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Old 05-22-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
dragoncoder
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Configure broadcom wireless on fedora core 5


Hi all,

I have got a Dell Inspiron E1405 laptop with Broadcom wireless card. I have installed Fedora core 5 on that which is running fine. I still have some issues in this and I hope to get them answered on this forum of experts.

1. The good news is I have been successfully able to configure my wireless network card in the box using ndiswrapper and the Windows XP driver. I have edited the /etc/modules.conf file and added "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" in that. I have also created an init script and put it in /etc/rc.d/init.d. In the network configuration, I have checked the box "automatically startup on boot" for my wireless device as I want to bring my wlan0 interface up as soon as the system boots. There is one little problem I am facing though. When the computer boots, it tries to acquire the IP address using dhcp but fails, saying there is no link present. Then it starts my init script successfully which sets up the parameters (essid and the encrypted key). When I login and start the network configuration application, it shows the wlan0 interface as inactive and when I try to activate the interface, it gets the IP successfully. Any idea why it fails during boot time and starts successfully when I try to do that manually.

2. It detects my sound card but when I play the test sound, I am not able to hear anything even at the maximum volume. Any ideas ?

3. The screen resolution is currently set to 1024 x 768, but I want to set it to 1280 x 1024, but the maximum resolution option I see is 1024 x 768. Any idea as to how to get this fixed.

Thanks.
 
Old 05-22-2006, 04:38 PM   #2
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3. The screen resolution is currently set to 1024 x 768, but I want to set it to 1280 x 1024, but the maximum resolution option I see is 1024 x 768. Any idea as to how to get this fixed.
What is the graphics card?
Do you have the driver for it?
Have you installed it?

Last edited by allelopath; 05-22-2006 at 04:40 PM.
 
Old 05-22-2006, 08:27 PM   #3
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The graphics card I have is Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset family and it is automatically detected by fedora. Also I can see this driver installed while running system-config-display.

Actually in windows I am running a display of 1280 x 800 which looks pretty fine. I tried to change the resolution to 1280 x 800, but no difference, X server starts with the same 1024 x 768 resolution.

I think my monitor is a widescreen display monitor but in windows the driver installed I see is a Plug and play one.
 
Old 05-23-2006, 11:37 AM   #4
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Since you know the display is capable of 1280x800 and the card is also capable of 1280x800 in windoze, I think we can fault the linux driver of the card. The only thing i can think of to do is to find an updated driver. Here is a search:
http://www.altavista.com/web/results...ux&kgs=1&kls=0

Here is Intel:
http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scri...ProductID=2301
 
Old 05-23-2006, 11:45 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by dragoncoder
1. The good news is I have been successfully able to configure my wireless network card in the box using ndiswrapper and the Windows XP driver. I have edited the /etc/modules.conf file and added "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" in that. I have also created an init script and put it in /etc/rc.d/init.d. In the network configuration, I have checked the box "automatically startup on boot" for my wireless device as I want to bring my wlan0 interface up as soon as the system boots. There is one little problem I am facing though. When the computer boots, it tries to acquire the IP address using dhcp but fails, saying there is no link present. Then it starts my init script successfully which sets up the parameters (essid and the encrypted key). When I login and start the network configuration application, it shows the wlan0 interface as inactive and when I try to activate the interface, it gets the IP successfully. Any idea why it fails during boot time and starts successfully when I try to do that manually.
I know this is not the "real" answer, but I had the same problem and was able to fix it. Instead of trying to initialize your wireless card at boot, I moved all the necessary commands into a different script that was executed as you logged into your desktop environment. This seemed to fix the problem for me. Like I said, this is not the real answer, but it seems to work temporarily.

~Justin

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2. It detects my sound card but when I play the test sound, I am not able to hear anything even at the maximum volume. Any ideas ?
FC4 did the same thing for me. I acted like it recognized the card, but I couldn't hear the sound. I think it has incorrectly guessed your hardware/config. You may need to modify the setup manually because I didn't have any luck using any of the KDE or Gnome tools.

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3. The screen resolution is currently set to 1024 x 768, but I want to set it to 1280 x 1024, but the maximum resolution option I see is 1024 x 768. Any idea as to how to get this fixed.
If you are sure you have the correct driver selected, then you may want to try to force the resolution you want by editing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. There is a section that looks something like this:
Code:
Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "Generic Video Card"
        Monitor         "Generic Monitor"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           1
                Modes           "800x600" "640x480"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           4
                Modes           "800x600" "640x480"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           8
                Modes           "800x600" "640x480"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           24
                Modes           "1024x768"
        EndSubSection
In this example, if I wanted to use a 1280x800 resolution, I would just add it to the Modes line corresponding to the Default Depth, which in this case is 24. So the line would now look like this:
Code:
Modes         "1280x800" "1024x768"
It will try the first Mode for the default depth, and if that doesn't work it will try the second one, and so on.

Last edited by jeelliso; 05-23-2006 at 11:57 AM.
 
Old 07-10-2006, 10:27 PM   #6
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Sound and Wireless

I used yum to update everything and with the new kernel the sound card works automatically.
I haven't got the wireless working yet though. I read above but I don't know what a init script is or how to put it in /etc/rc.d/init.d
Any help?
 
Old 07-10-2006, 11:21 PM   #7
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Laptop freezing after video driver update

I just followed that link to intel for the video driver and after install I can't get past the login screen. There were 2 drivers to d/l and I'm afraid I picked the wrong one. I have FC5 with the newest Kernel and I got the Suse* Linux* 9.x. Should I have got the Linux* one? Is there any way to reset to the old video driver? Can I install the new driver if I d/l it from my XP desktop?
I have a Dell Inspiron e1405 with Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950GM
 
Old 07-14-2006, 12:05 AM   #8
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Hi all,

I have tried a lot of things to fix the 1280 x 800 resolution issue. I also tried to run 915resolution but no luck so far.

To be precise, fedora has identified the hardware as the correct one. This is from /var/log/Xorg.0.log

(--) PCI:*(0:2:0) Intel Corporation Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller rev 3, Mem @ 0xdff00000/19, 0xc0000000/28, 0xdfec0000/18, I/O @ 0xeff8/3
(--) PCI: (0:2:1) Intel Corporation Mobile Integrated Graphics Controller rev 3, Mem @ 0xdff80000/19

and after a while, it gives me this in the same file

(II) VESA(0): initializing int10
(WW) VESA(0): Bad V_BIOS checksum
(II) VESA(0): Primary V_BIOS segment is: 0xc000
(II) VESA(0): VESA BIOS detected
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Version 3.0
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Total Mem: 7872 kB
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM: Intel(r) 82945GM Chipset Family Graphics Chip Accelerated VGA BIOS
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Software Rev: 1.0
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Vendor: Intel Corporation
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Product: Intel(r) 82945GM Chipset Family Graphics Controller

(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Product Rev: Hardware Version 0.0
(**) VESA(0): Depth 16, (--) framebuffer bpp 16
(==) VESA(0): RGB weight 565
(==) VESA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(==) VESA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)

So, it seems to me that it is using the generic vesa driver for my hardware and that seems to be the cause of it.

I downloaded the driver from the intel site but the installation seems to be very complicated. Also, I don't want to screw my current system, so scared to try it. But if you experts feel this should solve the issue and give an easy way to install the driver, I will give it a try.

Please help.
 
  


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