March 16, 2010

Wireless Driver(s) Not Working

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.

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