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Old 10-01-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
theearthcanbemoved
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Broadcom wireless 1470 install


I'm a student at University of Texas in Arlington.
They offer a student copy of Red Hat Enterprise Client 5.2
I have recently installed it,
But I can't get my wifi card to work.
It's a Dell Latitude D610.
The wifi card is a Broadcom wireless 1470.

I'm really looking forward to switching to Linux.
I live 45 min away from school,
So I've set my self up so I can be mobile with my data.
I've been setting up my routines so all my data is on a USB stick or in my GMail account.
I don't run anything that is specific to Windows,
And have been slowly switching to the Open Source Community.
Firefox and Pidgin and the like.
I can't wait to make the switch in it's entirety.
Enabling my wifi is the only thing that is holding me back.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Jason
 
Old 10-01-2008, 12:21 PM   #2
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On second thought,
Maybe this thread belongs in Hardware.
Or Laptops and Handhelds.
Or Networking.
I'm not sure.
 
Old 10-01-2008, 12:54 PM   #3
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HaHHH

Quote:
Originally Posted by theearthcanbemoved View Post
On second thought,
Maybe this thread belongs in Hardware.
Or Laptops and Handhelds.
Or Networking.
I'm not sure.

Hi

What kind of linux distro are you using?
If you are using redhat flavor probably you can solve this using a 3rd party repository like livna or freshrpms.


Probably using madwifi will help
http://madwifi.org/users-guide/

I hope this info could point you into a direction.

Cya
 
Old 10-01-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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I'm running Red Hat Enterprise Client 5.2
Is that what you meant by distro and flavor?
 
Old 10-02-2008, 01:25 PM   #5
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I'm running Red Hat Enterprise Client 5.2
Is that what you meant by distro and flavor?
Yes sorry!
Before moving on, What have you tried so far?
 
Old 10-03-2008, 12:26 PM   #6
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I tried using the instructions on the MIT Linux page.
But my wifi card isn't on the list of included drivers.

I have downloaded and attempted to install what I believe is the rpm package for Red Hat 5 X86 32bit.
But it gave me errors

I also downloaded ndiswrapper,
but I have no idea how to install these things called binaries.

Yes,
I am very new.
 
Old 10-04-2008, 08:17 PM   #7
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Quote:
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I tried using the instructions on the MIT Linux page.
But my wifi card isn't on the list of included drivers.

I have downloaded and attempted to install what I believe is the rpm package for Red Hat 5 X86 32bit.
But it gave me errors

I also downloaded ndiswrapper,
but I have no idea how to install these things called binaries.

Yes,
I am very new.
Ok! no prob.

First of all you have to know that two versions of fedora becomes 1 RHEL version. For example, if you would like to install an RPM from fedora 6 into a RHEL, it would be RHEL 4. In your case if you would like to install rpms from fedora repositories you can use fedora 8 to make them work into RHEL 5.

I found a couple of howtos about ndiswrapper+fedora, please take a look.

http://fedoramobile.org/fc-wireless/ndis-yum-livna
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=29659


On the other hand, wich rpm you were trying to install and what was the output error?

Thanks
 
Old 10-05-2008, 03:18 PM   #8
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The RPM I tried to load was called
"madwifi - 0.9.2.1-2.elf.rf.i386
Mulitband Atheros Driver for Wireless Fidelity"

The error it gave me said
"Error resolving dependencies
Unable to resolve dependencies for some packages selected for instalation
Details:
Missing Dependency: dkms is needed by package madwifi
Missing Dependency: gcc is needed by package madwifi"

Does any of that mean anything to you?
 
Old 10-06-2008, 12:33 PM   #9
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Quote:
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The RPM I tried to load was called
"madwifi - 0.9.2.1-2.elf.rf.i386
Mulitband Atheros Driver for Wireless Fidelity"

The error it gave me said
"Error resolving dependencies
Unable to resolve dependencies for some packages selected for instalation
Details:
Missing Dependency: dkms is needed by package madwifi
Missing Dependency: gcc is needed by package madwifi"

Does any of that mean anything to you?
Yep! it means you need to install dkms and gcc rpms before installing madwifi.
Try to use yum like this: "yum install dkms gcc".

Probably it will work for gcc but not for dkms. If it installs gcc but not dkms you will have to download dkms separetly try this webpage "rpmfind.net".

also you can figure out if you have one rpm installed by using this command "rpm -qa | grep dkms" (replace dkms for any other rpm you want to search in the installed rpms database).

Where did you get the madwifi rpm in the first place?

I hope this helps.
 
  


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