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Thread: Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

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    Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

    Hi there,

    I have this old Dell laptop that I am trying to install Kubuntu 12.04 32 bit onto. I can't get it to install as it errs out with a screen load of information, that doesn't mean a great deal to me Here is the beginning of the message, any help to get Kubuntu installed would be much appreciated.

    kernel bug at include/net/cfg80211.h:2209!
    invalid opcode: 0000 [#1] SMP
    CPU 0
    Modules linked in: wl(P+) cfg80211 lib80211 d_crypt snd_hda_codec_idt_intel snd_hda_codec snd_hwdep ....... (and quite a few more)

    Maybe this laptop is too old and not a good fit for Kubuntu?

    Again, any help would be much appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400

    So, by selecting not to install the 3rd party software it looks like the installation is moving forward, but from what I have been reading maybe I won't be able to get the wireless working, which I really need to do since where the laptop will be located it will need to use the wireless connection.

    Hopefully other people have come across this issue and can recommend a way to fix it. Will keep you guys posted once I have Kubuntu installed.

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400

    Hi, welcome to the fora.
    Are you installing using wired internet access?
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400

    Yes, I did the install using a hard wired connection to the laptop, but now that I have Kubuntu installed I need to get the wireless card working. From some google searches that I did it looks like the Broadcom STA wireless card is a common issue, but I am hoping some kind person on here can help me to get this up and running so that I can move away from Windows Vista! I am a newbie to Kubuntu so please bear with me. From reading some of the google threads it seems the following command provides more information on the wireless card that I have in my laptop:

    dwilliams@Laptop2:~$ lspci -nnk|grep -iEA3 "(wireless|network|wlan)"
    0c:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:0007]
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: wl, ssb

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

    Yes, the BCM4311 is well-known. There should be lots of threads here providing a solution.

    Did you also apply all updates using the wired connection?
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

    Yes, as soon as I did the install I did an update. But still no luck with this I found one thread (http://askubuntu.com/questions/55868...rivers-bcm43xx) and was trying to follow that but if I try and uninstall bcmwl-kernel-source I am told that the package manage (or something like that) is already being used by another process. I've rebooted my laptop and still I get the same message when I try and uninstall using Muon. I can't even install anything new since I am told there is another process! Really frustrating

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

    Quote Originally Posted by dwilliams2 View Post
    Yes, as soon as I did the install I did an update. But still no luck with this I found one thread (http://askubuntu.com/questions/55868...rivers-bcm43xx) and was trying to follow that but if I try and uninstall bcmwl-kernel-source I am told that the package manage (or something like that) is already being used by another process. I've rebooted my laptop and still I get the same message when I try and uninstall using Muon. I can't even install anything new since I am told there is another process! Really frustrating
    What is the exact message? Usually, a message appears if Update Manager or Synaptic or Software Center is hanging open.

    Please see here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/39592...eless-problem/
    The Broadcom STA proprietary driver offered by the Additional Drivers tool is wrong for your Broadcom 4311 device.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

    Ok, so I tried the following from the command line:

    sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source

    and go the following message: dkpg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct this problem.
    The last time I ran 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' my laptop crashed on me

    If I try and remove the bcmwl-kernel-source from the package manger I get the following message:
    Unable to obtain lock. Another application seems to be using the package system at this time. You must close all other package managers before you will be able to install or remove packages.

    The only application I have open is the Muon package manager!

    I am at a complete loss now as I don't know how to get past this issue so that I can remove the bcmwl-kernel-source package.

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

    Another application seems to be using the package system at this time. You must close all other package managers before you will be able to install or remove packages.
    The only application I have open is the Muon package manager!
    Then close it and reboot. Now open a terminal ONLY and do:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    And if successful, then:
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    sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 9400, Broadcom BCM4311

    I have tried that...but will try again and report back.

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