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    Broadcom BCM4312

    Have just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my old HP Compaq 6720s...

    Hoping it would run quicker and simpler than Vista.

    At the moment i am regretting the move to ubuntu because i cant connect to my home or work wireless internet connection.

    Its just not as simple as vista. I have no experience with ubuntu i just want my work laptop to connect to the internet!

    Any help would be great... considering switching back to vista...

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    Once you solve the wireless piece, I think Ubuntu will indeed be simpler and faster than Vista. Let's see what kind of wireless card you have. Is it a PCI card built-in? Please open a terminal and run this command and post the result:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    The pipe symbol | is on the right side of my US keyboard on the same key with \.

    If your wireless device is USB, please post:
    Code:
    lsusb
    Thanks.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ lspci -nn grep 0280
    Usage: lspci [<switches>]

    Basic display modes:
    -mm Produce machine-readable output (single -m for an obsolete format)
    -t Show bus tree

    Display options:
    -v Be verbose (-vv for very verbose)
    -k Show kernel drivers handling each device
    -x Show hex-dump of the standard part of the config space
    -xxx Show hex-dump of the whole config space (dangerous; root only)
    -xxxx Show hex-dump of the 4096-byte extended config space (root only)
    -b Bus-centric view (addresses and IRQ's as seen by the bus)
    -D Always show domain numbers

    Resolving of device ID's to names:
    -n Show numeric ID's
    -nn Show both textual and numeric ID's (names & numbers)
    -q Query the PCI ID database for unknown ID's via DNS
    -qq As above, but re-query locally cached entries
    -Q Query the PCI ID database for all ID's via DNS

    Selection of devices:
    -s [[[[<domain>]:]<bus>]:][<slot>][.[<func>]] Show only devices in selected slots
    -d [<vendor>]:[<device>] Show only devices with specified ID's

    Other options:
    -i <file> Use specified ID database instead of /usr/share/misc/pci.ids.gz
    -p <file> Look up kernel modules in a given file instead of default modules.pcimap
    -M Enable `bus mapping' mode (dangerous; root only)

    PCI access options:
    -A <method> Use the specified PCI access method (see `-A help' for a list)
    -O <par>=<val> Set PCI access parameter (see `-O help' for a list)
    -G Enable PCI access debugging
    -H <mode> Use direct hardware access (<mode> = 1 or 2)
    -F <file> Read PCI configuration dump from a given file
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ lspci -nn
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile GME965/GLE960 Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a10] (rev 0c)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile GME965/GLE960 Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a12] (rev 0c)
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile GME965/GLE960 Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a13] (rev 0c)
    00:19.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82562GT 10/100 Network Connection [8086:10c4] (rev 03)
    00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2834] (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:283a] (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:284b] (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:283f] (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2841] (rev 03)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 [8086:2847] (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2830] (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2831] (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2832] (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:2836] (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev f3)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801HM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller [8086:2815] (rev 03)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller [8086:2850] (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 82801HM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:2829] (rev 03)
    10:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ grep 0280

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    Welcome to Ubuntu!

    I know this sounds silly, but how comfortable are you with the user interface?
    Have you discovered where the network manager icon is? On the top right of the screen? Have you clicked and right-clicked on it?

    Please god, don't go back to vista.

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    Plug an ethernet cable in, it is necessary at this stage.

    Open a terminal, type in and run these two commands please.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43fwcutter
    
    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
    When this has finished wait a few seconds and click the Network Manager icon at the top of the screen. It looks like piece of pie.

    Any available networks will appear there, choose yours and enter details as necessary. You should be up and running.

    If nothing in network manager run
    Code:
    sudo modprobe b43
    and try Network Manager again.

    If there is no joy after trying all the above post the output of
    Code:
    lsmod
    Thank you.

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    thanks for helping guys!

    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ sudo apt-get install b43fwcutter
    [sudo] password for chris:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package b43fwcutter
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installerReading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    b43-fwcutter
    The following NEW packages will be installed
    b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
    0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 179 not upgraded.
    Need to get 22.4 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 110 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get:1 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal/main b43-fwcutter i386 1:015-14 [18.9 kB]
    Get:2 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ quantal/multiverse firmware-b43-lpphy-installer all 1:015-14 [3,434 B]
    Fetched 22.4 kB in 0s (91.9 kB/s)
    Selecting previously unselected package b43-fwcutter.
    (Reading database ... 152329 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking b43-fwcutter (from .../b43-fwcutter_1%3a015-14_i386.deb) ...
    Selecting previously unselected package firmware-b43-lpphy-installer.
    Unpacking firmware-b43-lpphy-installer (from .../firmware-b43-lpphy-installer_1%3a015-14_all.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...
    Setting up b43-fwcutter (1:015-14) ...
    Setting up firmware-b43-lpphy-installer (1:015-14) ...
    No chroot environment found. Starting normal installation
    --2012-12-09 16:06:27-- http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...8.10.4.tar.bz2
    Resolving downloads.openwrt.org (downloads.openwrt.org)... 78.24.191.177
    Connecting to downloads.openwrt.org (downloads.openwrt.org)|78.24.191.177|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 5986780 (5.7M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: `broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2'

    100%[======================================>] 5,986,780 211K/s in 27s

    2012-12-09 16:06:55 (213 KB/s) - `broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2' saved [5986780/5986780]

