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January 9th, 2010, 06:35 AM

I recently installed Ubuntu onto my Dell laptop, the Karmic Koala release. I've had experience with Jaunty on my desktop, everything works fine there. However, I cannot use the wireless on this laptop. I've tried multiple fixes, but none of them work: firmware installation, driver installation through terminal as well as ndisgtk.

I don't know if this is important, but the ndisgtk program says my driver is invalid... I had to manually download the driver, as I wiped the laptop before installing ubuntu.

Any help would be appreciated... Thanks

EDIT: ndiswrapper gives me this error:

user@user-laptop:~/bcm4306$ ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 : invalid driver!
but as far as I can tell, for my BCM4306 wireless network controller, this is the appropriate driver...

January 10th, 2010, 04:18 AM

January 10th, 2010, 04:11 PM
I don't really want to be irritating, but it's quite urgent and I don't know what to do... So bump... Any suggestions on how I could troubleshoot the problem? Cause I'm not sure myself what it is...

January 10th, 2010, 04:14 PM
I don't really want to be irritating, but it's quite urgent and I don't know what to do... So bump... Any suggestions on how I could troubleshoot the problem? Cause I'm not sure myself what it is...

This thread should help you (about halfway down)


January 10th, 2010, 04:17 PM
Oh I just noticed you originally used ndiswrapper. We will probably need to either remove it or blacklist a couple of files. I will search and find them and get back.

January 10th, 2010, 05:32 PM
Additional information--someone in the same state.


Especially see post #3

January 13th, 2010, 01:26 AM
ok, I'll try those threads for help then... thanks for responding. :)

I get the feeling that in order to use any of the howtos, I need to undo a lot of my actions... But i don't know how to remove ndiswrapper, for one... Also, I don't see anything in Hardware Drivers, except NVIDIA...

January 14th, 2010, 03:24 PM
Before I screw up the computer any more... I'm not sure what I have to undo. This is my terminal history, could someone enlighten me as to what I'd have to do?

1 sudo aptget-install ndiswrapper-utils
2 sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils
3 sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
4 ndiswrapper
5 sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common
6 sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
7 sudo lshw -C network
8 sudo ndiswrapper -i /home/user/Desktop/bcmw5.inf
9 sudo ndiswrapper -i /home/user/Desktop/bcmwl5.inf
10 sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
11 sudo lshw -C network
12 sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
13 ndiswrapper -l
14 lspci -nn
15 site:ndiswrapper.soureforge.net 14e4:4320
16 mkdir ~/bcm4306
17 mkdir ~/ndiswrapper
18 sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
19 sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces
20 echo 'blacklist bcm43xx' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
21 sudo nano /etc/iftab
22 sudo apt update
23 sudo aptitude update
24 sudo aptitude install build-essential
25 user -r
26 uname -r
27 sudo aptitude install linux-headers-2.6.31-17-generic
28 sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.6.31-17-generic /lib/modules/2.6.31-17-generic/build
29 wget ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33001-33500/sp33008.exe
30 cd
31 sudo aptitude install cabextract
32 cd ~/bcm4306
33 cabextract sp33008.exe
34 sudo ndiswrapper -i bcwl5.inf
35 sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
36 sudo depmod -a
37 sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
38 wconfig
39 iwconfig
40 lspci
41 ndiswrapper
42 sudo apt-get remove ndiswrapper
43 ndiswrapper
44 make uninstall ndiswrapper
45 sudo apt-get remove ndiswrapper
46 sudo rmmod ndiswrapper
47 ndiswrapper
48 sudo apt remove ndiswrapper
49 apt remove ndiswrapper
50 sudo apt-get remove ndiswrapper
51 echo 'blacklist bcm43xx' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
52 gksu gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
53 sudo wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/ndiswrapper/ndiswrapper-1.46.tar.gz
54 tar xvzf ndiswrapper-1.28.tar.gz
55 tar xvzf ndiswrapper-1.28.tar.gz
56 cd ndiswrapper-1.46
57 make distclean
58 make
59 sudo make install
60 ndiswrapper
61 ndiswrapper-1.46$ sudo wget ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33001-33500/sp33008.exe -O${HOME}/sp33008.exe
62 cd ndiswrapper-1.46
63 sudo make install
64 cd ~install_flash_player_10_linux
65 sudo apt-get install linux headers- 'uname -r'
66 user@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
67 sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`
68 sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-`uname -r` /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build
69 cd ndiswrapper-1.46
70 ndiswrapper -v
71 sudo wget ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp33001-33500/sp33008.exe -O${HOME}/sp33008.exe
72 cd~
73 cd ~
74 mv sp33008.exe bcm4311
75 cd bcm4306
76 cabextract sp33008.exe
77 sudo ndiswrapper -i bmcw15.inf
78 sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
79 ndiswrapper -l
80 installed drivers:
81 xrandr --output VGA --mode 1024x768
82 xrandr --output VGA --off
83 cd /
84 cd /lib/firmware/b43
85 ls -alt
86 cd ..
87 cd /b43legacy
88 cd b43
89 ls
90 ls l*
91 cd ..
92 cd /
93 ls
94 cd /lib/firmware/b43
95 cd ..
96 cd /b43legacy
97 ls
98 cd b43legacy
99 ls -alt
100 ndiswrapper -l
101 whereis ndiswrapper
102 man ndiswrapper
103 pwd
104 man ndiswrapper
105 man ls
106 h
107 hist
108 pwe
109 pwd
110 ls
111 cat
112 cd 7
113 cd /
114 ls
115 cd boot
116 ls
117 cd ..
118 ls
119 cd etc
120 ls
121 cat ts.conf
122 ls
123 cat ts.conf | pg
124 vi ts.conf
125 vi xxx
126 history > mycmds.txt
127 history
sorry if it's long or messy...

January 14th, 2010, 04:12 PM
If you are still interested in removing ndiswrapper and trying the other methods see this thread. Or you could start over with nidswrapper and try again, your choice. I think I would try the native drivers first. You can always return to the ndiswrapper methodology if need be.


January 15th, 2010, 08:01 AM
after typing sudo modprobe -r ndiswrapper, i get this:

WARNING: All config files need .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper, it will be ignored in a future release.
WARNING: All config files need .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, it will be ignored in a future release.

EDIT: after using synaptic to uninstall, ndiswrapper is now gone. But i'm still stuck without wireless, even after following the steps here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1314852&highlight=BCM4306

I used the 3rd method, followed it as best as I could, but the wireless isn't up.

January 19th, 2010, 12:44 PM

anybody? I don't know what i should do now...