Broadcom Wi-Fi card not working

Mario Limonciello mario_limonciello at
Tue Mar 17 12:01:35 CDT 2009

Hi Nigel:

To use the Broadcom card, you generally want to use the 'wl' driver
instead.  It's available after an update to 8.04.1 or 8.04.2 on Hardy. 
You have to go into Kubuntu's equivalent of the Hardware Drivers
application to enable it.

It's also available on 8.10 or 9.04 a6.


Nigel Ridley wrote:
> My wife has a Vostro A860 that came pre-installed with Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron). I wiped it and 
> installed Kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron).
> The wireless was working great but then it died (stopped, then started, after a reboot, and died 
> 5 minutes later). The wireless card was an Atheros.
> I contacted Dell support and they sent a technician who replaced the Atheros with a Broadcom 
> Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01).
> But after installing the drivers and ndsiwrapper following the guide:
> which didn't get it working, so I then tried:
> (I had to google the cache page)
> which also didn't get it working.
> I know that the new card does work as I popped it into my Inspiron 1525 which has a identical 
> card. 'My' card is now in the Vostro and doesn't work.
> How can I wipe my efforts at installing all the above stuff and start afresh?
> Could it be that the problem is not the card at all but something on the motherboard?
> I do intend to install Jaunty soon but it is still only Alpha 6 -- would it help me anyway?
> Blessings
> Nigel
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Mario Limonciello
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