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November 23rd, 2008, 01:55 AM
My friends computer crashed a few weeks age. So I did the neighborly thing and formatted it with Ubuntu. everything went smoothly except for getting his internet to work. Its a gateway and connects wireless to a router.

I think the problem is his wireless card, it is a Broadcom 43xx wireless card.

He seem to be pretty enthusiastic about switching to Linux so i would really like to get it to work for him.

any advice is greatly appreciated.

November 23rd, 2008, 12:57 PM
What version of Ubuntu did you use? I just installed 8.04 on an everex
with a broadcom 43xx wireless card and it worked fine. A first I will admit.

Also , I had to do the install and updates with the HDD installed on my desktop, a problem with the DVDrom. FWIW I also used the live DVD.

November 24th, 2008, 07:21 PM
I used 7.10 because I was what I happend to have around, but I guess now I'm going to reformat with the latest version and see if that works.

November 25th, 2008, 11:27 PM
I didn't reformat, i downloaded the Debian packages and did the installation off-line. works perfectly and i successfully converted another one.

November 27th, 2008, 04:25 AM
He upgraded to 8.04 and it stopped working.

I think that he needs b43-fwcutter with 8.04 instead of b43xx. not real sure.

November 27th, 2008, 01:03 PM

I can only really speak for Intrepid Ibex and Broadcom. Which broadcom do you have? Mine is reported as follows:

andrew@skamandros:~$ lspci | grep -i broadcom
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 01)


December 2nd, 2008, 02:26 AM
It wouldn't work under 8.04 or 8.10
I had to reformat and put 7.10 back on it, then install bcm43xx (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Gutsy) off line

I tried getting the Debian packages for 8.10 here: http://packages.debian.org/etch/b43-fwcutter
but i couldn't get them to properly install or they just weren't doing for the driver.

I just thought it was weird that it would work under version 7 but not 8.
I formatted his brothers computer also and his wired connection hooked up on installation without a problem. Either way, problem solved.