Broadcom Wi-Fi card not working

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Tue Mar 17 12:49:02 CDT 2009

Mario Limonciello wrote:
> 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.
> Regards

Hi Mario,

The laptop is up-to-date but I don't have the 'wl' driver. I do have a 'Broadcom STA' driver 
though - although it doesn't work.

I have been getting some success - the card is recognized and it even tries to connect from the 
manual setting but doesn't succeed.
If I try 'sudo iwlist wlan1 scan' I get:
'wlan1 no scan results'

Do I have to enable the Dell repositories for the 'wl' driver?



> 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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