The HPC 615 was very popular because of its attractive cost-performance ratio.1) I just installed Fedora 15 Lovelock on a HPC 615 with AMD Athlon X2, 320GiB HDD, ATI Radeon HD3200 and 4GiB RAM. Everything works out-of-the-box with one exception: Wireless LAN. There was no firmware for the Broadcom BCM4312 WLAN chip. However. Version 188.8.131.52 of the proprietary firmware works like a charm:
- The B43 firmware cutter tool is used to extract and install the proprietary Broadcom firmware. Use a LAN cable to get internet connection. Open a terminal and install it:
su -c 'yum install b43-fwcutter'
- Download the firmware and use
b43-fwcutterto extract and install it:
su - cd /tmp wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-184.108.40.206.tar.bz2 tar xjf ./broadcom-wl-220.127.116.11.tar.bz2 cd ./broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168/driver/ b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/ wl_apsta_mimo.o
Reboot or restart the network. Your WLAN should work now.
Note: I tried several things before. Known solutions and
b43-openfwwf were not able to provide a stable connection when using WPA2. Same for other versions of the proprietary Broadcom firmware.