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czechhoslovakia 04-19-2012 06:18 PM

Wireless Network: "Device Not Ready (firmware missing)"
Hi Everyone,

I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my old Dell Inspiron 1440, but I can't get my wireless connection to work. When I open the connections menu in the top of gnome, it says that the device is not ready because firmware is missing. I click "Edit Connections" at this point, but I have no clue how to fill out the fields it's asking for, or even if that's the real problem. Has anyone encountered this before, or does anyone have a starting point for troubleshooting?



New2Linux2 04-19-2012 06:24 PM

I suspect your Inspiron is using one of the infamous Broadcom chipset wireless adapters. Open a command prompt and give us the output of lspci. Specifically looking for any reference to wireless.

frankbell 04-19-2012 09:42 PM

If it is a Broadcom chip (which Dell seems to favor), you can find the drivers in the Synaptic Package Manager by going to Settings-->Repostories and enabling the "Proprietary drivers for devices" repo.

Also, somewhere in the control center, probably under "hardware" or some such heading, should be an item for "Additional Drivers." I can't tell you exactly where, because I am not using Ubuntu right now.

czechhoslovakia 04-21-2012 06:58 PM

So the Synaptic Package Manager is no longer installed by default on Ubuntu 11.10, apparently.

The output of the lspci for the wireless is:

0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)

syg00 04-21-2012 07:12 PM

Have a look for "Additional Drivers" - basically proprietary drivers. It should offer the STA driver for that chip.

TroN-0074 04-21-2012 08:00 PM

Open up a terminal and install synaptic, you can do a

sudo apt-get install synaptic
Then you can manage your repositories from there. For some reason these kids in Canonical thought Ubuntu was too good to include Synaptic so they wanted to force people to only use the Ubuntu Software center.

But for what I understand Synaptic is back in Ubuntu 12.04 which is being officially release next week.

Good luck to you.

frankbell 04-21-2012 10:07 PM

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 Beta in VirtualBox last night to take a look at it and, yes, they have indeed taken Synaptic out of the base installation at least of that version. Synaptic is available as a "top-rated" download in the Ubuntu One thingee.

This sort of change, which seems to have more to do with branding than with serviceability, is one reason I abandoned Ubuntu.

I did look in System Settings which is the new Control Center and there is an "Additional Drivers" item under Hardware category. I can't test it for Broadcom on this computer, though.

ukiuki 04-22-2012 01:13 AM

Here you can find the firmware:


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