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Old 01-15-2007, 07:17 AM   #1
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Broadcom wireless card not being activated


Since I switched to FC6 from FC5, I've been having some problems activating by bcm43xx Broadcom Airforce Card. My wireless card is no longer activated at boot time like it used to be. Instead of the light simply coming on, now at boot time the wireless light comes on for a few seconds, then fails with an error message about "Determining IP information for eth1... failed; no link present. Check cable?".

The error message is one thing that hasn't changed from FC5 to FC6, I guess: Fedora still seems to think that all wireless cards are actually ethernet cards. A

"ifup eth1" and activating the card in system-config-network result in the same thing (light comes on for a few seconds, while stupid fedora checks for a cable, on a wireless card!!).

The only way I know how to get the wireless active now is to go into kcontrol (I use KDE), then the "Internet and Network" section, then the "Wireless Network" section, and then in the General Settings section click "Activate". This brings on the wireless light, and it *stays on*. I can then use wifi-radar to connect to a network.

Anybody know why this is? Is there a command line way of replicating what kcontrol does above?

EDIT: Umm, just found the answer:
/sbin/dhclient eth1
I'll post this here for the benefit of anyone else with the same problem.


I have a WPA certificate I need to import. The file is called XYZ.der (a CA certificate file). Does anyone know how I can do this so I can access the network (preferably commandline, but I don't mind. I've already tried knetworkmanager, which allowed me to do so on FC5, but the program doesn't seem to be working on FC6).

Any ideas?

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