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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    I am temporarily stuck. Hopefully, a nights sleep will help. See you later.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    If there isn't a solution to this problem, would loading a previous version of Ubuntu help? Or at least be fixable.

    Is it possible that I solution my not exist?

    Would loading Ubuntu 11.10 and following the steps listed in the thread fix the problem?

    I'm not ready to do anything drastic yet. But it's nice having options.

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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    Hi, when you downloaded the file for 12.04...did you
    drag it to desktop, right click and select Extract here?
    Last edited by Hadaka; November 9th, 2012 at 04:10 AM.
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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by Hadaka View Post
    Hi, when you downloaded the file for 12.04...did you
    drag it to desktop, right click and select Extract here?
    Yep. I did exactly what you guys said. When that didn't work I tried running the command before actually extracting the file. Nothing.

    I could be totally wrong, but I think it's a matter of find the right file for my computer. I have nothing saved on this machine yet, so I wouldn't mind changing to a different version of Ubuntu if that's what would be required.

    I even have a CD that let me try Fedora from the disk. Looks pretty cool.

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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    Hi, those files and how they work need to happen
    in an orderly way, the command to run a file, wont
    unpack,run,or load if the file isnt there. The problem is
    your card..Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4365]
    isnt supported by Broadcom for use with linux/unix. With the exception
    of the vostro by dell, and i think even those are dell/linux drivers.
    so basically any linux/unix based os..kubuntu,fedora,whatever would have
    issues with the wireless card. But..hang in there if anyone can find a fix
    it will be chili555.
    Craving anchovy, herring and squid pizza.....with clam sauce

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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    Well that's just wonderful! I look forward to a solution.

    Would it help if I bought an external wireless card that plugged into the computer? I'd rather not have to do that, but if it's necessary.

    I also want to partition my hard drive and dual boat with Windows 7. A lot of the popular chess software isn't compatible with Linux.

    Is there a thread you could link me to?

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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    I may be unstuck. I see this:
    build/lib/wlc_hybrid.o_shipped_i386: No such file or directory
    And I read this, which involves unpacking the .deb file and making changes to the .c code: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=283824

    Before we give up and try more drastic measures, let's try it. I modified the code as suggested and compressed it as a tar.gz. Here is my Dropbox link: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/58267392/wi...00.0400.tar.gz

    Please download the file to your desktop so we can find it. Now do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential
    It may already be installed; that's fine, just continue. Right-click the package and select 'Extract Here.' Now back to the terminal.
    Code:
    cd Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400
    sudo su
    make
    make install 
    modprobe wl
    exit
    If there are any errors at 'make', stop and post them and we'll address them. If there are none, your wireless should be working.
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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    I just gave that a try and here are the results.

    After I download the file in your link, I input the terminal command and got the following.


    bigjoey@bigjoey-Inspiron-5720:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential
    [sudo] password for bigjoey:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    build-essential is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

    I then extracted the file as you directed. Here's what the terminal looked like after I put in the commands.


    bigjoey@bigjoey-Inspiron-5720:~$ cd Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400
    bigjoey@bigjoey-Inspiron-5720:~/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400$ sudo su
    root@bigjoey-Inspiron-5720:/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400# make
    KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd`
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-32-generic-pae'
    CFG80211 API is prefered for this kernel version
    Using CFG80211 API
    LD [M] /home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400/wl.o
    ld: Relocatable linking with relocations from format elf64-x86-64 (/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400/lib/wlc_hybrid.o_shipped) to format elf32-i386 (/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400/wl.o) is not supported
    make[2]: *** [/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400/wl.o] Error 1
    make[1]: *** [_module_/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-32-generic-pae'
    make: *** [all] Error 2
    root@bigjoey-Inspiron-5720:/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400# make install
    install -D -m 755 wl.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
    install: cannot stat `wl.ko': No such file or directory
    make: *** [install] Error 1
    root@bigjoey-Inspiron-5720:/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400# modprobe wl
    WARNING: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf line 56: ignoring bad line starting with 'ifconfig'
    FATAL: Module wl not found.
    root@bigjoey-Inspiron-5720:/home/bigjoey/Desktop/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400#


    I'm no expert, but words like "Fatal", "Error" and "Warning" don't look too good. I'm such we'll get this figured out. If nothing else, it's a learning experience.

    (Buys a longer ethernet cable )

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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    Something is still getting confused on your Ubuntu version. Earlier on, chilli555 pointed out that you are running precise, not oneric. Yet the output you just posted above is still showing oneric.

    chilli555: I have no clues, just going by that output. Perhaps the oneric stuff that was downloaded earlier was never completely purged off the system?

    I noticed a few posts back where Hadaka had posted about thinking the files where the same but they aren't, and that there's another post with the link for a different file.
    Last edited by squakie; November 10th, 2012 at 08:17 AM.

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    Re: Wifi Problem with Dell Inspiron Laptop

    I've tried my best to get all those files totally off of my computer. Are there any terminal commands I could use to be 100% sure everything has been purged.

    I wish I knew more about this so I could be more helpful. Right now I'm just following directions and learning a thing or two in the process.

    I'll say this much. Even without the Wifi, Ubuntu is amazing when compared to Windows. So much faster.

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