Broadcom Wi-Fi card not working

ed horned0wl93 at
Tue Mar 17 13:42:45 CDT 2009

I just had that problem with another machine (this one).  Please check 
your restricted drivers (System > Administration > Hardware Drivers) and 
make sure the driver you're using is the ath5k, rather than the 2x2x, 
and you should be fine.


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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