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Old 24th June 2008, 01:50 PM
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HOWTO enable wireless Broadcom 4328 on PRECISION M6300 with Fedora 8

Credit goes to Ubuntu Community

Step 1: Install NDISWrapper and Blacklist Native Driver
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[Command Prompt]$ echo 'blacklist bcm43xx' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
[Command Prompt]$ mkdir ~/bcm43xx
[Command Prompt]$ cd ~/bcm43xx

Step 2: Download and Extract Drivers
In order to identify your device's chipset, run as root lspci -n | grep '14e4:43'. In Fedora 8, lspci shows "Broadcom Corporation BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)" Windows Vista reports the device as "bcm4321AG.

R151517 Driver Download/Extraction:

[bcm43xx]$ wget http://myspamb8.googlepages.com/R151517-pruned.zip
[bcm43xx]$ unzip R151517-pruned.zip

Step 3: Configure NDISWrapper (and WPA Supplicant) (run as root)
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[bcm43xx]$ sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
[bcm43xx]$ ndiswrapper -l
[bcm43xx]$ sudo depmod -a
[bcm43xx]$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
[bcm43xx]$ touch /etc/network/interfaces
[bcm43xx]$ echo -e 'auto lo\niface lo inet loopback\n' | sudo tee /etc/network/interfaces
[bcm43xx]$ sudo ndiswrapper -m
[bcm43xx]$ touch /etc/modules
[bcm43xx]$ echo 'ndiswrapper' | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
[bcm43xx]$ echo 'ENABLED=0' | sudo tee -a /etc/default/wpasupplicant

Step 4: Test the configuration
Run as root: lshw -C network
if the result is "module=ssb" instead of "module=ndiswrapper" run from root command prompt:
sudo rmmod b43
sudo rmmod b44
sudo rmmod b43legacy
sudo rmmod ssb
sudo rmmod ndiswrapper
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
sudo modprobe ssb
sudo modprobe b44

by now lshw -C network will display "module=ndiswrapper"

Step 5: Automate step 4
from root prompt run the command:
echo -e '#Hardy ssb/ndiswrapper workaround, added' `date` '\ninstall ndiswrapper modprobe -r b43 b44 b43legacy ssb; modprobe --ignore-install ndiswrapper $CMDLINE_OPTS; modprobe ssb; modprobe b44;' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper

You can see the changes made to /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper
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Old 5th October 2008, 07:11 PM
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will this work with Fedora 9 and a macbook. My wireless driver is bcm 4328?
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