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I downloaded the drivers from Broadcom's website (http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php). I have a 64-bit processor and dowloaded the 64-bit tar. I think I installed it incorrectly because whenever I connect to the internet via wifi my computer freezes and has to be powered down. Should I untar it from the terminal? I mean I really have no idea. It could be something completely different. The only other thing I can think of is that I'm using Fedora 16 and there is some incompatibility in the driver, but I don't see why that would be an issue.
Can you provide some more information? What exactly did you do, I mean how did you install the driver? Where there any errors when executing those commands? If so, what were the errors? What's the output of:
How did I install the driver? Well I'm not really sure. I downloaded the tar and extracted the files to the desktop. The website says "NOTE: You must read the LICENSE.TXT file in the lib directory [the tar contains lib & src directories, and a makefile] before using this software." So I opened the file, but my computer said it was an executable. I executed it anyways, and when I went to look at my 'Network Connections', I could use the wireless tab. So I tried connecting to my home network, and it froze twice.
I attached a screenshot of the results. (Yes, I know I shouldn't always be working in the root)
yeah so initially what I did was to just doubleclick on the makefile. I guess it *technically* installed b/c it got the network manager to recognize the BCM4313. So I just went back, read the readme, and tried following directions. I attached two screenshots to show what codes I have run on the command line. After the first screenshot, I installed kernel-devel. My problem currently is when I try to make the makefile, it tells me a directory doesn't exist.
Distribution: fedora (redhat, slackware, suse in the past)
I got to the same place--it wouldn't compile. Not necessarily the same reason, but the same effect. (By the way, this is on an HP g6 and fedora 17).
So after I tried using the hybrid driver from broadcom, I tried using the built in driver (brcmsmac). Both failed. (Actually brcmsmac worked, but poorly and not with all routers.)
I ended up getting these rpms online (since I couldn't use yum), and going oldschool with 'rpm -ivh <all-three-files>'. Of course you need the fc16 versions, and maybe 32 bit....
I also had to add these lines to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Once I got that straight, I get a strong signal and fast connection.