View Full Version : [ubuntu] Dell Inspiron 530s Ubuntu 11.10 Wireless Firmware Not Installed
October 14th, 2011, 05:16 AM
I installed Ubuntu 11.10 and now my wireless card does not have a firmware.
I tried looking for "additional drivers", but nothing comes up.
I typed in iwconfig and it tells me the following:
lo - no wireless extension.
eth0- no wireless extension.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID: off
Can I get some step by step help such as:
1. DO this.
2. Do this.
3. Do this and you should be good.?
October 14th, 2011, 03:17 PM
Also, it cannot recognize the firmware for broadcom corporation bcm 4318 (air force one 54g) 802.11g
October 14th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Can you post the output of lspci from a terminal window. Different wireless cards require different firmware, and since we don't know which model is yours, helping you is not going to be easy.
October 15th, 2011, 03:05 AM
I don't want to or mean to hijack this issue but I have the same exact problem. One thing I can add, is the Ubuntu 11.04 release I replaced with 11.10 worked fine and found a restricted hardware driver for this machine. In my case it is a Dell XPS M140
Boradcom Corporation BCM4318 [Airforce One 54g]802.11g Wireless LAN controller (rev 2)
This is a serious regression, I vaguely recall years back Ubuntu had this issue with this same laptop but it's be a couple of years * 2/year where it worked fine.
NOTE: I happened across the following which worked for me...
# sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
It would be nice if someone could explain why Canonical could not ship with the restricted drivers. I always thought that was what separated them from Fedora.
October 16th, 2011, 12:58 AM
Thank you! That worked. I had to literally bring my computer to the wall jack with the ethernet cord. Hook up to the internet that way, and then run that command in the terminal :)
October 16th, 2011, 07:53 PM
For the sake of the archives - I'm using a Dell Latitude D620 with the Broadcom 4311 adapter. Using Xubuntu 11.10, the STA driver offered by default does not work and the firmware-b43-installer package was needed instead.
October 26th, 2011, 11:35 PM
That's great. For completeness you should mark this as solved. Also, somewhere, in researching this for myself (have have a Dell XPS M140) someone (don't know how authoritative) that Canonical can no longer offer the restricted drives for copyright reason. Had I already mentioned that?
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