[conspire] Fedora 12 wireless hell

Ehud Kaldor ehud.kaldor at gmail.com
Mon Apr 26 21:17:50 PDT 2010

as i mentioned, i found the driver buried in the Broadcom, in the basement
of the planning office, where both the lights and stairs had been removed,
in an old
filing cabinet locked in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying
“Beware of the Leopard.” here:
the readme includes detailed instructions on how to install, which i
summarized in the following script:

#broadcom wireless driver
yum install -y gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers wget #needed to build
mkdir broadcom
cd broadcom
tar xvf hybrid-portsrc-x86_32-v5.60.48.36.tar.gz
make clean
rmmod b43
rmmod ssb
rmmod wl
echo "blacklist ssb" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
echo "blacklist b43" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
modprobe lib80211
modprobe ieee80211_crypt_tkip
insmod wl.ko
cp wl.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
depmod -a
echo modeprobe wl >> /etc/rc.local
cd ..
rm -rf broadcom
rm -f hybrid-portsrc-x86_32-v5.60.48.36.tar.gz

worked for me (unfortunately, more than once). half my kingdom for whoever
writes a default package that includes low-level driver for the major arch's
of wireless out there.


On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 5:53 PM, Tony Godshall <tony at of.net> wrote:

> ...
> [Rick wrote]
> > And, you know what?  I'm betting that your sole problem is not having
> > that firmware image, so you may now be in luck.
> ...
> [my 2c]
> If the system identifies the right driver but there's no firmware for
> it, dmesg should show you a message to that effect.  It did when I had
> to configure "the dreaded b43".
> # dmesg|egrep -i 'firmware|b43'
> Tony
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