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I recently installed Fedora 11 on a Dell Inspiron 14. I think it uses a Dell 802.11b/g Wireless LAN. Windows Vista can detect it but Fedora 11 can't. How can I fix this?

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What is your network card? – harrymc Oct 11 '09 at 14:14
what model of inspiron? – quack quixote Oct 11 '09 at 14:33
Inspiron 14. How can I determine what my network card is? – Randell Oct 11 '09 at 14:55
What driver does Windows Vista use with this wireless card? – fpmurphy1 Oct 11 '09 at 15:45
@fpmurphy, how can I determine that? Can it be found somewhere in dmesg? – Randell Oct 11 '09 at 16:02

Try to connect wired first, then get latest system/driver updates from Internet. It worked me few times.

There's a network manager called wicd, did you try it? And check linuxwireless out, you can find the other managers and lots of information about wireless.

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Yes, this is what I'm gonna do. I'll post the results later. – Randell Oct 11 '09 at 23:31
The update didn't solve the problem. – Randell Oct 12 '09 at 4:59
try wicd too, one of my notebooks works only with it. – buba Oct 12 '09 at 16:11
@buba, what's the model of your notebook the works with wicd? – Randell Oct 13 '09 at 10:19
hp pavilion dv5000 with amd sempron, it has ubuntu 8.10; i haven't tried with newer versions of ubuntu. – buba Oct 13 '09 at 21:54
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I finally made it work! I followed @emgee's lead and used lspci. Executing lspci on my terminal showed this line along with several other lines:

0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)

Googling BCM4312 lead me to Broadcom Linux STA Driver. As stated in the intro:

These packages contain Broadcom's IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n hybrid Linux® device driver for use with Broadcom's BCM4311-, BCM4312-, BCM4321-, and BCM4322-based hardware. However, this driver is known to support other chipsets labelled differently (such as the BCM4328.)

And then it was as simple as executing the following:

Install the broadcom-wl packages

yum install broadcom-wl

Loading the driver

modprobe wl

and restarting my machine.

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Special thanks to @buba for following my progress. – Randell Oct 19 '09 at 8:14
Congratulations, I'm glad for you :) – buba Oct 19 '09 at 18:10
Do you know if I could do that in Ubuntu? Or what the commands would be? – The Green Frog Mar 2 '10 at 15:54

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