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    Angry Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Hello everybody.

    I'm sorry for posting about something that has so many posts already, but I think my problem is somewhat specific/rare.

    I have read quite a bit, and tried a few remedies, with no solution as yet.

    After installing Ubuntu 12.04 on my HP Pavilion dv5000, my wireless card has no power running to it. I have pressed the button over and over again without it turning on. I have also installed the necessary drivers, as I tested all this before through a Wubi semi install before getting rid of Windows.

    My wireless card is BCM4318 Airforce 1 54g if that helps.

    I really really want to get better at using Linux but am becoming so frustrated! Why can't it just work??!!! hahaha

    If anyone can help, I will be eternally grateful!!!

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by linuxlunatics; March 18th, 2013 at 08:10 PM. Reason: Thread now solved!!

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    Re: Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Hi,

    Please post outputs of -
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    dmesg | grep -i firm
    And can you get a temporary cable connection on the system ?
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    Re: Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Check rfkill too:
    Code:
    rfkill list

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    Re: Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Quote Originally Posted by varunendra View Post
    Hi,

    Please post outputs of -
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    dmesg | grep -i firm
    And can you get a temporary cable connection on the system ?
    Thanks for your reply.

    I typed the code suggested into the terminal and got this -

    HTML Code:
    lenny@lenny-System-Product-Name:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    06:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:1356]
    	Kernel driver in use: wl
    --
    06:06.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:30a4]
    	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    lenny@lenny-System-Product-Name:~$ dmesg | grep -i firm
    lenny@lenny-System-Product-Name:~$ 
    Thanks for taking the time to help this utter noob out!

    And I do have the machine connected to the internet via ethernet cable.
    Last edited by linuxlunatics; March 18th, 2013 at 02:52 PM. Reason: Left out some information

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    Re: Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Hi, please do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
    Then:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
    Reboot
    Thanks

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    Re: Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Man View Post
    Hi, please do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
    Then:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
    Reboot
    ..and do this ^^ while being connected to the wired connection.
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    Re: Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Everybody, THANK YOU!!!

    Your above solutions have worked a treat, and like I said, I am eternally grateful!!

    Nice one!!!

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    Re: Newbee stuck with no power to wireless card :(

    Credit goes to Wild Man

    Please mark the thread as [Solved] now. Follow the link in my signature to see how.
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