Configure Wireless in Fedora Core 4 for Hp zd8000

I made a big mistake of installing ndiswrapper for fedora core 4 using yum. It downloaded the latest kernel and source etc and compile ndiswrapper and I was not able to update any wifi drivers for my HP Pavilion zd8000.

After much struggle for so many hours I removed ndiswrapper using the yum. I wanted to reinstall ndiswrapper. This time I have decided to install the hard way by compiling from source.

For that I needed the source of current kernel source. I needed to download the same. To find out the current kernel version issue this command.

[imthiaz@localhost ~]$ uname -r

Then I downloaded the source rpm from this place Click here to download the src rpm.

Then install the source rpm..

[imthiaz@localhost ~]$ rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.src.rpm

1:kernel ########################################### [100%]

Then build the source

[imthiaz@localhost ~]$ rpmbuild -bp –target=noarch /usr/src/redhat/SPECS/kernel-2.6.spec

After issuing the command we can see a lot of debug messages then it comes out to prompt.

Now you can start the ndiswrapper installation. A complete installation mannual is given here.

To find out the wifi card spec issue this command lspci -n and you find some text like this..

0b:03.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)

Next I download the windows driver for hp zd8000 wifi card. The integrated wireless card is the Broadcom AirForce One 54g. I download couple of drivers after reading reviews from many website and finally this one solved my day.

After extracting the zip file we have install the driver for ndiswrapper. We can do that with following command.

#ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5a.inf

After this just follow the instruction from here

from Load Module section. And all commands worked perfect for me from that section :-).

Then I added the following lines to /etc/rc.d/rc.local

iwlist wlan0 scan
iwconfig wlan0 mode Managed
iwconfig wlan0 essid ‘Goldcrab’
dhclient wlan0

I added the above lines so that wifi loaded and configured whenever I boot my laptop. Now it is working cool 😉

Categorized as Linux

By Imthiaz

Programmer, SAAS, CMS & CRM framework designer, Love Linux & Apple products, Currently addicted to mobile development & working @bluebeetle


  1. Hello
    i’m just a really new one in linux, and i want to know more how to install the same wifi card in the same laptop model cause many files here do not exist, and i don’t know how to proceed, actually i own linux UBUNTU

    Thank u so mush fo your help.

  2. Many thanks Imthiaz, your hints on getting ndiswrapper working on a zd8000 were v useful. I found I had to install an older version (ndiswrapper-1.40) to work with kernel 2.6.11 and the Broadcom driver that worked for me was the 2006 version from HP.
    Now at last it’s working fine!
    Many thanks again, Simon

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