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    Dell Mini Wireless/Fedora 12 compatibility?


    Hi all, new to linux and unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) decided to jump in over my head rather than do the sensible thing and get all my ducks in a row to start. Having trouble getting Fedora to recognise or indeed acknowledge my wireless exists. I've tried searching around, but every solution I've found doesn't appear compatible once I actually try it. I don't have a wired connection I can use with this machine, so I'm transferring everything via flash drive.

    Here's my info:

    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub [8086:27ac] (rev 03)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27ae] (rev 03)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    Kernel modules: i915
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27a6] (rev 03)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller [8086:27d8] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:27d0] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:27d2] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:27d4] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:27c8] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:27c9] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:27ca] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:27cb] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:27cc] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b9] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt, intel-rng
    00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller [8086:27c4] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:27da] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel modules: i2c-i801
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:000c]
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:02f4]
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    Kernel modules: r8169
    --

    Module Size Used by
    vfat 8744 1
    fat 41836 1 vfat
    fuse 52712 2
    ip6t_REJECT 4620 2
    nf_conntrack_ipv6 17548 2
    ip6table_filter 3168 1
    ip6_tables 11144 1 ip6table_filter
    ipv6 239420 14 ip6t_REJECT,nf_conntrack_ipv6
    cpufreq_ondemand 6160 2
    acpi_cpufreq 8848 0
    dm_multipath 14472 0
    uinput 6852 0
    snd_hda_codec_realtek 199204 1
    snd_hda_intel 25080 2
    snd_hda_codec 60584 2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 6900 1 snd_hda_codec
    dell_laptop 4504 0
    snd_seq 46960 0
    snd_seq_device 6232 1 snd_seq
    rfkill 16220 1 dell_laptop
    dcdbas 8484 1 dell_laptop
    usb_storage 47028 1
    uvcvideo 51116 0
    snd_pcm 64772 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    videodev 30160 1 uvcvideo
    v4l1_compat 12312 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    joydev 9320 0
    iTCO_wdt 10432 0
    iTCO_vendor_support 2812 1 iTCO_wdt
    i2c_i801 10284 0
    snd_timer 17992 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    snd 50908 12 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec, snd_hwdep,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_timer
    soundcore 5672 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 7832 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    r8169 28252 0
    ssb 37072 0
    mii 4120 1 r8169
    i915 189860 3
    drm_kms_helper 22688 1 i915
    drm 134548 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit 4820 1 i915
    i2c_core 23120 5 videodev,i2c_i801,i915,drm,i2c_algo_bit
    video 19088 1 i915
    output 2468 1 video
    --

    platform microcode: firmware: requesting intel-ucode/06-1c-02
    platform microcode: firmware: requesting intel-ucode/06-1c-02
    --

    2.6.31.5-127.fc12.i686
    Thanks so much for any insight you can provide.

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    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:000c]
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb
    This is your wireless card. You need the broadcom wl driver.

    Enable the rpmfusion repo
    Code:
    su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm'
    Install the driver
    Code:
    su -c 'yum install broadcom-wl'

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    Is it possible to do this without having any internet connection at all? I've seen this solution before and can't get it to work. Trying just now I received the following:

    Code:
    Retrieving [redacted- I haven't made enough posts yet]
    curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host '[rpm download site]'
    error: skipping [redacted- I haven't made enough posts yet]
     Retrieving [redacted- I haven't made enough posts yet]
    curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host 'rpm download site'
    error: skipping [redacted- I haven't made enough posts yet]
    transfer failed

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    It is possible. You can download the package to a flash driver, transfer it over and install. I'm not sure in Fedora what all you need though.

    I think you just need the following three packages:
    broadcom-wl-5.10.91.9.3-1.fc12.noarch.rpm
    kmod-wl-2.6.31.5-127.fc12.i686-5.10.91.9.3-3.fc12.6.i586.rpm
    kmod-wl-5.10.91.9.3-3.fc12.6.i586.rpm

    All are available for download here:
    Index of /nonfree/fedora/releases/12/Everything/i386/os/

    Just to make it easy, make a sub-directory in your home directory called broadcom and put the files there. Either use your filemanager or do
    Code:
    mkdir ~/broadcom
    Then to install do
    Code:
    cd ~/broadcom
    su -c 'rpm -ivh *.rpm'
    Load the module (or reboot)
    Code:
    su -c '/sbin/modprobe wl'

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    This looks like it may have worked! I can't tell because there's no wireless here [Work = other machines to access internet on but no wireless, home opposite, sadly] but now it's showing 'wireless enabled' where before it didn't even have that option. Fingers crossed, anyway.

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    Okay. So it worked. Until I rebooted, at which point it no longer worked.

    Fortunately, my roommate's belkin wireless adapter *started* working so I was able to:

    yum -y install broadcom-wl kernel-PAE-devel kmod-wl
    akmods --akmod wl

    and then reboot and it was fine. Might this solve it? Or are things randomly not 'taking' after a reboot normal?

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    Hi everybody!

    I have the very same problem here, but when I try to install those packages I got this message

    broadcom-wl-5.10.91.9.3-1.fc12.noarch.rpm: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 signature: NOKEY, key ID a3a882c1
    error: Failed dependencies:
    kernel-uname-r = 2.6.31.5-127.fc12.i686 is needed by kmod-wl-2.6.31.5-127.fc12.i686-5.10.91.9.3-3.fc12.6.i586


    what does it mean/ what shoul I do?

    many thanks!

    Leo

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