn't work; fwcutter complained that it didn't recognize the MD5 hash on my driver (BCMWL6.SYS).
3. Further research turned up very little.
I then moved to working on the wired connection.
1. Tried plugging up to a network; no go. Rebooting didn't help.
2. Tried activating the connection, again nothing
3. Researched the problem here (and elsewhere). It seems the solution thus far is to recompile the Kernel because of a problem with XEN support. This is too much work when I will only use the wireless connection anyway.
So, at this point, I have no solutions. My main goal is to get the wireless working, but I'll take anything at this point just to get a network connection so I can get updates. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance!