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paulskycaptain
February 26th, 2012, 02:33 AM
Hello.

I just installed Ubuntu on my Dell Inspiron 6400, replacing Windows Vista.
Everything's looking nice so far, however I am at a loss as to how I can get my wireless connection working.
In Additional Drivers it says the Broadcom STA wireless driver is activated and currently in use, however I cannot figure out how to actually hook up to the wireless network.
This seems like a simple issue, but I can't figure it out for whatever reason.
Right now I'm chalking it up to my unfamiliarity of Ubuntu :P
any help is greatly appreciated!
thanks

paul

enjoijesus94
February 26th, 2012, 02:36 AM
Hello.

I just installed Ubuntu on my Dell Inspiron 6400, replacing Windows Vista.
Everything's looking nice so far, however I am at a loss as to how I can get my wireless connection working.
In Additional Drivers it says the Broadcom STA wireless driver is activated and currently in use, however I cannot figure out how to actually hook up to the wireless network.
This seems like a simple issue, but I can't figure it out for whatever reason.
Right now I'm chalking it up to my unfamiliarity of Ubuntu :P
any help is greatly appreciated!
thanks

paul
Hello welcome to ubuntu linux

can you give the output in terminal

go to
Applications > accessories > terminal
and paste this inside it and press enter

lspci

fcomstoc
February 26th, 2012, 02:37 AM
if you click on the network icon in the top taskbar it should list the available networks if your wireless card is on and working. You can then select one and enter the password.

enjoijesus94
February 26th, 2012, 02:39 AM
if you click on the network icon in the top taskbar it should list the available networks if your wireless card is on and working. You can then select one and enter the password.

i think hes having problems installing it
maybe to do something with the wireless card itself.

UltimateCat
February 26th, 2012, 02:53 AM
Once you know which NIC Network Interface Card you have you'll know what you are dealing with.

Almost all of the Realtek RTL's need drivers....at least mine did and until I installed the driver I could not get my wireless connection to work in Ubuntu 10.04

http://www.official-drivers.com

If your card isn't a Realtek try Googling what your " lspci" result gives you

Best regards

westie457
February 26th, 2012, 02:55 AM
Hi, welcome to UF.

As it has already been suggested that you open a terminal and run a command, just going to ask that you change the command to
cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a

lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net

iwconfig

lshw -C network

lsmod

rfkill list all

Highlight all of the output and in a new reply paste between [ code] [/code] brackets by clicking on the # at the top of the message pane.

Thank you.

paulskycaptain
February 26th, 2012, 05:00 AM
Thanks for the help everyone;
here's the output:


paul@skycaptain:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=11.10
DISTRIB_CODENAME=oneiric
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 11.10"
Linux skycaptain 3.0.0-16-generic #28-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jan 27 17:50:54 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
paul@skycaptain:~$
paul@skycaptain:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Dell Inspiron 6400 [1028:01af]
Kernel driver in use: b44
--
0b: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
paul@skycaptain:~$
paul@skycaptain:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

paul@skycaptain:~$
paul@skycaptain:~$ lshw -C network
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
*-network
description: Network controller
product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
version: 01
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
resources: irq:16 memory:efcfc000-efcfffff
*-network
description: Ethernet interface
product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: 02
serial: 00:19:b9:74:a3:10
size: 100Mbit/s
capacity: 100Mbit/s
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=full ip=192.168.1.101 latency=64 multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
resources: irq:17 memory:ef9fe000-ef9fffff
WARNING: output may be incomplete or inaccurate, you should run this program as super-user.
paul@skycaptain:~$
paul@skycaptain:~$ lsmod
Module Size Used by
parport_pc 32114 0
ppdev 12849 0
bnep 17923 2
rfcomm 38408 0
bluetooth 148839 10 bnep,rfcomm
joydev 17393 0
dell_wmi 12601 0
sparse_keymap 13658 1 dell_wmi
snd_hda_codec_idt 60049 1
snd_hda_intel 24262 2
snd_hda_codec 91859 2 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm 80435 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
dell_laptop 13519 0
dcdbas 14098 1 dell_laptop
b44 31443 0
binfmt_misc 17292 1
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
snd_rawmidi 25241 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
ssb 50682 1 b44
snd_timer 28932 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
psmouse 73673 0
serio_raw 12990 0
r592 17808 0
wl 2646601 0
r852 17901 0
sm_common 16737 1 r852
nand 49706 2 r852,sm_common
nand_ids 8547 1 nand
nand_bch 13003 1 nand
bch 21757 1 nand_bch
nand_ecc 13070 1 nand
mtd 35852 2 sm_common,nand
memstick 15857 1 r592
radeon 929507 3
snd 55902 13 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_ hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_se q_device
lib80211 14570 1 wl
soundcore 12600 1 snd
wmi 18744 1 dell_wmi
video 18908 0
ttm 65224 1 radeon
snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
drm_kms_helper 32889 1 radeon
drm 192194 5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 radeon
lp 17455 0
parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
firewire_ohci 35854 0
sdhci_pci 13658 0
sdhci 27360 1 sdhci_pci
firewire_core 56937 1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
paul@skycaptain:~$
paul@skycaptain:~$ rfkill list all

paulskycaptain
February 26th, 2012, 05:34 AM
Found a fix!!
works like a dream:

$ sudo apt-get update

then:

$ sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

then:

$ sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

then:

$ sudo reboot


found here: http://nfolamp.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/ubuntu-11-10-getting-wireless-bcm4311-working/

westie457
February 26th, 2012, 09:34 AM
Glad you got it working. Enjoy your Ubuntu experirnce. Could you mark this as solved please using 'Thread Tools' at the top of the page.