Wireless Driver(s) Not Working

Link to this post 16 Mar 10

Just got a new Dell Vostro A90 to replace an eeePc. This Dell was supposed to be loaded with Ubuntu. (NOT) I installed Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix. I have a Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 wireless card and installed a b43 driver which did not work.The second driver said to work is a : wl But on my system, it is showing up as wl0 benita@benita-laptop:~$ lshw -C network
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
description: Wireless interface
product: BCM4312 802.11b/g
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
logical name: eth1
version: 01
serial: 00:23:08:e7:48:54
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=wl0 driverversion= latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
resources: irq:17 memory:f0200000-f0203fff
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 02
serial: 00:24:e8:ee:d0:53
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI latency=0 multicast=yes
resources: irq:27 ioport:2000(size=256) memory:f0610000-f0610fff(prefetchable) memory:f0600000-f060ffff(prefetchable) memory:f0620000-f063fff
Then I checked to see if Puter see's the access point.... benita@benita-laptop:~$ sudo iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth1 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:21:04:B5:79:2E
Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
Quality:5/5 Signal level:-26 dBm Noise level:-92 dBm
Encryption key:off
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 22 Mb/s
6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s
36 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s

pan0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
I also can not find any GUI for a network scan anywhere in this operating system. I've got network connections , network settings , network tools, all of which do not do anything. Any idea's out there? Thanks for taking the time.

Link to this post 16 Mar 10

I personally have not used ubuntu netbook remix, but I am sure that there has to be a gui to attach to wifi networks.

By what I can see in the screenshot at the networking gui should be at the top of the screen as in normal ubuntu, if you click on the icon that looks like a monitor then it should display the network options.

Can we get some ubuntu netbook remix user to chime in here?

Link to this post 17 Mar 10

You need to install the firmware for the card. The driver alone is not enough.

Link to this post 17 Mar 10

looks to me like it's working just fine. eth1 is your 802.11 card. does it not show up in network manager? Network manager should be one of the tiny icons in the upper right hand corner of the ubuntu netbook remix desktop. The card is clearly working because you were able to see an SSID being advertised. And it seems that the SSID is not protected, so you chould be able to just click on it on the drop down list that appears when you click on the Network Manager icon.

Link to this post 17 Mar 10

Yup, that's how it works on my ubuntu netbook edition install. Also, make sure there are no switches on your computer that turn wifi on and off, my computer has one and sometimes I don't realize i have it in the off position.

Link to this post 17 Mar 10

sudo -s

tar xjf b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
cd b43-fwcutter-012
cd ..

export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
tar xjf broadcom-wl-
cd broadcom-wl-
sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-012/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o


then reboot

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