View Full Version : [ubuntu] Wireless Trouble/Broadcom BCM4318 802.11g

January 17th, 2009, 07:06 PM
Hi, Iím having trouble getting my laptop to find wireless networks using Ubuntu. This seems to be a common problem from what Iíve read in other posts, but Iím pretty new to this and I just canít get it working. Any help would be appreciated. Here is some information Iíve tried to put togetherÖ Iím not sure what all of it means but maybe it will help.

I have a Dell Inspiron 2200
Ubuntu version 8.10
Network controller: Broadcom corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g wireless LAN controller

When I put these commands in here is what Iím getting.
Lo no wireless extensions
Eth0 no wireless extensions
Pan0 no wireless extensions
Sudo lshw Ėc network:
Network:0 unclaimed
Iwlist scan:
Most say Interface doesnít support scanning, but wlan0 says no scan results.
Uname Ėmr:
2.6.27-7-generic i686
Sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart:
Reconfiguring network interfacesÖ [ok]
When I search for drivers, it says there are no drivers in use, but Iím pretty sure my wireless card is enabled.

January 17th, 2009, 07:59 PM
You need to install the BCM43xx firmware. Your computer can see your card but doesn't have the drivers to talk to it.

Have a look at this (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=870086&highlight=bcm43xx+easy) thread. it should help.

January 17th, 2009, 08:22 PM
Thanks. I'll try this somewhere where I can hook up my computer to the internet using a cord.