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Old 12-28-2006, 05:07 PM   #1
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Unhappy BT Voyager 1060 (Broadcom Corporation BCM4306) in Fedora Core 6

Firstly, I hope everyone had a fantastic xmas, and that Father Christmas got everyone what they wanted (even if it was anotherpair of socks.

Now, fir a xmas holiday project, I've installed Fedora Core 6 (as recieved with a Linux Mag) onto my Compaq Presario 2500 series laptop.

The Network card I'm using is a BT Voyager 1060 Cardbus Wireless Adaptor, which contains a Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 chipset (this comes up when #/sbin/lspci | grep -i net is entered into the consol.

Now, I have looked all over the internet, and found Ndiswrapper to the solution to all my problems. So, following the site's instructions, I put you -y ndiswrapper into the consol (after some giggery-pokery about including something else in the Yum search), and that installed the required version.

I then got all 4 files from the BT Voyager Adaptor/DRIVER directory on my other laptop, opened the consol and entered ndiswrapper -i *inf (I think) to install the driver.

It said the driver was installed, so I went and added a wireless
connect in my Administration options, but it gets stuck, saying:
Determining IP information for eth1... failed; no link present. Check cable?
I've tried entering one some my other laptop (opening CMD and doing ipconfig but that says:
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
Failed to bring up eth1.
The lights on the card are VERY dim, so there is some power getting to it, so its not a connection problem.

Please, all the learned men and women, please help me
  • Is my wireless chipset support by Ndiswrapper?
  • I'm I being a noob and making a school boy error?
  • Is there something I havent done?
  • Is my cardbus (where the Adaptor slots in) supported by Fedora as this may complicate things?

Thankyou now for helping a Linux noob like me to get it sorted. And i promise that when I am up and running, I will try and help others get on their feet too :P

Thankyou all.


Ps could any help give please avoid any long technical words as I am, as I said, a Linux .
Old 12-28-2006, 07:55 PM   #2
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I have a bcm4318 in my presario and, don't ask me why, but it never worked using the drivers off my notebook. (I have 32bit windows and 64 bit FC5, but I tried with 32bit linux as well). My recommendation is to go to the Ndiswrapper wiki and find the driver they recommend and use that one. My bcm4318 didn't work for the longest time, until I tried the windows driver on their wiki. Now it works like a charm.

This is the one that the wiki recommends for a 4306.


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