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Re: Getting bcm4318 wifi card to work with Fedora 6 & 8



On Thursday 27 December 2007 05:29:21 am Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Dec 2007, Rick Bilonick wrote:
> > Several weeks ago I posted that my Broadcom bcm4318 mini pci wifi
> > card stopped working with Fedora 6 kernels after 2.6.20-1.2962.fc6
> > in a Dell Inspiron 2200. I had used ndiswrapper and the error
> > messages I was getting seemed to indicate that I needed new
> > firmware. Apparently, this was coming from the newer native bcm43xx
> > driver built into the newer kernels - not from ndiswrapper. No one
> > seemed to have any clue what was wrong. I inadvertently discovered
> > that the reason was that ndiswrapper needed the b43 driver
> > blacklisted (in addition to blacklisting the bcm43xx driver) for the
> > newer kernels. I found a mention of blacklisting the b43 driver in
> > someone's posting on the Internet.
> >
> > I discovered this when I temporarily switched a hard drive from a
> > different laptop (a Toshiba Satellite A15-S129) that had Fedora 8
> > installed without ndiswrapper. When I put the F8 drive in the Dell
> > with the 4318 mini pci wifi card, I still could not get the 4318 to
> > work with the native drivers (it seemed so close - but would ALWAYS
> > end up causing the system to freeze while networkmanager was trying
> > to connect). IMO, the native bcm43xx drivers just will not work with
> > the 4318 in the Dell Inspiron 2200 under F8. (Maybe someone has it
> > working and can prove me wrong.) Once I blacklisted the b43 and used
> > ndiswrapper with bcmwl5.inf, the 4318 worked under F8 (and it works
> > very well as it did before under F6, and blacklisting b43 under F6
> > also works with the newer F6 kernels). So at least I know when I
> > install F8 on the Dell's own hard drive I will be able to use the
> > 4318.
>
> well, now that i've beaten jigdo to within an inch of its life, maybe
> i should go back and "cookbook-ify" my wiki page on fedora and
> broadcom wireless:
>
> http://www.crashcourse.ca/wiki/index.php/Broadcom_wireless_on_Fedora
>
> i haven't looked at it in over a month, and it may be that things have
> improved since then.  unless there's already a decent HOWTO on that
> somewhere.  john?
>
> rday
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> Robert P. J. Day
> Linux Consulting, Training and Annoying Kernel Pedantry
> Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
>
> http://crashcourse.ca
> ========================================================================

Have you tried this method:  
http://fedoramobile.org/fc-wireless/bcm43xx-yum-extras
It worked flawlessly for me on a new HP with the  Broadcom Corporation 
BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 02). 
Peter


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