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100percentnoob 01-12-2011 11:55 PM

Can't get Ubuntu 10.10 to recognise my wireless connection.
My wireless internet works fine on Windows but not on Ubuntu 10.10
From researching the problem, the best advice I have found was to install ndiswrapper, locate the .inf file and install it through that. I have done so and that seems to have done nothing. Then I heard that you were supposed to run the command:

modprobe ndiswrapper
All that did was give me an error message about how that action was prohibited (or some such).
I'm wondering if this is possible to fix on Ubuntu or if I will have to find something else.
Also, the wireless driver I am trying to use is bcmwl6 which funnily enough seemed to have a package on the boot cd to install it.
That package didn't work and just gave me and error message telling me there was a programming error in it.
I'm sorry I wasn't particularly detailed with the messages I was getting, this is because I am currently on Windows and finding those again would mean rebooting and losing this post. I can get them though if they are particularly needed. I know this seems to be a commonish problem but I haven't found a solution (yet) that has worked for me.
Help would be much appreciated.

EDIT: Never mind. I figured it out myself a different way

EDDY1 01-12-2011 11:58 PM

During install did you select non-free drivers?

EDDY1 01-13-2011 12:06 AM

lspci lets you know if wireless driver is installed.

EDDY1 01-13-2011 12:11 AM

Click on network icon and see if you see network and connect.
You might have to inout network key(password) if secure connection.

yooy 01-13-2011 01:31 AM

can you list installed drivers by:
ndiswrapper -l

3 ways to install wlan on linux

100percentnoob 01-14-2011 12:04 AM

Oops, never mind
Managed to get it working by plugging in my ethernet cable and installing the STA driver.
Took me a while to figure out but eventually did it from a guide on the internet that I can't seem to find anymore.
Unfortunately, this method requires me to run:

~$ sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb wl
~$ sudo modprobe wl

every time I log in. Not the most efficient but at least it works

EDDY1 01-14-2011 12:44 AM

Ubuntu has a section that installs additional drivers under System Tab either admin or preferences

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