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Old 12th May 2012, 03:00 PM
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Install Linksys WMP54GS

I am trying to get Linksys WMP54GS to work. The green light shows on
the hardware but I cannot connect. I am running FC14
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Old 12th May 2012, 11:26 PM
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Re: Install Linksys WMP54GS

ndiswrapper is your friend, get the windows driver for WMP54GS and compile it w/ ndiswrapper.(assuming that adapter is fairly old and is without linux drivers)
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Old 13th May 2012, 12:49 AM
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Re: Install Linksys WMP54GS

Even old ones can have Linux drivers; sometimes even a driver supplied by the kernel. That WMP54GS uses the PCI bus, so the lspci command probably will identify the chipset. That information will decide the matter and the next step. You should run that command and publish here the part of it that identifies the wireless chipset. Maybe somebody will recognize it and know what you should do.
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Old 13th May 2012, 11:39 AM
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Re: Install Linksys WMP54GS

Thanks stoat : chipset

00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333]
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333 AGP]
00:09.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 50)
00:09.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 50)
00:09.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 51)
00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: ADMtek NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 (rev 11)
00:0e.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
00:0f.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 07)
00:0f.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! Game Port (rev 07)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233A ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:11.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
00:11.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] (rev a1)
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Old 13th May 2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: Install Linksys WMP54GS

I have a WMP54G that also has the BCM4306 chipset, and it has worked well for years with the b43 driver module that is included with the Linux kernel. But it needs firmware that I have to install. Here is what I would do...

Confirm that the b43 module is being loaded by the kernel...
Code:
lsmod | sort
If b43 is in the list generated by that, then open a terminal and install the firmware for it by running these commands while using a wired connection to the Internet (you can paste them from here directly into a terminal)...
Code:
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver	
su
b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta_mimo.o
Those commands merely download a Broadcom driver source file, extract the firmware from it, and copy about thirty .fw files to a folder named /lib/firmware/b43. And that's all that they do. Anyway, after those complete successfully, reboot or restart NetworkManager and check for available networks.

If you don't have a wired connection to do the wget step, then download that tarball using another computer. Somehow transfer it to the wireless computer and continue on with the other steps.

Another acceptable option is to install the package b43-openfwwf (yum install b43-openfwwf) which installs open source firmware that also should work with a BCM4306 chipset. If that yum command fails (since Fedora 14 has been archived), or if you have no Internet connection, then download the rpm file from the archives and manually install it with yum or rpm. Reboot or restart NetworkManager and check for available networks.
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