Broadcom Wi-Fi card not working

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Tue Mar 17 14:55:59 CDT 2009

ed wrote:
> 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

Hi Ed,

The tech guy replaced the Atheros card with a Broadcom one:
nigel at laptop:~$ lspci
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)



> 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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