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I just made my switch from the Dark Side to Linux. I bought a laptop from Lenovo (Lenovo S10 IdeaPad) and installed Fedora 10 on it. Everything went fine, however, I cant get any network devices to function. I have tried numerous things and still cant get them to work. Can anybody give me a hand to help me connect to the world?
The output I get when I run the iwconfig program as root is:
lo no wireless extentions.
eth0 no wireless extentions.
pan0 no wireless extentions.
The output I get when I run the ifconfig program as root is:
lo Link encap: Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask: 255.0.0.0
inte6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOKBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX Packets:120 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX Packets:120 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
RX bytes:10120 (9.8 KiB) TX bytes:1020 (9.8 KiB)
Thanks for your comments. I would appreciate further help.
Originally Posted by alan_ri
Post the output of iwconfig and ifconfig -a as root.
The ethernet should be working - at the end of the BCM5906M section of the lspci output, you have:
Kernel driver in use: tg3
Kernel modules: tg3
So, it detected the hardware and loaded the module. I think you're close. We didn't get the full output of ifconfig, you want to do the following and show us the response (and please put the code tags around the text):
Also, please check if the driver has an alias set up:
and look for tg3 in the list. If there is something like:
alias eth0 tg3
you can try to start the adapter as follows:
The BCM4312 wireless is widely reported to work with ndiswrapper.
Well, I think i got the eth0 up and running. I had to edit file ifcfg-eth0.
this file is in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts
ifcfg-eth0 had the following settings:
ONBOOT=yes (it was set to no, which I changed to yes)
USERCTL=yes (it was set to no, which I changed to yes)
NM_CONTROLLED=yes (it was set to no, which I changed to yes)
As far as the wireless goes. It seems that fedora doesnt recognize that there is a wireless onboard.
However, ifcfg-eth1 has the following:
when I run the setup program => [root@localhost /]# setup
Edit a device params
I see no Broadcom wireless device. It only displays:
eth0 (eth0) - Broadcom Corporation Netlink BCM5906M Fast Ethernet PCI Express
pan0 (pan0) - Ethernet
No wireless devices recognized. I get the option to add a new device. Im thinking now that Im going to need to download and install the drivers to the Braodcom wireless device and that should do it.
Maybe that would work,but remove l from downloadl in that link.You can have a look here for the driver also and look into readme file.
That driver from Lenovo is for Windows only,you can't use it directly in Linux.
Last edited by alan_ri; 01-20-2009 at 01:23 PM.
Reason: adding info
Fedora will have automatically loaded the b43 driver for your hardware. You only need to provide a copy of the (patent protected) firmware to the system for the driver to work. (Fedora can't include the firmware because, by policy, the will not include anything that's has any legal encumbrance in their distribution.)
To install the firmware you need to run (as root) the program b43-fwcutter. See man b43-fwcutter for details.
Do not install the old ndiswrapper program. It will conflict with the b43 driver you already have, and prevent both of them from working.