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Old 10-13-2013, 11:08 PM   #1
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Angry linux wi-fi setup.

I have recently decided to upgrade my laptop to linux. I thought the 2 that best met my needs were Ubuntu and Mint. I set-up both for usb stick boot. They both worked fine until I tried to setup wi-fi.I have checked numerous site trying to find help. They will mostly make it sound easy, but no go. I have tried several but I don't even get radio icon. In answer to the question that will be asked yes I tried fn/f2 keys with no success
By the way the distros were 13.04 for Ubuntu and 15 for mint.

I have a dell latitude with broadcom bcm4318 chipset. I would hate to go back to Xp but have no other options since I only have wireless access for my laptop. It worked fine on XP but I get absolutely no respose on either distro. Any help would be appreciated

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Old 10-14-2013, 01:06 AM   #2
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you may need a wireless usb adaptor because linux dont read broadcom.. i had same problem then i bought a alfa wifi adaptor no more problems with wifi after that
Old 10-14-2013, 01:17 AM   #3
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In theory, b43 should work fine for that chipset. You just need to get the firmware installed in order for the driver to work.
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Use the link that Timothy sent you and it will work! Make sure that you have the correct driver!
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You are sure the wireless has been enabled? Newer Dell Laptops do have a wireless control key, most are Fn-F2. On Dell Laptops the wireless is off by default.


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