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Old 12-14-2007, 10:18 AM   #1
p_kulsirimongkol
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Dell wireless card


I have FedoraCore 8 on my Dell laptop and need to install a wireless card, Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI. I have followed the step of intalling "ndiswrapper" and then install the wireless card driver for windows. However, the FC 8 know my card as Ethernet card instead of wireless. ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/joomla/index.php?/component/option,com_openwiki/Itemid,33/id,installation/[/url]

above link is the step that I followed.


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Old 12-14-2007, 01:07 PM   #2
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So, what exactly was the problem? Did you issue the modprobe ndiswrapper after you installed? Post the error at least.
 
Old 12-15-2007, 12:29 AM   #3
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[root@localhost ~]# /sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper
[root@localhost ~]#

Nothing happens.

When I go to Network Configuration Interface and On Hardware tab
I show you what I got

Description Type Device
Broadcom Corperation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX Ethernet eth0
Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI Ethernet eth1
nduswrapper Wireless wlan0

I think that on the Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI, the type is supposed to be Wireless, but it's not.
 
Old 12-16-2007, 01:09 AM   #4
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Well, nothing should happen, which means the module loaded correctly. Try entering:
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ndiswrapper -l
And it should say something along the lines of "Driver loaded ......" If it doesn't that means you didn't install the driver so you need to navigate to the directory with the driver and
Code:
ndiswrapper -i <driver name>.inf
Also, check the output of
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iwconfig
It normally displays the card as wlan0.
 
Old 12-16-2007, 06:44 PM   #5
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not sure what you mean about linux knows your card as ethernet instead of wireless unless you mean it names it 'eth1'. you can change this in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules. also, as you are using ndiswrapper instead of a 'driver', you need to blacklist your card in the blacklist file so it is not loaded at boot. you also need to create an alias for ndiswrapper. another thing, i have the 3945abg card in my dell and after installing fc8, iwl3945 works out of the box with the exception of editing my ifcfg-wlan0 file. not sure if there's anything suitable for your g card though. ndiswrapper's works just as well, if not better. however, it does a little configuring.
 
Old 02-02-2008, 12:12 PM   #6
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My Dell D630 has also Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI in it.
After FC8 installation, it seems only the wired ethernet was functioning fine.
I tried to update then the FC8 via internet using Software Updater [Applications->System Tools->Software Updater]
After a successful updates, I noticed that @ Network Configuration below the Hardware tab, Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI and b43 was added both Wireless as the TYPE and both have wlan0 value under Device tabs. At this point only the Wired Ethernet is showing at the Devices tab.

When I tried to issue the command iwlist scan, i got an error message below:
[root@xFC8 ~]# iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.
eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
virbr0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

and so I go back to Network Configuration Window and while in the Devices tab, I selected NEW-->Wireless Connection-->Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI(wlan0)--> and continue until the end of the wizard.
wlan0 was successfully added as seen under the Devices tab of the Network Configuration window although its status was still inactive. And so I tried to hit Activate button while this device was selected/highlighted.
I got the error below when I finally click OK.

SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
Determining IP information for wlan0... failed.


Please help!

Last edited by rocknolds; 02-02-2008 at 12:15 PM.
 
Old 02-03-2008, 06:59 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rocknolds View Post
My Dell D630 has also Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI in it.
After FC8 installation, it seems only the wired ethernet was functioning fine.
I tried to update then the FC8 via internet using Software Updater [Applications->System Tools->Software Updater]
After a successful updates, I noticed that @ Network Configuration below the Hardware tab, Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI and b43 was added both Wireless as the TYPE and both have wlan0 value under Device tabs. At this point only the Wired Ethernet is showing at the Devices tab.

When I tried to issue the command iwlist scan, i got an error message below:
[root@xFC8 ~]# iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.
eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
virbr0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

and so I go back to Network Configuration Window and while in the Devices tab, I selected NEW-->Wireless Connection-->Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI(wlan0)--> and continue until the end of the wizard.
wlan0 was successfully added as seen under the Devices tab of the Network Configuration window although its status was still inactive. And so I tried to hit Activate button while this device was selected/highlighted.
I got the error below when I finally click OK.

SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
Determining IP information for wlan0... failed.


Please help!
you need to install the driver for your wireless card. the bcm43xx-fwcutter/b43-fwcutter rpm that is installed is what you use to cut the firmware from the .sys file. once you have the b43 or bcm43xx, you would use modprobe to load the driver. that's it. or you could use svn to checkout the files, make, make install, then modprobe. you have to do this each time you update the kernel. you'll also need to create an alias in /etc/modprobe.conf. i.e. alias wlan0 b43. or whatever it is for your specific card. actually, it looks like b43 is already in fc8. did you load the module? do this,

#/sbin/lsmod | grep b43

if it doesn't show up, do,

#/sbin/modinfo b43

if it's there and loaded, and if you're using dhcp, kill dhclient, delete /var/lib/dhclient/dhclient-*.leases and make sure you don't have a gateway in /etc/sysconfig/network. then edit your ifcfg-wlan0 file with your dhcp or static ip info. after that do,

#/sbin/ifup wlan0

if you're doing static, make sure you don't have a gateway in both /etc/sysconfig/network and ifcfg-wlan0. this will work on unencrypted networks. for encrypted (wpa*) you'll need wpa_supplicant or that crappy networkmanager gui.
 
Old 02-04-2008, 05:51 AM   #8
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Thanks szandor.

This has been resolved now!

I just follow to install the driver for wireless card and the bcm43xx-fwcutter/b43-fwcutter rpm.
 
  


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