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Broadcom STA driver in Fedora 11

So, the new Fedora 11 Leonidas is finally here. I stayed up to install it on my brand new laptop. Everything works out of the box, except wireless, and that only because Fedora insists on open source purity, so they won’t ship a binary driver. I did have some problems, though, so I’m just documenting them here.

My wireless device is a Dell 1510 card shown in lspci as:

Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller

Usually, you would just enable the RPMfusion repo and follow the instructions here (or here). Now I don’t know whether its a change in the broadcom-wl package contents, or just a missing dependency, but the broadcom-wl package only installs a modprobe blacklist file and some documentation, and NOT the kernel module wl.ko which is required for the driver.

After breaking my head over this a few times and trying unsuccessfully to compile Broadcom’s own source for the driver, I tried ‘yum install kmod-wl’ and magically, wireless started working. Hallelujah.


  1. Jimbo wrote:

    Thanks for posting this. I’m about to install Fedora 11 on my Dell laptop, now I can enjoy some wirelessness!

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  2. antrix wrote:

    Which laptop? I am planning to buy one and researching models.

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 9:44 am | Permalink
  3. Anshul wrote:

    Dell Studio 1537. T6400/4GB/320GB. Got it cheap and its great for the most part except for a couple of things. The screen is effectively a mirror (true with most laptops these days) and 1280×800 is too low resolution for me. Secondly, I should’ve upgraded the CPU to one which supports hardware virtualization. We live and learn.

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 10:53 am | Permalink
  4. Chris wrote:

    Thanks for the heads up about the dependency issues of the broadcom-wl package. I’ll take a look at it this evening as soon as I’ve got around to installing F11 myself.

    FWIW, my instructions were slightly wrong really, it is always better to do a “yum install kmod-wl” rather than “yum install broadcom-wl”.


    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  5. Gazza wrote:

    Cheers for this. I had the STA driver working fine in Fedora 10 and also Ubuntu. Now working fine with Fedora 11. Good man.

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Permalink
  6. Anshul wrote:

    Jimbo, Chris, Gazza: You’re welcome.

    Chris: Do you know if the original broadcom-wl package had kmod-wl as a dependency?

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  7. Jorge wrote:

    Thanks, works perfectly and was very easy even for a newcomer to Fedora!

    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 5:52 am | Permalink

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