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[Solved] Dell XPS 13: How to activate wifi driver?

asked 2016-04-22 06:33:51 -0500

blnt gravatar image

updated 2016-04-22 09:16:07 -0500

I installed Fedora 23 on my Dell XPS 13 (9350). This model comes with a Broadcom BCM4350 wifi chip, which does not work out of the box. As suggested in many postings, I manually updated the kernel to a version that includes the correspoding driver. I am actually running Kernel 4.4.2.300.fc23.x86_64. Secure Boot is disabled. However, wifi is not working, there is no wifi interface in the Gnome network tool nor in the output of ip link.

lspci -k shows:

3a:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 43a3 (rev 08) Subsystem: Dell Device 0021 Kernel modules: brcmfmac

suggesting there is no driver in use as there is no line like

Kernel driver in use: brcmfmac

What can I do at this point to activate the driver? Please consider that my linux/fedora knowledge is very limited :) Thanks!

PS: Which tag do you use for terminal output looking nice?

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answered 2016-04-22 08:00:37 -0500

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While the driver brcmfmac is in the kernel it needs a corresponding firmware file brcmfmac4350-pcie.bin in /usr/lib/firmware/brcm/.

Do you have linux-firmware package installed?

dnf install linux-firmware
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Did not know about this and it was missing indeed. Thanks!

blnt gravatar imageblnt ( 2016-04-22 09:14:27 -0500 )edit

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