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Old 09-01-2013, 12:27 PM   #1
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super newbie needs help with wireless


I installed version 12.04 on a dell mini and thought I set up my wireless with the network name and pass key but it just won't connect. I searched this forum and the web in general but have not found anything a newbie like me can really use/do.

Please....help....
 
Old 09-01-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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You need the Broadcom instructions I guess.

http://thegreyhats.blogspot.com/2012...m-drivers.html
 
Old 09-01-2013, 12:47 PM   #3
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Better instructions below.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1477215

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I had the very same problem on my vostro and I have the same broadcom card. The solution I found was simple. I just connected the computer to a cable and did an update just like ugm6hr said and everything worked fine.

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Old 09-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #4
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Thanks. I got as far as typing lcpsi (or whatever) in the terminal and see that I have a Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g....and I see the link instructions talking about a usb stick and getting several other files to make this work. Is it really this difficult to get wireless working?

I don't have a cable I can connect to bypass wireless.

What open source OS can I install that will more easily connect to my home wireless network?

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Old 09-01-2013, 03:45 PM   #5
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What open source OS can I install that will more easily connect to my home wireless network?
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Quite a few recent Puppies now have the wl driver built-in to the iso and no longer need this add-on pet - check the list below....

The Multi-Kernel pet attached below directly supports (the delta files are built-in) the following, mainly now superceded, 32-bit Puppies:

Wary 5.3 k2.6.32.59 (& Wary 5.5)
Slacko 5.3.3 for both k3.1.10-slacko_4gA and k3.1.10-slacko_paeA
Precise 5.4.2 Retro k3.2.32 (nopae)
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=76495

Since I avoided broadcom chips like the plague in my gear (Dell Products). I have no personal experience to pass on.

It is kinda tuff on getting broadcom working without a wired Internet
connection first.
 
Old 09-01-2013, 09:19 PM   #6
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You could try the b43 tarball from broadcom website, transporting it via pendrive.

Fred.
 
Old 09-01-2013, 10:37 PM   #7
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Version 12.04 of Ubuntu? If it's not Ubuntu, please tell us what distro you are using.

If you look in the Control Center, there should be a section for "Additional Drivers" or "Additional Hardware" or something like that.

With a wired connection in place, go there. Ubuntu may well find your Broadcom chipset and install the drivers.

The reason Broadcom and can be difficult to set up is that, until within the past three or four years, Broadcom offered no Linux support and provided no information that helped Linux developers implement Broadcom chipsets.

I have a Broadcom wireless HOWTO here at LQ which might help some: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ux-4175434970/
 
Old 09-01-2013, 11:06 PM   #8
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With a wired connection in place, go there. Ubuntu may well find your Broadcom chipset and install the drivers.
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I don't have a cable I can connect to bypass wireless.
OP already stated he has no ability to do ethernet. Would need to use a USB drive to manually install the drivers, then connect.
 
Old 09-01-2013, 11:10 PM   #9
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Thanks, Timothy_Miller, I missed that.

Perhaps OP can prevail upon a friend or neighbor to allow him to access a wired connection long enough to take care of this.
 
Old 09-02-2013, 01:08 AM   #10
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thanks for giving all the reasonable instructions here, that would really help us a lot its really an appreciable one for us
 
Old 09-02-2013, 04:57 PM   #11
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If you manage to get a cable by borrowing it or buying it, you can try this.

This worked for my Toshiba laptop using broadcomm wireless when I was using Mint 13 awhile back. I ran these commands
Code:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source
This will use the newer broadcomm STA driver. the b43 is depreciated on *buntu distros.

Next, go to the control center > Additional drivers

Choose the broadcomm STA driver and activate.

*** Using linux can be funny sometimes. What works for someone, sometimes doesn't work for others.

Last edited by LarryLQ; 09-02-2013 at 05:14 PM.
 
Old 10-02-2013, 01:02 PM   #12
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thanks...

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If you manage to get a cable by borrowing it or buying it, you can try this.

This worked for my Toshiba laptop using broadcomm wireless when I was using Mint 13 awhile back. I ran these commands
Code:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source
This will use the newer broadcomm STA driver. the b43 is depreciated on *buntu distros.

Next, go to the control center > Additional drivers

Choose the broadcomm STA driver and activate.

*** Using linux can be funny sometimes. What works for someone, sometimes doesn't work for others.
The second line of text with "--reinstall...." throws and error. Says something about "invalid operation bcmwl-kernel-source".

And I can't find the control center. Where is that?

Thanks again for all your help.
 
Old 10-02-2013, 01:07 PM   #13
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But I did find the "additional drivers" under "system settings". And I found the "broadcom STA wireless driver" and tried to activate it but I get an error message saying "sorry, installation of this driver failed".

I guess I need to find a data cable and go down to my DSL modem and hookup directly?

Last edited by dtwilder; 10-02-2013 at 01:31 PM.
 
Old 10-02-2013, 02:58 PM   #14
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A note the link "
Linux Network Administrators Guide Olaf Kirch, Terry Dawson" given by rokytnji seems to now take you to a suspicious looking connection.


Fred.
 
Old 10-02-2013, 05:40 PM   #15
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Perhaps the error message you get from the Additional Drivers tool is because you have no internet connection? Remember these tools look for software in the Ubuntu server. You really need to get connected through a wire first and install all update available for your system that way.

Once you do that chances are all the issues are going to be solved by your next reboot.
 
  


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