[FC-6 x86_64] Broadcom Corporation Dell Wireless 1390 woes

HomerJ homer420 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 2 19:45:48 UTC 2006

I wanted to quickly follow-up on this post for the benefit of anybody
else who has this broadcom card ...

I received word from 1 of the lead wireless guys that this card is PCI
Express which isn't supported in the stock FC-6 kernels.  He pointed
me to his latest test kernel which has a patch to add support for
PCI-E broadcom cards, and this does get things working, somewhat.


I'm still having troubles getting the card to work reliably, but
progress is definitely being made.  The current status can be followed
in this BugZilla report:



On 10/31/06, HomerJ <homer420 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello.  First time posting here but figured I'd give it a shot since
> I've not had luck yet at the fedoraforum ...
> I just bought HP dv2120 laptop which has a broadcom wireless card
> (lspci -vvv and -n output below). I did a fresh install of FC-6 GOLD
> x86_64, kernel is 2.6.18-1.2798 and everything seems to work great
> except the wireless.  From my googling it appears that this card
> should be supported by the bcm43xx module.  I've read the bcm43xx
> HOWTO in fedoraforum, as well as the excellent HOWTO David Woodhouse
> x-posted to the fedora lists, however no luck thus far. The bcm43xx
> module loads just fine, no errors in syslog or dmesg. I've tried a
> handful of the drivers listed in the bcm43xx-fwcutter README, and the
> fwcutter tool seems to extract the firmware fine. But NetworkManager
> isn't seeing any wireless devices, and attempting to manually bring up
> the interface also states that the device isn't present:
> [dave at smithers ~]$ ifup eth1
> bcm43xx device eth1 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.
> Is this possibly related to running the x86_64 spin of FC6?  I'm
> considering doing an x86 install but would prefer not to as I really
> was hoping to run 64-bit on this laptop.
> I'm not sure how to further troubleshoot this problem. Any/all advice
> is greatly appreciated!
> ~Homer~

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