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Re: should broadcom BCM4318 wireless work out of the box?

On Fri, 2009-10-30 at 13:49 -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Oct 2009, Jon Ciesla wrote:
> > There's a b43 open-source firmware in the default install now, so it
> > *should* work.  I'm using it right now, and it's good.
> >
> > Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > >   i ask since i'd like to finally install f12 x86_64 beta on one
> > > of my laptops this weekend, but i might have to do it where i
> > > won't have access to wired networking, only wireless.  so if
> > > getting broadcom wireless needs a wired connection to download
> > > anything after the install, i'm pretty much screwed.
>   ok, i'll take a chance this weekend.  what i'm really interested in
> is ATI radeon support, particularly for my xpress 200m.  if anyone can
> report on how well that's working for them, i definitely want to know.

you might want to take a copy of the Broadcom firmware with you just in
case - the instructions for extracting it from the Windows driver with
b43-fwcutter are easy to find, and it's just a set of files that go
in /lib/firmware , so you could do the dump (you can do it on any
system) and stick the files on a USB key to take with you just in case
the open firmware doesn't work.

We did have some bad Xpress 200M bugs:


but I think the worst is fixed now, so X generally works in default
kernel modesetting config. This bug appears to still be present, though:


actually it'd be good if you could confirm/deny whether yours has that

Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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