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Problems installing driver for Broadcom BCM43142 on fedora 24/25

asked 2016-09-16 10:34:05 -0500

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Hello, I'm brand new in the world of Linux however I'm quite patient and willing to learn. I recently installed fedora 24 on my acer Aspire laptop. Everything seems to work perfect so far except of my wifi adapter a Broadcom BCM43142.

I read a lot of fedora and tried a lot of the proposed solutions but every time I get some trouble at some point. The most promising solution to which I ended up to is the installation of ndiswrapper.

For that reason I download the file ndiswrapper_1.60-1.fc24.src.rpm but when trying to install it I get the following message:

Detailed errors from the package manager follow:

Could not depsolve transaction; 1 problem detected: 0. nothing provides ndiswrapper-kmod >= 1.60 needed by ndiswrapper-1.60-1.fc24.x86_64

I am trying to download this "ndiswrapper-kmod" but nothing seems to work so far.

My kernel version is the 4.5.5-300.fc24.x8664. Updating to 4.7.3-200.fc24.x8664 delivers the same result.

Is there anyone else with the same problem? Are there any ideas?

Thanks in advance.


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Hi everyone i am new on Fedora. I am having the same problem did anyone solved it?

jester2488 gravatar imagejester2488 ( 2016-10-29 09:29:34 -0500 )edit

Did you look at the answers below?

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2016-10-31 14:46:14 -0500 )edit

yes but doesn't work for me

jester2488 gravatar imagejester2488 ( 2016-11-05 16:24:12 -0500 )edit

@jester2488, I would suggest starting a new question then. And put a link to it in a comment here.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2016-11-14 14:58:45 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-09-16 12:43:42 -0500

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updated 2017-02-06 09:30:48 -0500

florian gravatar image

please install rpmfusion free and non-free:

and then install kmod-wl or akmod-wl:

sudo dnf install kmod-wl


sudo dnf install akmod-wl


Note : Package information

Name        : kmod-wl
Arch        : x86_64
Epoch       : 0
Version     :
Release     : 6.fc24
Size        : 21 k
Repo        : rpmfusion-nonfree-updates
Summary     : Metapackage which tracks in wl kernel module for newest kernel
URL         :
License     : Redistributable, no modification permitted
Description : This is a meta-package without payload which sole purpose is to
            : require the wl kernel module(s) for the newest kernel,
            : to make sure you get it together with a new kernel.

Name        : akmod-wl
Arch        : x86_64
Epoch       : 0
Version     :
Release     : 6.fc24
Size        : 5.5 M
Repo        : rpmfusion-nonfree-updates
Summary     : Akmod package for wl kernel module(s)
URL         :
License     : Redistributable, no modification permitted
Description : This package provides the akmod package for the wl kernel modules.
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Thank you hhlp. Installing rpmfusion free and non-free took me one step further. Now, ndiswrapper is successfully installed but I do not know how to use it. I'm researching it...

iannis82 gravatar imageiannis82 ( 2016-09-18 12:45:41 -0500 )edit

Don't install ndiswrapper! Use the akmod, it has an actual Linux kernel driver instead of trying to use the Windows one.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2016-09-19 13:40:59 -0500 )edit

I did install kmod-wl and akmod-wl as well as kernel-devel, but it still not letting me modprobe wl. Just one more thing that I already installed rpmfusion free and nonfree package

namnguyen1993 gravatar imagenamnguyen1993 ( 2019-03-09 15:28:04 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-09-16 13:10:14 -0500

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I would recommend installing akmod-wl from rpmfusion. You will also need to install kernel-devel. The akmod version is better than the kmod version as it will automatically get rebuilt when you get a new kernel version instead of having to wait for the kmod package to get rebuilt on rpmfusion.

That's what I've been using on the couple of laptops I've bought that unfortunately had that wifi chipset in them. Be aware that the driver seems to have an issue with roaming between access points causing it to crash, requiring a module reload or wifi reset to work again.

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sudo dnf install$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

sudo dnf install akmod-wl kernel-devel
florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-02-06 09:36:02 -0500 )edit

Thumbs up OF all the above, plus those from other linux fora this is the only one that worked for me Thanks.

Wenae254 gravatar imageWenae254 ( 2017-08-08 12:53:34 -0500 )edit

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