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Need to install Broadcom 4306 PCI driver in Ubuntu

Link to this post 13 Aug 10

Just wiped my old XP machine and put Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) on my old Dell laptop - and cannot figure out how to install the necessary wireless driver so I can get it back online! Even tried following one thread to hardwire it - and I think the ethernet port driver is also not on there (not needed going forward either way). I've tried installing what is supposed to be the driver a few different ways. Can anyone help me - starting from scratch - with what to do to get this on-line?

Link to this post 13 Aug 10

You will have to tell us what the hardware specs are for "this old Dell laptop". You might also want to tell us how you tried installing the drivers and any error messages that might have come up. Most drivers are available in the Ubuntu repos. If you don't know what card/chipset your laptop is using, giving us the output of lspci (in terminal) will help a lot.

Link to this post 14 Aug 10

Dell Latitude D600, 512MB. Here's the info from the lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 81)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV250 [Mobility FireGL 9000] (rev 02)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet (rev 01)
02:01.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711EC1 SmartCardBus Controller (rev 20)
02:01.1 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711EC1 SmartCardBus Controller (rev 20)
02:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

When I double click on Hardware Drivers, I see Broadcom B43 wireless driver. When I try to activate it, I get:

Sorry, installation of this driver failed.
Please have a look at the log file for details: /var/log/jockey.log

That is a huge log file.

Link to this post 14 Aug 10

Without the details of why the installation failed we cannot give you much instruction.

You can use the command "sudo tail -n 50 /var/log/jockey.log" to get the last 50 lines of that file, if additional lines are necessary you can change the number from 50.

Link to this post 22 Aug 10

Did you have internet connection when you tried to activate the driver?

Link to this post 22 Aug 10

roobal wrote:

Did you have internet connection when you tried to activate the driver?

I doubt he did since he notes that both his wireless and wired interfaces aren't working.

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