[x]Blackmoor Vituperative

Thursday, 2009-05-14

Wireless on a Dell Inspiron 2200 (Fedora)

Filed under: Linux — bblackmoor @ 12:59

I recently set up an old Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop to dual-boot Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 9. Neither distribution installed drivers for the Broadcom wireless-G card, but it was pretty straightforward. These instructions are for Fedora:

$ sudo yum install b43-fwcutter NetworkManager NetworkManager-glib NetworkManager-gnome
$ wget -c http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-
$ bzip2 -d broadcom-wl-
$ tar -xvf broadcom-wl-
$ cd ./broadcom-wl-
$ b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta_mimo.o

Then just select the wireless access point in Network Manager and enter the password, and you should be connected.

To think how much of a pain this was just a few years ago, it really is quite astonishing.