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  1. #1
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    Lost wireless driver on restart

    Ok I have a broadcom bcm4318 chipset wireless card. I have gotten it online, but everytime I reboot I have to
    Code:
    sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.0.o
    sudo b43-fwcutter --unsupported -w lib/firmware broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/wl_apsta_mimp.o
    sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb
    sudo modprobe b43
    to get reconnected to the router and the internet, now I am unsure if the first two steps are necessary, though it works. What can I do to make the changes permanent and not have to worry about doing this everytime I restart.

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    Re: Lost wireless driver on restart

    I am running Ubuntu 10.04 which I forgot to mention. Sorry.

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    Re: Lost wireless driver on restart

    Solution No1:
    Create a script in gedit or geany
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.0.o
    sudo b43-fwcutter --unsupported -w lib/firmware broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/wl_apsta_mimp.o
    sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb
    sudo modprobe b43
    save it, let's say as wireless, move it to your /etc/init.d directory
    Code:
    sudo mv wireless /etc/init.d
    and make it executable
    Code:
    sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/wireless
    Finally, run
    Code:
    sudo update-rc.d wireless defaults
    and your script should run upon every boot up.

    Solution No2:
    My recent adventure with a broadcom wireless chipset made me believe that the most stable and less error prone solution is ndiswrapper.

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    Re: Lost wireless driver on restart

    I have tried using ndiswrapper a few times and have not been able to get it to work with my machine, whether or not it is user error or what I do not know. Thank you for the work around, but I wonder if there is another way, as I have had it working before on a previous installation of the same Ubuntu build, but I have not been able to figure it out this time around.

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