Broadcom Wi-Fi card not working

ed horned0wl93 at gmail.com
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.

Cheers;
Ed
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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:
> http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43
> which didn't get it working, so I then tried:
> http://nostradistro.com/2008/05/05/dell-inspirion-1525-wifi-driver-ubuntu-804/
> (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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