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May 11th, 2009, 10:16 AM
Hi guys

i have an Acer 4420-5963 laptop and i recently installed ubuntu hardy heron on it and realised that the wireless antenna isnt working on ubuntu meaning that it works when i use vista but when i use ubuntu it says wireless internet is not compatible...

The problem is not with the router but with my laptop itself as my dads laptop is able to connect with the router and so does my laprop but with Vista only...
When i log in using ubuntu, i cannot even see the wireless option on the screen and even the light doesnt blink on my laptop to show that wireless is on...

I think that the drivers arent present but i am not sure and am unable to work this out...

please help me out here guys...

May 11th, 2009, 11:45 AM
Can you post the output of the terminal commands



lshw -C network

May 11th, 2009, 11:48 AM
Paste the o/p of


May 11th, 2009, 05:11 PM
for lshw -C network the output is:

description: Ethernet interface
product: 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 15
serial: 00:1d:72:35:00:71
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=sky2 driverversion=1.20 firmware=N/A ip= latency=0 module=sky2 multicast=yes
*-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: BCM4310 USB Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
version: 01
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list
configuration: latency=0

May 11th, 2009, 05:19 PM
there is no output coming from the following 2 commands:


this is really bugging me...

I went into the synaptic package manager and installed the latest version suitable of ndiswrapper...
it is now available in the system->administration as "windows wireless drivers", but when i run it, it says that there arent any windows wireless drivers available on deck but i can run wireless internet when i use Vista...

Maybe i can use WINE to make that windows wireless driver stored on the windows partition of my hard drive accessible from Ubuntu as well...

Am i going in the right direction here...
this is really frustrating me...
Thanks guys

May 11th, 2009, 05:23 PM
I tried to install Hardy on my laptop when I first got it... It didn't work. I was really disappointed because I wanted to run an LTS... but I installed Intrepid and it worked, and just recently upgraded to Jaunty... works great in those versions... however I just could not get the wireless to work under Hardy at all.

May 11th, 2009, 05:25 PM

sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter

May 11th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Thanks a lot you guys...
Its now working...

It seems the mistake i was doing was not installing Ndiswrapper properly...
I checked it out from this link:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Feisty_No-Fluff#Step%201:%20All%20BCM43xx%20-%20Install%20NDISWrapper%20and%20Blacklist%20Nativ e%20Driver

really helped A lot...

so happy...
thanks a million...