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Old 05-25-2009, 11:37 PM   #1
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ubuntu 9.04: Not detecting wireless network driver(DELL Inspiron 600m, broadcom 4306)


I recently installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a 6-year old Dell Inspiron 600m. I am facing difficulties to get the wireless network driver to be detected.

To check the chipset and PCI-ID, I did the following -
~$ lspci -vnn | grep 14e4
Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4d64]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet [14e4:165d] (rev 01)
02:03.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
I checked the site as per instructions on an Ubuntu forums, where it tells me that PCI-ID 4320 is "not supported".

Is there any way I can get my wireless driver (and thus network) to be detected on Ubuntu 9.04?
The funny thing is, it worked perfectly on Ubuntu 8.04, and has not worked on any subsequent releases.

Are there any other distributions that do not give this problem? Debian (Lenny), or any slackware, etc?

Could someone explain what exactly the problem is, and what are the steps I should take to report it? Is this a 'bug'?

Thank you

PS : My wireless card works fine on Windows (I use dual-boot).
Old 05-26-2009, 01:45 AM   #2
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wireless drivers

Goto Sys - Admin - hardware drivers and install the wireless drivers.
Old 05-28-2009, 05:08 AM   #3
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I installed the driver. It was after installing the driver that I got the above mentioned error message.


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