Broadcom Wireless problems

Mario Limonciello mario_limonciello at
Wed Mar 18 12:56:05 CDT 2009

Don't trust what it say on the live disk about "enabled but not in
use".  Actually try it out.  There is a bug in Intrepid and a lot of
Jaunty that it can show that when really the driver is in use and
functional.  It's been fixed in Jaunty post A6 updates however (version
<>* and later).

Nigel Ridley wrote:
> I am trying to get a Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01) wireless card working on a 
> Vostro A860 running Kubuntu Hardy (8.04).
> I have the same card in my Inspiron 1525 which works OK.
> I did try experimenting with the latest Kubuntu Live CD (Jaunty Alpha 6) and on my Inspiron it 
> works just fine (I just need to click on the taskbar network icon and choose my linksys router).
> On the Vostro, using the Kubuntu Live CD (Jaunty Alpha 6) the taskbar network icon shows that the 
> wireless is disconnected and when I try the Hardware Driver Manager it shows the 'wl' driver as 
> enabled but 'Not in Use'.
> What is the difference (hardware wise) between the Vostro and the Inspiron that, both using the 
> exact same wireless cards (I even swapped the cards from one laptop to the other, just to make 
> sure) one works and the other doesn't?
> Blessings,
> Nigel
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Mario Limonciello
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