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    Firmware missing (Dell Inspiron 2200)

    I just installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my old Inspiron 2200, and it won't connect to wireless internet. It says "device not ready (firmware missing)"

    I ran the command lspci -vvnn | grep 14e4 for details on my device and it showed

    Network Controlloer [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce 54g] 8.02.11a/b/g PCI Express Transceiver [14e4:4319] (rev 02)


    PLEASE HELP ME!

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    Re: Firmware missing (Dell Inspiron 2200)

    Hi,

    install the firmware via cable connection:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer

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    Re: Firmware missing (Dell Inspiron 2200)

    Quote Originally Posted by praseodym View Post
    Hi,

    install the firmware via cable connection:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
    That worked great. The device is working, however I still can't find any networks, even though on my other computer I'm connected wirelessly. Idea?

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    Re: Firmware missing (Dell Inspiron 2200)

    Check your router settings (firmware up-to-date? MAC-Filter off).

    Post the following:

    Code:
    dmesg | grep b43
    iwconfig
    rfkill list
    sudo iwlist scan
    lsmod

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    Re: Firmware missing (Dell Inspiron 2200)

    thanks a lot praseodym!

    where did you get the firmware command from?

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    Re: Firmware missing (Dell Inspiron 2200)

    "apt-get" is the terminal command for the software-center or the synaptic package manager.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AptGet/Howto

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