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Old 01-24-2007, 07:35 AM   #1
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Installing broadcom wireless card on Fedora


long time no post from me, hope everyone is well.

a friend asked me to install fedora on their ancient p3 box which has gone well but I'm having trouble connecting the thing to the net. unfortunately there is no ethernet card so I cant plug it in directly but there is a wireless card, i'm hoping that you can give me some advice on where to find the drivers for a broadcom wireless g desktop network card.

the output from /sbin/lspci is:

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C693A/694x [Apollo PRO133x] (rev c4)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C598/694x [Apollo MVP3/Pro133x AGP]
00:07.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super South] (rev 40)
00:07.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:07.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 16)
00:07.3 USB Controller: VIA Tecnologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 16)
00:07.4 SMBus: VIA Technologies,l Inc. VT82C686 [Apollo Super ACPI] (rev 40)
00:0c.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq 5880 AudioPCI (rev 03)
00:0f.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatable controller: nVidia Corporation NV5M64 [RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro] (rev 15)

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I hope that is all the information you need... if not i will do my best to post anything you need.

many thanks
Old 01-24-2007, 11:17 AM   #2
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A quick google search suggests that this card is not natively supported by linux (yet).
But it may work if you use ndiswrapper and the windows driver.
If I were you I'd go and get a cheap PCI / ISA Ethernet card - they are as little as 6 now, and connect with ethernet cable.
Otherwise, try this link (which has lots more links for you):
Old 01-24-2007, 02:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply tredegar. I had a feeling it was one of those that wasn't supported but wasn't sure if anyone here knew different. I have handed the box back to my friend now but will pass on the ethernet card idea (i'll probably have to go round and install it though....) thanks again


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