Fedora 7 Having issues with Broadcom wireless & Audio on Compaq V3424AU
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I formatted and installed the system with XP, and Fedora 7. However, much to my disappointment, the system's wireless ethernet card (Broadcom) does not work in linux. I went to the network configuration, and there I did find a series of recognized wifi cards, but none matched mine.
Can anyone tell me how to go about the problem?
Also, this laptop has a high definition audio card (Connexant), and though the audio system is correctly recognized by the system, there is no sound at all.
However, the wireless problem is more important since surfing the net from within linux will allow me to google for solutions and try them on the fly; which I otherwise have to do by googling in windows and then trying out the solution in linux.
Well according to the specs on the link you gave us, the laptop has no wireless card, but I am going to guess if it actually has one it is a broadcom 43xx series card, you can confirm this by running lspci, and you should see it in there. If it is a 43xx series card then use ndiswrapper with the windows driver, or if using a kernel that is >=2.6.20 then use the bcm43xx driver.
As for the sound try downloading alsa 1.0.14 source from the alsa project page and compiling it. I have an hp dv9000z with nvidia HDA (connexant) and this solved my sound issue.
Last edited by scheidel21; 08-31-2007 at 02:21 PM.
Reason: Add sound information
Thank you so much for the reply scheidel21. My laptop does have a wireless card and it's a BCMWL5 card. I got the .inf file and successfully used ndiswrapper to install it. Now, once the driver has been installed, I don't know what more to do. I've gone through forums, but with no help.
I try setting up a new network connection using Fedora's networking utility. I get the option of choosing what kind of a connection it is, and hence, I select wireless. There, I'm asked to choose my card from a drop down list that has many names of preinstalled cards, or cards that Fedora 7 recognizes. But nothing about the BCLWL5. Not even 43xx.
I'm pretty confused as to how to proceed in this situation. Can you please help?
Last edited by ashesh0326; 09-03-2007 at 02:38 AM.
Run lsmod after booting the machine in linux, make sure that the bcm43xx driver IS NOT loaded in the list and that the ndiswrapper module IS loaded, after doing that if bcm43xx is loaded unload it with rmmod then blacklist the bcm43xx module (exact CLI command for FC7 may need to be looked up) then if ndiswrapper is not loaded do modprobe ndiswrapper. Once ndiswrapper is loaded check ifconfig you should see wlan0 or something similar. I am not sure of the exact differences between FC and Debian but maybe this might help http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=581161 the section on ndiswrapper and wpa_supplicant at least. I know it means no FC network manager, but if it works that's a good thing. good luck I'll try to help you more if I can.
As we can see, there are a couple of places where we see something similar: bcm43xx_mac80211, and this has got me confused. Should I unload this one as well? Also, I cannot see any bcmwl5 anywhere, and thats the one that should be present right?
I haven't removed that as I was not sure. I'll also like you to look into this:
unloading the bcm43xx module should get rid of all the bcm43xx related stuff so start with performing
Now blacklist the bcm43xx module, I think the code is
Next you need to obtain the bcm5wl.inf from a windows driver installer. Go to the manufacturers website for your computer and download the windows installer for the wireless card drivers. get cabextract from your distros repository and install it then extract the windows installer. i.e. cabextract broadcomdriverinstaller.exe now in directory which this was extracted to you need to locate the .inf file after doing this add it to ndiswrapper.
#ndiswrapper -i /path/to/bcm5wl.inf
then verfify that ndiswrapper has the driver file
If that all checks out and ndiswrapper had given you no errors then do
#depmod -a ndiswrapper
after running lsmod you should see something similar to this
now you should see if you need to add anything to your ifconfig, for instance I had to add a wlan0 entry to my /etc/network/interfaces file to make sure wlan0 loaded at every boot. My entry looks like this.
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
I do not use FC so I cannot get into your distros specifics. But this should get your wireless working. Obviously to configure the wireless you need iwconfig or something like wpa_supplicant
Last edited by scheidel21; 09-09-2007 at 01:26 AM.
Reason: edit config path
I got the same configuration as you(i.e., compaq V3424AU). I have successfully installed XP and was somehow able to find the drivers for the graphics. But I am unable to find drivers for the audio and the ethernet LAN. Can you please help with the URLs you have used for installing the audio, the modem and the LAN