Recently, the business I consult for, Pallas Couture, required one of their laptops (Dell Vostro 1310) to be reformatted with the bare essentials.
So I thought, what better operating system than Fedora for this task? It’s easy to use, good-looking and secure.
One caveat, drivers.
The Dell Vostro 13x series require the appropriate broadcom-wl drivers to be installed in order to enable wireless access, which was an absolute essential.
Assuming you have Fedora and have launched Terminal, let’s get started.
Installing RPM Fusion
RPM Fusion is essentially a third-party repository that adds some extra packages to YUM:
“RPM Fusion provides software that the Fedora Project or Red Hat doesn’t want to ship. That software is provided as precompiled RPMs for all current Fedora versions and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6; you can use the RPM Fusion repositories with tools like yum and PackageKit.” – RPM Fusion
You can install RPM Fusion by issuing the following command in your Terminal:
su -c 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm'
You will be prompted for the root login password (if applicable) shortly after. Enter it to proceed.
Next, we’ll update YUM so we have the newest packages prior to installing the broadcom-wl drivers.
To update YUM, issue the following command:
Installing the Broadcom Wireless Drivers (broadcom-wl)
Now we’re getting somewhere.
In order to install the broadcom-wl drivers, enter the following into your Terminal session:
yum install broadcom-wl
Loading the Drivers using Modprobe
In order to load the new drivers, issue the following command:
su -c 'modprobe wl'
Now, you just need to restart (or reboot) Fedora in order to apply the changes by issuing:
You’re done! Go play with your wireless.
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