Just received a Toshiba L650 laptop, and installed F13 x86-64 on a disk partition using install DVD. The wired ethernet on this is Atheros AR8152, and the Wireless is Broadcomm 4313. Both these devices are not supported by default.
So, as per instructions on the Linux Wireless site, and some guidance on this forum, have downloaded the Broadcomm driver tar on another machine, copied it onto the Toshiba laptop using a USB device, and then extracted, and ran the b43-fwcutter -w.
The subdirectory /lib/firmware/b43 is created and has approx 3 dozen files. However, the Broadcomm driver is not showing up as an option in the Network Manager (system-config-network) or in the lsmod command output.
I tried to manually add it by doing modprobe b43 command - it then begins to appear in the lsmod, but the option to add the Broadcomm wireless driver during a "New wireless Hardware" is not appearing still. I think, at an abstract level, I need to somehow "tell" the system to add the Broadcomm driver - am just not sure how to do so :-)
On the other hand, the Atheros AR8152 has no driver as of now, so the wired Ethernet is also not connecting.
Could somebody guide me how I can download all the required files on a different machine, and then install it on the Toshiba laptop? I need to request you to give fairly detailed instructions - am a user, not Linux scientist (not as of now !!!).
Any advice I remain sincerely grateful for.
P.S. : The outputs of the commands are reproduced below :
uname - r
03:00.0 Network Controller : Broadcomm Corporation BCM 4313 802.11 b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet Controller : Atheros Communications AR8152 v1.1 Fast Ethernet
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Further to above, as per guidance in the forum somewhere, I downloaded the following three files :
Then transported them to Toshiba on a USB drive, and then executed rpm -ivh *.rpm.
Encountered no problem, but Broadcomm wireless option still not available.
There must be a step i am missing ... Please advice.