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Re: f8t3 live: no networking on presario 700 (Broadcom)

Jeremy Katz wrote:
On Sun, 2007-10-07 at 21:45 -0400, sean darcy wrote:
Jeremy Katz wrote:
On Sun, 2007-10-07 at 20:17 -0400, sean darcy wrote:
I have compaq presario 714n notebook, Intel G965 chipset. wireless is Broadcom BCM94311MCG mini-pci, which shows up in lspci.
Broadcom does not make firmware for their wireless cards available in a
freely redistributable form, so Fedora cannot distribute this firmware.
Thus, it cannot work out of the box.  You can generate a firmware file
using the b43-fwcutter utility, but this doesn't help much for the live
environment.  Feel free to request that Broadcom provide freely
redistributable firmware for their wireless products!

Well, would this work:

I'm using live to install on a 20gig partition that already has windows installed.

Can I install f8 ( from dvd or livecd ), download the fw43-cutter rpm under windows, use ntfs-utils to copy to the linux partition, install it, and Voila! ??


Is fw43-cutter on the dvd?

Not as of test3.  I just adjusted comps so that it will be on the DVD
and the live images for the final release to help making this hardware a
little easier

Installed b43-fwcutter and followed the instructions at http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware

Got http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-

untarred that file and ran
b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmare broadcom-wl-

that seemed to work, and populated /lib/firmware/b43/ with a bunch of *.fw files.

Then rmmod b43; modprobe -vv b43. No errors. Nothing in syslog.

Also loaded cfg80211 and mac80211.

Shouldn't I have seen the firmware being loaded in dmesg, or syslog?

Made sure NetworkManager was working. I can see the icon. No connection.

Now what? I've never tried to use Fedora with wireless, so I may be missing something obvious.


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