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  1. #1
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    Jan 2009

    Problems with BCM4318 Wireless Card

    Hello, I am having a problem getting Ubuntu 10.10 (x64) to work with my wireless card (Broadcom BCM4318 ). I am aware there are many posts about this problem (or very similar) and I apologise in advance for probably wasting your time. However, I have been trying to follow the other posts and have ended up making matters worse.

    When I first installed Ubuntu the wireless card didn't work and when I clicked on the connection logo it said drivers missing (or something similar).

    I followed various forum posts and installed fwcutter, bcmwl-kernel-source and dkms. However, now when I run iwconfig or ifconfig, wlan0 no longer shows up and the wireless option is not visible in the connections icon (just wired connection). In a last ditch attempt, I installed ndiswrapper but this achieved nothing.

    I have no way of connecting the computer to the internet (I am currently using my laptop and transferring debians by memory pen)

    Thanks in advance for any help,
    Last edited by thk123; December 13th, 2010 at 11:37 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Re: Problems with BCM4318 Wireless Card

    WOW, a classic example of what not to do to get the Broadcom Hardware
    working......Mix-n-Match.........different methods......

    But, there is hope.......We just have to figure out what you did,
    reverse probably 90% of it, and then correct what remains. That
    means you need to be able to READ & FOLLOW Directions. So, the hard
    work is up to you.

    Go read this Posting, then post back the results of the first 7 commands.

    We'll go from there. You will be using Method #2, and using whatever
    Broadcom Driver Ubuntu 10.10 uses for default. You probably will need
    a Hardwire Ethernet connection to get all the Ubuntu updates before we
    start. That would be best. So, pop in at a friends place with your
    Ethernet cable and do the Update first.

    You also need to locate the Switch or the Keystrokes to Enable/Disable
    the Wifi. Just locate them so you can toggle them later......Don't
    mess with them for now.

    Also, I'd like a listing of all your Terminal commands. Open a Terminal
    Window and do:
    history > lk.txt
    Then attach lk.txt, so I can view it for now, and go over your commands.

    Last edited by lkraemer; December 14th, 2010 at 02:56 PM. Reason: Aded History file Info

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