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July 7th, 2012, 03:53 AM
Hello I am new to ubuntu so I downloaded it alongside of windows. I like everything about it so far except...
I cant seem to enable my wifi, I have a hard switch on the side. (which is on)
I go to the terminal and it says that the hard block and soft block are on
So I tried to rfkill unblock all, to see no change.
I have the sta driver it downloaded automatically and says its active.
The laptop I am using is a dell vostro 1320
please help

July 7th, 2012, 05:04 AM
Please post back the output of:


Bucky Ball
July 7th, 2012, 05:08 AM
Please post back the output of:


... or:

sudo lshw -C network

That will tell us more ... ;)

I know this sounds too simple and you've probably looked, but when you right click the network icon do you have 'Enable Wireless' and 'Enable Networking' both ticked? Sometimes this can untick for some reason.

July 7th, 2012, 07:33 PM
The enable wireless is uncheckable as it says my hard switch is on though it isn't, and I know its not broken cause it works in windows just fine.
here is the result of the sudo lshw -C network command

Bucky Ball
July 7th, 2012, 07:41 PM
Ok. Have you gotten online with an ethernet cable, gotten updates, then checked 'Additional Drivers'??? You have a Broadcom card which should work fine. If you haven't done that, do it and post back.

If you have and there's nothing there, install:


Pretty sure that second one is right but you should see it there. The one with b43, firmware and installer in the name. :)

UPDATE: Seems you need a slightly different installer and routine. Check '6. Answers' down the page here from the line starting at '5 This is a common problem to Broadcom wireless chip.':


July 7th, 2012, 10:53 PM
ok updated and I already had the additional driver that was offered.
where do I go to get b43-fwcutter I am having trouble downloading it. I am not very Ubuntu savvy yet

Bucky Ball
July 7th, 2012, 10:58 PM
Depending on the release Software Centre or Synaptics Package Manager. Don't forget the firmware-b43-lpphy-installer also. Follow this:

Do the following, run
sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source in terminal. If the command run successfully try to switch on wireless. If it doesn't work or the command failed saying there is no such module, then
Open ubuntu software center, search and install the following packages,


Reboot once. Now the wireless should work.

... from the link I provided. You need to be online with a cable to do this procedure.

July 8th, 2012, 04:00 PM
I did sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source in the terminal, and downloaded b43 and b43 installer from software center, and rebooted several times. Still no luck I can't tell that anything has changed, I don't understand this
The enable wireless still just won't let you enable it
Thank you for helping me as long as you have.