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Old 11-20-2008, 09:22 PM   #1
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Cool Can't configure wireless card on Fedora 8 or 9

Using Fedora 9 on a Dell Latitude d600 with a Dell trueMobil 1400 Dual Band WLAN mini-PCI card. Having trouble getting Fedora to recognize card, Would Ubunto be a better option for me? I just upgraded to Fedora 9 because Fedora 8 didn't work.
Old 11-20-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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That is a Broadcom card, which is supported by the b43 kernel module. The problem is, the firmware needed for the card is proprietary and not able to be distributed by Fedora(or anyone else for that matter) legally.

You'll need to get the firmware from the Windows driver with b43-fwcutter and put it into /lib/firmware.
Old 12-11-2008, 01:47 AM   #3
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I'm having the same problem with Fedora 9.. When I do an lspci I get:

09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit EthernetPCI Express (rev 02)
and for iwconfig while connected via ethernet I get:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:"sweetbread"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
Encryption key:4B65-6C61-6775-656E-4269-6E61-6475
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

pan0 no wireless extensions.
Network manager gives me an error as well... help!

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Old 12-11-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit EthernetPCI Express (rev 02)
I'm pretty sure that this is your wired card not your wireless... (sorry if you already knew that).

My suggestion is to try Sabayon. Evidently the folks at Sabayon don't care about silly legal issues because Broadcom 43xx cards work great with Sabayon and no fiddling around with firmware is required. Guess how I know?

I bet Puppy Linux works too.

Wireless support is a big reason I use the distros I do....


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