Broadcom Wireless network controller: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
HP 530 notebook computer
Wireless not working. The network manager applet doesn't even allow me to search for available networks. (Neither does the network manager applet tell me that the reason its not showing networks is because it can't detect the wireless driver. It would be helpful if it did).
The Broadcom wireless driver
This was installed by doing the menu System > Administration > Additional Drivers. It tells me it has installed the "Broadcom STA proprietary wireless driver".
If I type "sudo lshw -C network" in a terminal window it gives me the following information:
description: Network controller
product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:10:00.0
width: 32 bits
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
Ubuntu version: Ubuntu 11.04 - the Natty Narwhal
Request for help
Can someone please help me get this driver working?
A tuppeny's worth, as an aside
HP, one of the largest computer companies in the entire world, released this 530 laptop as some sort of horrible joke, it seems to me. An elderly relative of mine had the misfortune to buy it off someone unscrupulous enough to sell it. It came with Vista. It ran like a over-fed dog on a sunny afternoon. The relative asked for my help. I ended up putting Ubuntu on it. It was like putting the dog down. But the wireless card didn't work. The computer ended up gathering dust. What an utter waste of money. If you look on the forums, you see that these Broadcom network adapters had been a problem for years because they couldn't be bothered to release a linux driver. Broadcom seemed like some fat, lazy dog as well. I hope they get worms and fleas, and that they get old-dog bowel problems in the lobby of HP's corporate headquarters when they go there to gloat over the huge amount of money they made from selling this horrible laptop computer. And so now it seems there is at last a driver. But it doesn't work out of the box. What a surprise. Someone call a vet. Tell them they'll need rubber gloves.