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mringer
February 10th, 2015, 01:01 AM
Dell Inspiron, L-Ub 12.04, people have persuaded me I should upgrade to
14.04. I want to use the live CD because it is easier to back out if things go
wrong.

The most obvious problem is that it has a Broadcom card and I see that these
cards are still giving any amount of trouble. The only way I could get mine to
work was to install wicd and ndiswrapper. So I want to start by downloading
them. Please:

What are the package files for wicd and ndiswrapper for L-Ub 14.04?
Where can I find them?

Please dont anybody tell me I should do XYZ instead unless XYZ is very
reliable & comes with clear instructions.

Rex Bouwense
February 10th, 2015, 02:18 AM
I also have a Dell Inspiron. Mine is a very old 1000. The easiest way to install the correct drivers and firmware is to follow the "How To" in Ask Ubuntu
http://askubuntu.com/questions/55868/installing-broadcom-wireless-drivers
It is a pain to have to do that every time you change Operating Systems, but at least someone now has placed all the required information in one location.

mrgs
February 10th, 2015, 06:11 AM
The only way I could get mine to work was to install wicd and ndiswrapper.

This is unusual for a Broadcom card. Mostly they are easy to get to work without these tricks:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2214110

mringer
February 11th, 2015, 07:53 PM
Thank you who replied and especially for the advice to run lspci and
identify the card (done).

Essentially you said "use firmware-b43-installer "
so how can I download the package for L-UB 14.04 while I still have a
working network i.e. before I start to upgrade from 12.04 ?

Thank you

mrgs
February 11th, 2015, 10:36 PM
Don't upgrade. Do a fresh install of 14.04 using wired internet access.
When that works you use the advice in the link to get the Broadcom card running.