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    Wireless Problems

    Hi, all, I'm a new Ubuntu user, and, I know this has been asked quite a few times, but I appear to have a particularly special case...

    A week ago, I had the sudden urge to try out Ubuntu again, so, I re-installed it. It's worked great so far except for one thing -- the wireless doesn't work anymore!

    I have a BCM4315 wireless card in an Acer Extensa 4420. I've searched and searched and searched, tried solution after solution after solution, and cannot fix it. I dunno whether it's just not (easily) fixable, or if I'm simply trying to fix it the wrong way.

    I've already looked here and have tried bcm43xx as well as ndiswrapper with both a bcmwl6 and bcmwl5. Neither worked (gui diswrapper said that the hardware wasn't found).

    I've also tried the broadcom linux drivers. This got my computer to detect the wireless (ifconfig) for one session, but it couldn't connect. I then restarted, reactivated it, and it ceased to work.

    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Wireless Problems

    Did you try the drivers from system>administration>hardware drivers?

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    Re: Wireless Problems

    I can't, because I don't have internet on the laptop. Thank you for the response, though.

    Ok, update:
    I tried ndiswrapper again. Turns out I was using the wrong .inf file. ndiswrapper now says the hardware is present, however, I still cannot connect to the internet.

    Whenever I ifconfig, I cannot see the wireless device.

    Also, whenever I enter ndiswrapper -l in the terminal, I get this:
    Code:
    bcmwl6 : driver installed
        device (14E4:4315) present (alternate driver: ssb)

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    Re: Wireless Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by KommaH View Post
    I can't, because I don't have internet on the laptop.
    Did you try adding the CD as a software source?

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    Re: Wireless Problems

    I installed from a USB. Is there a way I can add that as a software source?

    EDIT: I tried putting it in /etc/apt/sources.list, but that didn't seem to help.
    Last edited by KommaH; December 11th, 2009 at 03:35 AM.

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    Re: Wireless Problems

    I don't know how to add USB as source, but it should work if you can.

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