I'm new to Fedora/Linux, so please forgive me for any ignorance i might show.
I've installed FC4 on my new Acer Aspire 3003WLMi, and most things work just fine, except for wireless networking. I use ndiswrapper and the bcmwl5 driver. It has worked twice the latest days, without me doing anything purposely, but disappears after reboot.
Upgraded to 2.6.12-1.1447_FC4
Compiled and installed the latest ndiswrapper from the CVS.
#ndiswrapper -i bcmwli.inf
bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present
#dmesg |grep ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper version 1.3rc1 loaded (preempt=no,smp=no)
ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,12/22/2004, 126.96.36.199) loaded
PCI: Found IRQ 4 for device 0000:00:0b.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 4 with 0000:00:02.1
ndiswrapper: using irq 4
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:14:a4:24:db:c3 using driver bcmwl5, configuration file 14E4:4318:1468:0312.5.conf
#lspci -n |grep 14e3:4318
00:0b.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)
#lspci |grep 00:0b.0
00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation: Unknown device 4318 (rev 02)
Warning: Driver for device wlan0 recommend version 18 of Wireless Extension,
but has been compiled with version 17, therefore some driver features
may not be available...
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any Nickname:"localhost.localdomain"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:00:00:00:00:00
Bit Rate=54 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm
RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B
Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-10 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
Those two times it has suddently worked Access Point has changed to that of my AP, and ifup wlan0 gets everything up to speed, surfing etc works fine then. Apart from that, I can get no sign of life from the thing.
Suggestions? Could the IRQ sharing have anything to do with it?