Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dell XPS 16 wifi not working with Fedora 14

This is the first step of my journey discovering nginx : I got my new computer (Dell Studio XPS 16 - core i7 - 6GB RAM - 256GB SSD) and installed Fedora 14 on it.
Great machine : not very efficient energy wise but what would you expect with 8 cores.

Pretty much everything worked out of the box. Except the wifi. It ships with a Broadcom 4312 and the driver for this is proprietary. So you actually have to get it from broadcom and "extract" it to your install as clearly explained on this page : extraction and installation of b43 driver on fedora. The rest of the page (about b43 driver) is interesting as well... Enjoy the reading.

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