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    12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    hello, folks!
    i have a dell vostro 1500. i'm dual-booting windows xp and ubuntu 12.04.

    the trouble is, the network menu has no "wireless" option at all. i tried following the directions from the sticky in the "networking & wireless" forum, but it didn't help.

    my wireless driver is a broadcom bcm4311 sta, and it says it's active and working properly.
    any suggestions? thanks so much!

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    Hi, welcome to the forum! Please open a terminal ctrl+alt+t copy and paste the following commands into it one line at a time, then paste the results here:

    Code:
    cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    lsusb
    iwconfig
    rfkill list all
    lsmod
    here by clicking on new reply and click # and paste the information between the brackets.
    Thank you

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    thanks for taking the time to lend a hand!

    here's what i got:
    Code:
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04 LTS"
    Linux lappy 3.2.0-24-generic-pae #37-Ubuntu SMP Wed Apr 25 10:47:59 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
        Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0228]
        Kernel driver in use: b44
    --
    0c:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:0007]
        Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth1      no wireless extensions.
    0: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    Module                  Size  Used by
    snd_hda_codec_idt      60251  1 
    joydev                 17393  0 
    dell_wmi               12601  0 
    sparse_keymap          13658  1 dell_wmi
    snd_hda_intel          32765  5 
    snd_hda_codec         109562  2 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep              13276  1 snd_hda_codec
    b44                    31364  0 
    snd_pcm                80845  3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi           13132  0 
    snd_rawmidi            25424  1 snd_seq_midi
    ssb                    50691  1 b44
    snd_seq_midi_event     14475  1 snd_seq_midi
    dell_laptop            13671  0 
    wl                   2646601  0 
    rfcomm                 38139  0 
    bnep                   17830  2 
    parport_pc             32114  0 
    dcdbas                 14098  1 dell_laptop
    bluetooth             158438  10 rfcomm,bnep
    ppdev                  12849  0 
    snd_seq                51567  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              28931  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    psmouse                72919  0 
    r852                   17901  0 
    r592                   17808  0 
    snd_seq_device         14172  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    serio_raw              13027  0 
    sm_common              16737  1 r852
    memstick               15857  1 r592
    nand                   49667  2 r852,sm_common
    nand_ids                8547  1 nand
    mtd                    35584  2 sm_common,nand
    nand_bch               13003  1 nand
    bch                    21757  1 nand_bch
    nand_ecc               13070  1 nand
    i915                  414603  3 
    snd                    62064  18 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore              14635  1 snd
    lib80211               14040  1 wl
    snd_page_alloc         14108  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    drm_kms_helper         45466  1 i915
    drm                   197692  4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit           13199  1 i915
    mac_hid                13077  0 
    wmi                    18744  1 dell_wmi
    video                  19068  1 i915
    lp                     17455  0 
    parport                40930  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    firewire_ohci          40172  0 
    firewire_core          56906  1 firewire_ohci
    crc_itu_t              12627  1 firewire_core
    sdhci_pci              18324  0 
    sdhci                  28241  1 sdhci_pci
    let me know if any of this helps! (sure is a lot of it, too...)

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    (ignore this post; i'm just signing up to get emailed about the thread)

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    Hi, please do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
    then:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
    watch for errors, then unlug your wired connection and reboot.
    Thanks

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    that did it! hole in one. thanks so much!

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    Quote Originally Posted by wildmanne39 View Post
    Hi, please do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
    then:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
    watch for errors, then unlug your wired connection and reboot.
    Thanks
    I was having same/similar problem with Kubuntu 12.04 on my Acer Aspire 5610z laptop with BCM-4311 wireless, and this fixed it perfectly. Thanks so much.

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    Quote Originally Posted by wild man View Post
    hi, please do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
    then:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
    watch for errors, then unlug your wired connection and reboot.
    Thanks


    thank youuuuuuuuuuuu mr wildman that fixed my problem thank youuuuu

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    Thank you sir

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    Re: 12.04 wireless issue - driver is active, but no networks

    It works for me to, in Vostro 1500 Ubuntu 12.04. THANKS WILD MAN

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