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Old 07-22-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Fedora 11 Support for Broadcom Wireless Card BCM94309MP

Hello all,

I am currently downloading Fedora 11 for my dell d600 laptop.

I am curious to know if this version supports the broadcom wireless card BCM94309MP out of the box
do I need to use ndiswrapper to get this working? If so? does anyone know where there is good clear step by step documentation that I can use as guidelines?
Old 07-23-2009, 07:03 AM   #2
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While I haven't tried a Dell 600, I have tried a very recent Dell (1501??) and a year old HP laptop that both have re-branded Broadcom cards. In both instances after installing Fedora 11, I added the fusion-nonfree repository's to my yum configuration and then installed package broadcom-wl. After a reboot I had perfectly working WIFI including NetworkManager showing access points and so on. I didn't need to blacklist anything, I didn't need to use any additional configuration.
Old 07-23-2009, 08:28 AM   #3
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Thanks zQUEz,

After installing Fedora 11 I noticed that it recognized my broadcom wireless card but it doesn't seem to be functioning.

While I can configure it through network manager, it doesn't seem to be able to find any wireless networks. Even if I manually specify my network it still doesn't seem to be able to connect. It just shows a "device not ready" type of error.

I guess I will look into your option of using the none free repository and see if I have any better luck.
Old 07-23-2009, 08:47 AM   #4
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After reviewing the messages log I found the following message:

Jul 23 00:01:01 baggins kernel: b43legacy-phy0 ERROR: You must go to and download the correct firmware (version 3).

Once I installed the right firmware ( and rebooted, my wireless card started working.

iwlist wlan1 scan yields:
Cell 02 - Address: 00:04:5A:F9:B9:0E
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality=76/100 Signal level:-49 dBm Noise level=-68 dBm
Encryption keyn
IE: Unknown: 00056C6F6D6163
IE: Unknown: 010482840B16
IE: Unknown: 030106
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
Extra: Last beacon: 248ms ago
Old 07-29-2009, 06:39 PM   #5
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you can use dmesg and find if the card is detected or not and set the modem to it
for example detected at /dev/tty0 or so...


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