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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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
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.