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    Smile lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Hello everyone,

    In anticipation of ubuntu phone, I've decided to install lubuntu onto an old netbook I've have sitting around for quite a while now, the Lenovo s10-2. Figure that I better get comfortable a basic, ubuntu-based distro now as I've never really been successful with linux in the past.

    after a quick few google searches, results are mixed as to whether or not my netbook is linux-compatible at all. On one hand they say that if it's broadcom, you're stuck; on the other, I see a few folks --forum threads and youtube vids-- using this netbook with ubuntu no problems. A friend mentioned ndiswrapper to me last night. Might this provide a solution? Any other ideas?


    Thanks so much!

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Have you tried:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-cutter
    or

    Code:
    sudo apt-get firmware-b43-installer
    You'll probably have to connect to a wired connection for this, but if I remember correctly one of these fixed an issue I had with my BroadCom card a few years ago.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Thanks so much for your quick reply!

    sorry if this is a silly question:
    After entering the first suggested command into terminal, it asks me for a sudo password. I tried to enter in my system password, but it wouldn't accept any input at all. I then disabled the sys password in hopes that it wouldn't prompt me next time, but, sure enough,it did. What do I do?

    edit: so the sudo is just the password-- got it. but why won't it let me enter anything? going to go reboot and try again after disabling pword.
    Last edited by hexagondun; March 8th, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Hi, when you type in sudo and it asks for a password
    the pasword you enter is not echo'd back. (you wont
    see what you type) this is normal. I would suggest activating
    your password for security. also, to determine what type
    of wireless card you have and what drivers you need please copy
    and paste this command...

    Code:
    lspci -nn | egrep '0200|0280'
    thanks.
    Craving anchovy, herring and squid pizza.....with clam sauce

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    just realized that it was just invisible, but even so it was giving me an error. anyway, i had some funky stuff going on and after rebooting it wouldn't allow me to log in as admin as all...

    ...so i reinstalled lubuntu!

    ill type those commands now. gotta go to the other room to hardwire the to the router

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    turns out i have the broadcom BCM4312. Quick google search yields loads of promising results with ndiswrapper, but im having problems with step 4, i think the error was "command does not exist" or something. any updates on these broadcom wifi cards?
    is ndiswrapper the only way?

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Hi, no dont load that driver, thats a last resort
    driver to load. Your card is a broadcom 4312
    that is just the card number,it doesnt relate to
    the driver.There is a [14e4xxx] that determines
    what driver you need. so please post the results of...

    Code:
    lspci -nn | egrep '0200|0280'
    thanks
    Craving anchovy, herring and squid pizza.....with clam sauce

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hadaka View Post
    Hi, no dont load that driver, thats a last resort
    driver to load. Your card is a broadcom 4312
    that is just the card number,it doesnt relate to
    the driver.There is a [14e4xxx] that determines
    what driver you need. so please post the results of...

    Code:
    lspci -nn | egrep '0200|0280'
    thanks
    thanks so much for the guidance.

    here's whatis displayed in term after i paste that command:


    Lenovo-IdeaPad-S10-2:~$ lspci -nn | egrep '0200|0280'
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)


    thanks again!

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Avoid ndiswrapper. The info you're looking at there is probably old as ndiswrapper is largely superseded for Broadcom via the b43 driver.

    You need both b43-fwcutter AND firmware-b43-installer.

    If you have ndiswrapper installed this may prevent success with the b43, or any other, wireless driver. Uninstall it totally.

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    Re: lenovo wifi card drivers?

    Hi
    BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315]
    Code:
    #removes ndiswrapper
    
    sudo modprobe -rfv ndiswrapper
    sudo apt-get remove --purge ndisgtk ndiswrapper*
    sudo rm /etc/modprobe.d/ndis*
    sudo rm -r /etc/ndiswrapper/*
    #install
    Code:
     sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo modprobe wl
    Craving anchovy, herring and squid pizza.....with clam sauce

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