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Recently i have updated my laptop running Fedora 16 with kernel version 3.1.2-1.fc16.i686 and after updating got a update for kernel from 3.1.2-1.fc16.i686 to 3.1.4-1.fc16.i686 and after this update my wireless driver is not shown in Network applet of Gnome 3 and Wireless driver also did not work even though it worked fine in previous kernel version after installing broadcom-wl package and still it exist.

So here is the solution to solve this issue.

Requirements: You need to have a wired internet or internet via Mobile phone or USB Modem connected to your laptop.

Update from Jeff Zapotoczny:

Those who do not have wired internet connection and still wanted to use Wireless connection to solve this problem for new kernel, then you can boot into previous kernel version during system boot and can access wireless and follow the below steps and after done, now you can reboot your system and boot using latest kernel.

Step 1: Open the terminal, and run the following commands in terminal

sudo yum install kernel-devel broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-PAE

sudo yum install akmod-wl

Step 2: After installing these packages, now you have to load the wireless driver to get into action, run the following command in the terminal

sudo modprobe wl

Step 3: Your wireless driver should be up and working, if not reboot your system and it must be up or else check whether Wi-fi switch in your laptop is set ON.

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Comments on: "[Solved] Broadcom Wireless driver not working after updating Fedora 16" (3)

  1. Jeff Zapotoczny said:

    Perfect, thanks for posting this. It’s worth mentioning that if you don’t have a wired connection available, you can also accomplish this by booting to your last good kernel where wireless worked (3.1.2 for me), install the packages as above, then reboot and execute the modprobe command under 3.1.4. And voila, wireless.

  2. “[Solved] Broadcom Wireless driver not working
    after updating Fedora 16 prasopensource” truly got myself hooked with your page!
    I actuallydefinitely will be returning a whole lot more frequently.

    Thank you ,Klaudia

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