    Creating new firmware directory...
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_nomimo
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_router_apsta_1chipG
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_wl_sdstd
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_shared
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/diffupdate.sh
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_router_ap_1chipG
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_router_ap
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_router_ap_sdstd
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wl.mk
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wltunable_lx_router.h
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_router_sta
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wl_default
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wltunable_lx_router_1chipG.h
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wl_hnd
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_router_sta_1chipG
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_lx_router_apsta
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/config/wlconfig_apdef
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/README
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux/
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux/wl_sta.o
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux/wl.o
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux/wl_ap.o
    broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux/wl_apsta.o
    This file is recognised as:
    filename : wl_apsta.o
    version : 478.104
    MD5 : bb8537e3204a1ea5903fe3e66b5e2763
    Extracting b43/ucode5.fw
    Extracting b43/pcm5.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1initvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0initvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1initvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0initvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0initvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode11.fw
    Extracting b43/n0bsinitvals11.fw
    Extracting b43/n0absinitvals11.fw
    Extracting b43/n0initvals11.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode13.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0initvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1initvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0initvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode14.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0initvals14.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals14.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode15.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals15.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0initvals15.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode16.fw
    Extracting b43/n0bsinitvals16.fw
    Extracting b43/sslpn0initvals16.fw
    Extracting b43/n0initvals16.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0initvals16.fw
    Extracting b43/sslpn0bsinitvals16.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals16.fw
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ sudo modprobe b43
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    btusb 17950 0
    nls_iso8859_1 12617 0
    joydev 17161 0
    coretemp 13168 0
    snd_hda_codec_analog 75059 1
    hp_wmi 13616 0
    sparse_keymap 13658 1 hp_wmi
    snd_hda_intel 32515 2
    snd_hda_codec 111547 2 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 13272 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 80163 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_rawmidi 25382 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51255 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    microcode 18209 0
    snd_timer 24411 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14137 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    psmouse 84843 0
    b43 347284 0
    mac80211 461161 1 b43
    cfg80211 175375 2 b43,mac80211
    snd 61991 13 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,s nd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd _seq_device
    serio_raw 13031 0
    lpc_ich 16925 0
    soundcore 14599 1 snd
    bcma 34483 1 b43
    snd_page_alloc 14036 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    rfcomm 37276 12
    i915 457161 3
    parport_pc 31968 0
    bnep 17707 2
    ppdev 12817 0
    bluetooth 183228 22 btusb,rfcomm,bnep
    drm_kms_helper 45271 1 i915
    drm 230463 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit 13197 1 i915
    wmi 18590 1 hp_wmi
    video 18847 1 i915
    mac_hid 13037 0
    lp 13299 0
    parport 40753 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    usb_storage 39350 0
    ssb 50087 1 b43
    e1000e 174645 0
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ sudo modprobe b43
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ sudo apt-get install b43fwcutter
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package b43fwcutter
    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    btusb 17950 0
    nls_iso8859_1 12617 0
    joydev 17161 0
    coretemp 13168 0
    snd_hda_codec_analog 75059 1
    hp_wmi 13616 0
    sparse_keymap 13658 1 hp_wmi
    snd_hda_intel 32515 2
    snd_hda_codec 111547 2 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 13272 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 80163 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13132 0
    snd_rawmidi 25382 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 51255 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    microcode 18209 0
    snd_timer 24411 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14137 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    psmouse 84843 0
    b43 347284 0
    mac80211 461161 1 b43
    cfg80211 175375 2 b43,mac80211
    snd 61991 13 snd_hda_codec_analog,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,s nd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd _seq_device
    serio_raw 13031 0
    lpc_ich 16925 0
    soundcore 14599 1 snd
    bcma 34483 1 b43
    snd_page_alloc 14036 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    rfcomm 37276 12
    i915 457161 3
    parport_pc 31968 0
    bnep 17707 2
    ppdev 12817 0
    bluetooth 183228 22 btusb,rfcomm,bnep
    drm_kms_helper 45271 1 i915
    drm 230463 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit 13197 1 i915
    wmi 18590 1 hp_wmi
    video 18847 1 i915
    mac_hid 13037 0
    lp 13299 0
    parport 40753 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    usb_storage 39350 0
    ssb 50087 1 b43
    e1000e 174645 0

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    not very used to the interface at all!! i loved XP, and have windows 7 on my home Desktop... I am trying to give this old junk laptop a new life, have always been windows so this is all new to me...

    I have a wired connection no problem... have done the whole 192.168.1.1 stuff to get details about my home network and entered those into the Network Connection -> Wireless panel... and/ it just will not work, how do i know if my internal wireless card is recognized/installed...

    All i want this laptop for is using and editing my Excel work doc's and web use at work to sync with my android and Pc.

    Oh and to keep me entertained while flying for 12 hours...

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    chilli555 you are my hero!

    why cant it just do that from install? is it just the vast number of wireless cards?

    many thanks! now to have a fiddle! cough cough

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    screen is dark... any way to brighten it up! keyboard fn keys dont work!

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    Re: New to ubuntu, cant set up wireless!!! please help

    chris@chris-HP-Compaq-6720s:~$ lspci -nn grep 0280
    You forgot the pipe symbol I referred to above; however, we have what we need:
    Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315]
    Please try:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo modprobe wl
    Is it working now?
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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