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Old 05-12-2006, 09:40 PM   #1
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broadcom wireless card not showing up


Hello all,

I have just upgraded my compaq to FC5 and had to "of course" re-install the network driver for my wireless card.

I went through all of the steps that I remember to do this but I noticed that when I tried to set up and activate my network card, it was not in the list of network cards to choose from.

I.E.

System -> Administration -> Network

Click on the device or hardware tab and I only see eth0 for my interal (wired) NIC.

While devices tab is selected I do the following:

New -> Wireless Connection

All I see is other wireless card. I don't see "wlan0" as ndiswrapper would have labled it.

Can anyone tell me how I can get this to show up? I know that my card is working because I used iwconfig to set it up via command line but I don't want to have to do this everytime I reboot my machine.

Thanks,
 
Old 05-13-2006, 10:50 AM   #2
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If you can see that the ndiswrapper module is loaded, and iwconfig recognizes wlan0 as a legit interface that can be configured and used, then Fedora must be doing something funky. I seem to remember that for some unknown reason, Fedora had a beef with the "wlan0" name and its tools refused to use it. One possible way around this would be to get into /etc/modprobe.conf and change the wlan0 alias to something else, like eth0 (or eth1) that is currently not being used.

Of course the other alternative is to ignore Fedora's tools altogether and just write a quick script to configure and get your card running.
 
Old 05-13-2006, 11:50 AM   #3
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Right now that is what I have done is created a script to do this but unfortunately, I don't know how create a startup script for this to be done on boot up.

I will also give your suggestion a try when I get a moment and see if that brings me any luck.

Thanks for the help.
 
Old 05-13-2006, 12:38 PM   #4
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I think Fedora still uses /etc/rc.local as the last script in the boot process, so you could place the commands there. Otherwise, you could place your script in /etc/init.d and then link to it from each of the /etc/rc#.d directories you want the card set up for (the # is the runlevel number).
 
  


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