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Old 10-11-2007, 03:10 AM   #1
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Question Broadcom bcm4318 fedora 6 wireless

The stuff in parenthesis shows how to configure bcm4318. I could not find a thread for fedora 6 so I figured I would start one, hoping this would be helpful for users of the broadcom bcm4318 wifi. When I deactivate the wireless, I have to manually reactivate it to get it working again, and was wondering if anyone had a solution? Could you make it so that when you turn it back on it automatically detects an ip address? Right now, I have an icon on my desktop for reactivating the wireless. It simply says (in properties) [Launcher]ifup wlan0. I can map the sound keys using the keyboard shortcuts program, but why can't I map this button to ifup wlan0?
(I used ndiswrapper with the gnome desktop (fedora 6 Compaq Presario V2000)
1.)Install ndiswrapper [root@fedora]# yum install ndiswrapper.
2.)Make sure that you have the latest kernel ( and BCM4318 drivers -step 8-. (You might be able to skip this step.)
3.)Make sure your system is completely Up-To-Date with "Software Updater". (You might be able to skip this step.)
4.)Remove the old entry from "Network Configuration" to prevent conflicts.
5.)Add "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper" (without quotes) to /etc/modprobe.conf.
6.)Add "blacklist bcm43xx" (without quotes) to end of /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.
7.)Add "blacklist bcm43xx_mac80211" (without quotes, this should make it work with the latest kernel, because that is what I had to do after updating to it. You might be able to skip this step.) to end of /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.
8.)Download the driver and save it somewhere (like in a folder on the desktop)
9.)Do from terminal ndiswrapper -i path to inf file (example:[root@fedora]# ndiswrapper -i /root/desktop/bcm4318/80211g/bcmwl5.inf).
11.optional)In "Network Configuration" You should have under devices: [device] wlan0 [nickname] wlan0 [type] wireless, under hardware: [description] Broadcom Corporation [type] Ethernet [Device] wlan0 [status] ok. Under "Network Configuration" Click edit. Check the box that says activate device when computer starts. click ok. When you reboot again, The wireless should start automatically.)
I believe that is all the steps I took to make it work. If I missed a step or something, correct me please.

BCM4318 Driver List:
AegisE2.dll bcmwl5a.inf bcmwlntp.sys layout.bin setup.inx
AegisE5.dll bcmwl5.inf bcmwltry.exe mdc.jpg Setup.iss
AegisI2.exe bcmwl5.sys bcmwlu00.exe MFC42.DLL Version.txt
AegisI5.exe bcmwlcpl.cpl MFC42U.DLL vssver.scc
bcm42rly.vxd bcmwld2k.exe data1.hdr MSVCP60.DLL wltray.exe BCMWLD9X.EXE MSVCRT.DLL wltrynt.dll bcmwlhlp.chm ikernel.ex_ ReleaseNotes.html wltrysvc.exe
BCMLogo.gif bcmwlhom.exe is.exe setup.exe
BCMLogon.dll bcmwlhom.ini launcher.ini Setup.ini

Useful Info:

My Modprobe.conf:
alias eth0 8139too
alias wlan0 ndiswrapper
alias snd-card-0 snd-intel8x0
options snd-card-0 index=0
options snd-intel8x0 index=0
remove snd-intel8x0 { /usr/sbin/alsactl store 0 >/dev/null 2>&1 || : ; }; /sbin/modprobe -r --ignore-remove snd-intel8x0

My Blacklist (other drivers were in there, but I didn't want to make this too long):
blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist bcm43xx_mac80211

My Terminal Output After Installing bcmwl5 driver:
(ndiswrapper -l)
[root@fedora 80211g]# ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 : driver installed
device (14E4:4318) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx-mac80211)
Someone please try this and tell me if it worked (by voting this has been up since 2007 please)

Last edited by; 03-12-2008 at 07:32 PM. Reason: please vote
Old 10-11-2007, 06:40 AM   #2
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My Blacklist (other drivers were in there, but I didn't want to make this too long):
blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist bcm43xx_mac80211

My Terminal Output After Installing bcmwl5 driver:
(ndiswrapper -l)
[root@fedora 80211g]# ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 : driver installed
device (14E4:4318) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx-mac80211)
Notice the naming (which I made bold), they should match, please edit the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file.

blacklist bcm43xx-mac80211


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