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Install wireless driver from command line (for Sugar Desktop)

asked 2014-06-08 03:38:45 -0600

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updated 2014-09-28 15:48:29 -0600

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I have a computer were I boot to "Sugar on a Stick" (SOAS), a distribution of Sugar Desktop running Fedora 20 that runs from a (persistent) memory stick. It actually works very well (much better than other versions I tried that run on existing desktops, e.g. Sweets in Ubuntu).

There is still a little problem, and that is that the wireless doesn't work. This is (I guess) because Fedora is not detecting the wireless card. I have root access in a terminal, but no graphical interface (except the Sugar Desktop for children), so I can only use the console to do advanced stuff.

How can I install the wireless card driver from command line?

I have an Acer Aspire 5610, which according to my research hosts a Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG card. I tried "sudo yum upgrade" already.

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sudo yum upgrade breaks the Live installation in the first place.

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answered 2014-06-08 06:53:38 -0600

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Correction/Answer: After trying to transfer the intel wireless firmware, I realized that they were already in place (/lib/firmware).

Actually, Fedora 20 (and therefore SOAS) works with this wireless card out of the box. The problem is that I (or my inner child) didn't know how to connect to wireless networks. It is in the Neighborhood menu, at the top left, each network appears as a circle (find yours).

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