Fedora 26 + Wireless + BCM43142

I have a laptop, it’s a Dell Inspiron 15 [3000 Series] who’s wireless doesn’t work out the box.

This is how I installed the driver to get it working.

1, check which model of Broadcome you have

[paulmellors@sheldon ~]$ lspci | grep Network
06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Limited BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
[paulmellors@sheldon ~]$

2. Install RPM Fusion for your system from here

3. Install broadcom-wl

[root@sheldon paulmellors]# dnf install broadcom-wl

Reboot, and your wireless should be available now.

I use the i3 window manager, so I had to also install the network-manager-applet so I could load nm-applet, but it worked once I’d added the comment to the i3 config.

Screenshot from 2017-09-05 10-56-56



Fear and Doubt

I’ve just watched a video from a guy called Leonard Kim, if you want to watch it then click HERE

One of the quotes I remember most is “really hard for me to get out of bed and try again” and I thought to myself that’s me.  No before you think uh hoh he’s going to do something stupid, it’s not quite [in my context] what it sounds like.  I’m not in his situation, I have the decent job, loving family and I’m generally quite happy, you should of seen my face at the Cromford Steam Rally, when a Lancaster bomber flew over with a Spitfire and Hurricane, BLISS!

What I’m referring to is the fear and doubt of trying something new, the doubt in your mind that when you have a go at something, you’re not confident in yourself and although you put 100% effort into it, a few days later you give up as you think you’re crap.  I’m sure I’m actually not the only one like this.  On the flip side, your friends approach you and ask you where your next video is as they enjoy them and noticed you’ve not been uploading in awhile.

What can you do to improve your mindset in a situation like this?  I really don’t know.  I suppose that I’d just need to do what Leonard Kim did when he published his first post.  Get past the shaking hands, the thoughts of being a constant failure and just “press the button”  Forget about what people think of you, forget that no one might see/comment or enjoy what you do, just do it for yourself and enjoy it.

I guess that writing this blog post has made a decision for me….Where’s that button?


Fedora participation

I was asked this question last week,

Therefore, at this point, we kindly ask that you should please inform us whether:
a) You’re an active ambassador mentor and currently available
b) You’re an active ambassador mentor, but currently unavailable
c) You’re an inactive ambassador mentor and wish to offer your place to someone else

And unfortunately I replied with

c) You’re an inactive ambassador mentor and wish to offer your place to someone else

My problem is time, I don’t have time for this any more and too be honest I lost all interest 😦

It’s not that I don’t love Fedora and it’s community, I just lost interest in it….Is that a problem with me or the community, I don’t know.

To be honest, it’s probably just me, all the people I’ve spoken to over the years and all the friends I’ve made are awesome, I can’t fault any one or anything I’ve just come to the end of my tether.  I really shouldn’t of reapplied for my mentorship in the first place 😦

If people want to contact me, then they are more than welcome as ever.

So long and thanks for all the fish…..


Ubuntu Upgrade *BUG*

Apparently when you upgrade Ubuntu from LTS to 16.10 [using do-release-upgrade], the network system stops working, in my case it was down to a specific file not being created at upgrade.

If you upgrade ubuntu from LTS to 16.10 and your ethernet stops working then make sure this file exists on your system, I bet it won’t


If it doesn’t then create it using this method and then reboot

touch /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d/10-globally-managed-devices.conf

It’s a BUG marked as won’t fix 😦


“no internet access”

For my information really, had an issue in windows 7 where the internet icon said “no internet access” but was browsing fine.

Wasn’t really a problem until I had to reinstall office 365 which needed a complete and valid internet connection to register.  So had to fix it.  This is what worked for me, it might not for you so don’t come running to me if it hoses your system.

run regedit
go to this key
then look at key named
look his value if is 0 make it 1
reconnect the network

It’s been so long….

Another few months without a blog post, and while I do miss writing stuff, I’m in a lull.  Sometimes I think I’ve been in the IT industry too long and I’ve lost my mojo, and other times I just feel I need a change of concentration.  I’ll be honest and say that apart from the odd tweak to my dev servers at work, I’ve not touched linux in months.  The windows 10 installation on my laptop is just working fine, no problems, no blue screens it just works and I certainly don’t feel the need to change it anytime soon.

I thought I’d have a look at c#, it’s going slowly, I know I’m not cut out to be a decent programmer, but it would certainly help in certain situations where I can knock up a quick program to solve a problem I have.  I’ll get there in the end.

One of the things I also want to do is get my self an intel NUC, it would be nice to have a server at home again and install a few servers to test things with, might get me my mojo back.

Is this what’s known as burn out?  I don’t think so but I’ve got to keep a close eye on myself.

Any questions?