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September 21st, 2008, 05:30 PM

I've been pointed here after trying to rectify a problem with my laptop. The other day I installed Ubuntu onto my laptop ( HP Pavilion dv6000) which already has Vista. Now this is the problem on Vista (such as now) wireless generally works fine and a blue light is lit by the wireless switch to show it is working. However on Ubuntu it is orange and wont work and will not find any networks to connect to. I know there are several including my own one in range. I've done a search on the forum and found some stuff relating to it, but it goes completely over my head. Are there any guides for morons ?

Thanks in advance ( sorry if i have broken any rules )

September 21st, 2008, 05:38 PM
First you need to find out what your wireless card is.

Open a terminal accessories > terminal in your menu and copy and paste

lspci -v into it
Then post the results back here.

September 21st, 2008, 06:01 PM
Copied into Word and came up as 7 pages.
I assume you only want this part

03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Unknown device 1375
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
Memory at f6000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Thanks again

September 21st, 2008, 06:03 PM
Ethernet controller`s the bit I want.

Try and get a wired connection to your laptop in Ubuntu
It`s a lot easier if you do

September 21st, 2008, 06:06 PM
:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 Ethernet (rev a2)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Unknown device 30cf
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 508
Memory at f6488000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
I/O ports at 30f8 [size=8]
Memory at f6489c00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
Memory at f6489800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16]
Capabilities: <access denied>

That it ?

September 21st, 2008, 06:15 PM
Sorry lets try a different tack

lshw -C network

Post results please

September 21st, 2008, 06:21 PM
Did a Google search of Ubuntu BCM94311MCG and several things were returned. The following thread explains how to get it working. Don't be concerned it's not the same laptop - it's the wireless adapter that's important at this point.


Dave :)

September 21st, 2008, 06:36 PM
What we are trying to do is find out exactly what your wireless card is.

Then we are going to download the windows xp drivers and use them in an app called ndiswrapper that will use windows drivers in linux.

If you can get a wired connection in your menus system > administration > synaptic package manager.

Click search and type ndis

Scroll down until you find ndisgtk ndiswrapper-common and ndis-utils-1.9(might be a different number). Check the boxes next to them and install them using the apply button.

Download the windows drivers and use ndisgtk (found in your menus somewhere, it`s called windows drivers or something like that) to install them. ie place the .inf and .sys files.

September 21st, 2008, 06:39 PM
Sorry lets try a different tack

lshw -C network

Post results please

nathan@nathan-laptop:~$ lshw -C network
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
description: Ethernet interface
product: MCP67 Ethernet
vendor: nVidia Corporation
physical id: a
bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.0
logical name: eth0
version: a2
serial: 00:1b:24:81:33:2d
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=forcedeth driverversion=0.61 latency=0 maxlatency=20 mingnt=1 module=forcedeth multicast=yes
description: Network controller
product: BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
version: 02
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0 module=ssb
*-network DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 1
logical name: wlan0
serial: 00:00:00:1a:73:94
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g

Just for sake of doing.

And thanks Dave I shall give it ago.

September 21st, 2008, 06:47 PM
Just for sake of doing.

Sorry 1st post was the relevant one but I`m trying to work here also and my kids are driving me nuts.:oops::D