Dell Inspiron 15 / Debian 8 Wifi

For my notes:

Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms

modprobe wl



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?




It’s been an age…..

It’s been an age since I’ve posted a blog entry, it’s been a longer age since I’ve posted on the Fedora Planet.  How sad.  I’ve been away as my laptop broke [this is now resolved] and the server I was using to host all my ssh/irc/irssi stuff, was shutdown for personal reasons, this hasn’t been resolved yet but hopefully will be soon.

All in all I’ve been away from my Fedora duties far too long and it’s something I’ve been missing.   So I’m going to try an get back to a more stable situation in 2017, it’s pointless trying anything now as it’ll all go to pot around Christmas and from the 16th December I’ll be on my jollies and not available at all until around the 28th.

If there is anything you need from me while I’m away from the front line, then please feel free to contact me at prjmellors -@-, I’m always about and quite partial to the odd chin wag.

Any way, until you see me again in Jan – Peace, Out.