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Hi i am new at FC6 and linux. I am trying to get my wireless card to run it is a BCM4306 i am also running a 2.6.20-1.2948.fc6 kernel. i have a minPCI card. i am afraid that if i install the wrong thing it will be mess up forever and i will have to start over. if it is not a big deal i would realy like a step by step answer ty.
good news! the bcm43xx kernel driver supports your card! we should be able to get it working relatively easily. don't worry, we won't screw up your system! :-D
1) Lets see if the kernel is using the correct wireless driver
Open a terminal and type:
enter the root password
lsmod | grep bcm43xx
let's get that out of the way before we go any further, ok? :-D
yes, that is correct. I'm sorry, I gave you some bad instructions. looks like you figured it out though! Lets check the installation to make sure its working:
and just post that. That'll tell me the name of your wireless card and if the driver is working. Then we can go about setting it up.
Once again, sorry about the confusing instructions earlier... sometimes I just don't think straight!
dear God I am really losing it. I was giving you the option you'd use if you were using a different command. do
I think the gods of linux are not happy with me: I've been posting from a windows box, because I wasn't near mine at the time. Normally I always check the commands I tell people to issue.... I've got my box back now though. If you're willing to try again, I'll not do something that stupid again!
great! the whole eth1 bit means that your thing should be set up properly. Now, we have one of two routes to take:
1) the GUI way, which I don't know a ton about :-(
2) the CLI way, which is distribution-agnostic.
So, lets see if we can get the Command Line Interface way working, and in the meantime I'll download fc6, and see if I can't fix it so you don't have to mess with the command line to get connected.
1) now that we suspect everything is working fine, lets see if we can connect
first, make sure you are close to a wireless access point, and that if you need to push a switch or something to enable wireless, that you have done that.
iwlist eth1 scan
if a) you are in range of a network and
b) your card is set up properly
then we should see something like this
[root@localhost ~]# iwlist eth1 scan
eth1 Interface doesn't support scanning : No such device
i am 3 feet from my rouder (wireless is on) but i am conected with my lan card now.
i dont get it in my admin settings i can go to network and it sees the wifi card but is says Determining IP information for eth1... failed; no link present. Check cable?
Last edited by killer90562; 05-03-2007 at 08:47 PM.
I don't feel like screwing around with the bcm43xx driver. Its still under development and all. So, lets resort to the other ugly hack the we broadcom owners resort to: ndiswrapper. I wanted to try bcm43xx cause it was supposed to work, but oh well.
Here we go.
1) just to make sure we're doing everything right, post the output of
2) we need to install the application ndiswrapper
2a) check if its installed already. do
if it returns output, then skip to step 3
yum install ndiswrapper
2c) if 2b fails, download the rpm for ndiswrapper from here. put it in /home/YOURusername,notROOT/
2c1) rpm --install /home/placeYOUputRPM/*.rpm
3) We'll do three when you post the output of lspci -v
:-D Never fear, we WILL get this!!
PS it took me like 2 months to get my first wireless connection up and running. not that it will take that long :-D , just saying that it doesn't always work as planned.