[svlug] Fedora 12 wireless hell

Deyan Bektchiev svlug at bektchiev.net
Wed Apr 21 21:04:33 PDT 2010

I've used Fedora with a couple of laptops over the last five years and
initially it used to be quite a job to make it to work. In recent
versions (Fedora 11 and 12) things are much better however it's a hit
or miss depending on the kernel. Some versions work flawlessly and
some don't work at all. And the worst of all with some versions the
wireless card seems to work initially only to be disconnected in a few

Over the last couple of years I've been getting only Intel wireless
cards so that I don't need to use ndiswrapper but with earlier
versions of Fedora it used to work OK although some versions were
buggy so I had to compile it from source.


On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM, Ehud Kaldor <ehud.kaldor at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am stuck on a big change in my life. After a couple of happy years
> with Ubuntu, I decided to hop distro and try Fedora with my new laptop
> (Dell latitude E6400). Everything seems to be solvable (as there is no
> Linux in PnP) except for the wireless. After it not being there after
> the initial and appearing after the first 450 updates in yum, I cannot
> get it to find a network. Sometimes it sees them and fails to connect
> but mostly the Network-Manager list is empty.
> Lspci claims it is a Dell 1370 hiding a Broadcom 4312 [xxxx:4315]. I
> have crawled Google for any combination of Fedora, 12, wireless, dell,
> broadcom and 4312 and tried all it threw at me. NDISwrapper with
> several drivers, kmod-wl, RPMfusion and probably made a salad. Now I
> went back to blankand reinstalled, and am going to try again before
> defaulting back to Canonical.
> Did anyone have any good advice, or am I doomed to be distro-bound? Help...
> And thanks,
> Ehud

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