I have not yet found an answer that seems to work. I could be wrong, but I assume my problem is no Internet connection otherwise I assume I could actually get around this.
Here is a brief background:
I installed Ubuntu 12.10 64-Bit on my Dell XPS M1550 and had things working properly. I was given a Dell Vostro 1500 and decided I wanted to install the hard drive from the XPS with the installed Ubuntu into the Vostro unit. I really didn't/don't want to reinstall if I can help it due to some of the data/configuration that I really don't want to have to redo.
After install the system boots up just fine and for the most part everything seems to work fine...except the wireless driver. I had ordered my XPS specifically with an Intel wireless driver but the previous owner of the Vostro went with the Broadcom. Worse yet, the ethernet adapter/port does not work so I currently have no Internet access at all.
If I launch "software sources" & "Additional Drivers", it identifies an option for Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA Wireless driver Source for the BCM4311. But directly under the option it says "This device is not working". I had assumed that was because I simply needed to install the proprietary drivers (still mostly think that). However after I try to enable it, I get a progress bar for installing it that stops part way through and then the "Do not use the device" option is reselected.
So, is there a way I can get this driver installed without having internet access? I feel my technical knowledge/comprehension is above "noob", but below proficient - so I like detailed steps when possible. I have the install media but have been unable to figure out how to get the system to extract the driver from it (assuming internet only install?). The only thing I have not yet tried was purchasing a USB style connecter & attempting hook into ISP modem/router via USB based connection. I would rather not deal with it if there is an easier method using a few commands and/or file I can download form another machine.
Thank you for any help you may be able to offer.