Broadcom Wi-Fi card not working

Mario Limonciello mario_limonciello at Dell.com
Tue Mar 17 16:00:54 CDT 2009


Nigel:

If you have a wlan1 device, you aren't using the 'wl' driver (STA).  The
'wl' driver will create an eth1 device.  Sounds like you might still
have ndiswrapper on there or something.

Regards

Nigel Ridley wrote:
> 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?
>
> Blessings,
>
> Nigel
>
>
>>
>> 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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>>
>
>

-- 
Mario Limonciello
*Dell | Linux Engineering*
mario_limonciello at dell.com
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