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yum install broadcom doesn't work in F16

asked 2011-11-09 15:49:56 +0000

my wireless card doesn't work after upgrade to F16. Typically this was due to kernel newest version and was solved by installing broadcom-wl. After upgrading to F16 yum doesn't install package or doesn't even display that it is already installed, just a Nothing to do message.

Here's the output of yum:

# yum install broadcom-wl
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit, security
Setting up Install Process
Nothing to do

And when querying for broadcom, kernel and kmod-wl:

# rpm -qa | grep -e kernel -e broadcom-wl -e kmod-wl | sort

Any clues on this?

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answered 2011-11-09 17:20:06 +0000


Since you have upgraded from a previous release, please use this link to get your system into correct shape. After that, use this link to set up rpmfusion repos and then use the command:

su -   
yum update -y
yum distro-sync
yum install kmod-wl -y

to get your wireless working. I can confirm that it works. I'm using it now :)

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answered 2011-11-09 16:31:56 +0000

It look like the packet is available in rpmfusion repository. http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/releases/16/Everything/i386/os/repoview/broadcom-wl.html (Last update on 2011-11-07)

Did you activated Rpmfusion repository http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration ?

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answered 2011-11-10 18:37:32 +0000

David gravatar image

I had the same issue when I installed F16. I had to pop in the Cat 5.

As indicated above, I had to install the free and non-free repos, and then install kmod-wl. After a reboot, it recognized by broadcom card. I sure wish it could be included by default, so that I don't need to connect the wire.

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Broadcom drivers are being included in the kernel. This will take a little time though. These kmods arent free enough to be included in Fedora, and are therefore included in RPMFusion.

What is RPMFUsion

FranciscoD_ ( 2011-11-11 06:28:54 +0000 )edit

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Asked: 2011-11-09 15:49:56 +0000

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