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Old 6th October 2008, 03:13 AM
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wireless fedora 9

I downloaded and installed ndiswrapper and the windows driver from my vendors website. I unizipped the file to find the .inf to use on ndiswrapper but there are a couple different ones in different folders and I'm not sure what ones to use x.x...

bcmwl6.inf
bcmwl6.sys
bcmwl664.sys

are in folders DRIVER_US,DRIVER_ROW,DRIVER_JPN. I dunno if the .sys are important or not. Wireless Driver I downloaded from dell was Dell_multi-device_A17_R174292

My wireless card is: Dell Wireless 1505 Draft 802.11n WLAN Mini-Card.

EDIT:

I decided to go with the US one..
Code:
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl6.inf
[root@localhost DRIVER_US]# ndiswrapper -i bcmwl6.inf
installing bcmwl6 ...
[root@localhost DRIVER_US]# ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl6 : driver installed
device (14E4:4328) present (alternate driver: ssb)

That's what I'm at now.

Last edited by AstralAbraxas; 6th October 2008 at 03:17 AM.
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Old 6th October 2008, 07:43 AM
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Try this:

Quote:
1.
su -


2.-
rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-9.rpm

3.-
yum install ndiswrapper kernel-module-ndiswrapper-$(uname -r)

4.
/usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -i "place of driver".inf

5.-
ndiswrapper -l

[Installed ndis drivers:
bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present ]

6.
echo "blacklist bcm43xx" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo "blacklist ssb" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo "blacklist b43" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

7.
/usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -m

8.
dmesg | grep ndiswrapper



10.
/usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -mi

11.
echo "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" >> /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper

REBOOT
Just remember to keep .inf and .sys files together.

Hope it does it for you
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Old 7th October 2008, 02:15 AM
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Looked like everything worked great... rebooted... and nothing >.<...

iwconfig:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

pan0 no wireless extensions.


wireless doesn't show up in system-config-network either.

I reformatted before trying that... last night I messed up my internet so bad that wired wasn't even working xD
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Old 7th October 2008, 06:53 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AstralAbraxas View Post
bcmwl6.inf
bcmwl6.sys
bcmwl664.sys
The 'bcmwl664.sys' is most likely the 64 bit drivers, so if you are using i386 then you probably won't need it.
Quote:
Originally Posted by AstralAbraxas View Post
are in folders DRIVER_US,DRIVER_ROW,DRIVER_JPN. I dunno if the .sys are important or not.
Those are most likely different languages, you were right to go with US, unless you speak Japanese or some other language.
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Old 7th October 2008, 08:53 PM
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either way it's not showing up >.< I checked ndiswrapper -l and it says it's installed:

bcmwl6 : driver installed
device (14E4:4328) present (alternate driver: ssb)

but... it doesn't show up in my network anywhere
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Old 8th October 2008, 06:05 AM
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Post up the contents of your:
1) /etc/modprobe.conf
2) /etc/modules
3) /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
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Old 8th October 2008, 01:46 PM
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I don't think I had a /etc/modprobe.conf but anyways, its empty. Another thing I should say is when booting up it says "ndiswrapper couldn't load bcmwl66 driver"


blacklist:
Code:
#
# Listing a module here prevents the hotplug scripts from loading it.
# Usually that'd be so that some other driver will bind it instead,
# no matter which driver happens to get probed first.  Sometimes user
# mode tools can also control driver binding.
#
# Syntax:  driver name alone (without any spaces) on a line. Other
# lines are ignored.
#

# watchdog drivers
blacklist i8xx_tco

# framebuffer drivers
blacklist aty128fb
blacklist atyfb
blacklist radeonfb
blacklist i810fb
blacklist cirrusfb
blacklist intelfb
blacklist kyrofb
blacklist i2c-matroxfb
blacklist hgafb
blacklist nvidiafb
blacklist rivafb
blacklist savagefb
blacklist sstfb
blacklist neofb
blacklist tridentfb
blacklist tdfxfb
blacklist virgefb
blacklist vga16fb

# ISDN - see bugs 154799, 159068
blacklist hisax
blacklist hisax_fcpcipnp

blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist ssb
blacklist b43
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Old 9th October 2008, 05:58 AM
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I don't know why wireless has to be such an endurance in Linux. It was the only thing stopping me from using Linux until I got it working. Everybody here has their own cookbook to making wireless work. Here's mine. You can execute the steps you did not do yet and see if it makes a difference.

Configuring Broadcom Wireless on Fedora 9
# Install ndiswrapper.
su -
rpm -Uhv http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-9.rpm
yum install ndiswrapper

# Remove any existing modules.
rmmod b43
ndiswrapper -l
ndiswrapper -r driver (replace driver with drivers listed above. Repeat for all)
rmmod ndiswrapper
echo blacklist b43 >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo blacklist bcm43xx >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo blacklist ssd >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

# Install the windows drivers.
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
ndiswrapper -l
ndiswrapper -ma (or echo 'alias wlan0 ndiswrapper >> /etc/modprobe.conf')
modprobe ndiswrapper
echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules

REBOOT
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Old 9th October 2008, 06:05 AM
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u should use the bcmwl5.inf driver and not the bcmwl6.inf driver.

BTW when u install the driver u should do this:

/usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -i "place of driver".inf

as stated in my first post

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Old 9th October 2008, 07:09 AM
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well I uninstalled the bcmwl6 and installed the bcmwl5 driver.... by following the steps:

Code:
rmmod b43
ndiswrapper -l
ndiswrapper -r driver (replace driver with drivers listed above. Repeat for all)
rmmod ndiswrapper
echo blacklist b43 >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo blacklist bcm43xx >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
echo blacklist ssd >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
ndiswrapper -l
ndiswrapper -ma (or echo 'alias wlan0 ndiswrapper >> /etc/modprobe.conf')
modprobe ndiswrapper
echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules
made sure
Code:
blacklist b43
blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist ssb
was in my /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

and did

Code:
/usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -i /home/Astral/Download/bcmwl5_driver/bcmwl5/bcmwl5.inf
modprobe ndiswrapper
echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules
and rebooted... nothing...

so I added
Code:
alias wlan0 ndiswrapper
to my /etc/modprobe.conf file(which was empty) and it made wlan0(ndiswrapper) show up in my system-config-network but when I tried to setup my wireless with it I got an error about my device not being ready or not detected or something (last time I had it like that, when I rebooted my wired didn't even work anymore)

EDIT:

the exact error I get is:

ndiswrapper device wlan0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.

Last edited by AstralAbraxas; 9th October 2008 at 07:11 AM.
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Old 9th October 2008, 08:55 PM
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this whole thing is beginning to piss me off...

when I woke up this morning my internet wasn't working at all... took me about an hour and a half to fix it. Now everytime I reboot to get on the net I have to go into system-config-network and activate my ethernet connection.
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Old 15th October 2008, 12:33 AM
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O.k I'm a total newb to Linux but I have to try the Fedora 9 USB edition. I have the system up and running but installing drivers is a total new experience for me using linux. I have a Gateway M-6750 which uses the Marvell TopDog for my wireless connection. I understand Vista drivers won't work with linux right now so I got the NetGear drivers I have used before to get it working in XP. I have the sys and inf files I need. I installed ndiswrapper. Can anyone tell me where to go from there? Remember I'm running the USB version with an overlay of 1GB. I am running it on a
SanDisk Micro Cruzer 8GB. Please help! Thanks in advance!
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