I just had to perform a "pilot" install of 12.04.2 LTS on one of our company's new Dell E6230 sub-notebooks. Now remember, these are the ones that you can get Ubuntu pre-installed on also! I suppose that saving a few dollars came into play there because it came with Win7. Remember also that this thing has the funky new UEFI BS going on--so it was a bitch to get it to boot after installing Ubuntu from a USB stick--kept getting "Invalid Partition Error" at boot until I played around for a bit with the UEFI settings. I DID manage to get it to boot.
My problem is getting the WiFi to work consistently. An "lspci" shows this thing to have a Broadcom BCM 43228 (14e4:4359).
I followed this really good guide over at <https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...etween_drivers> and actually got the WiFi to connect to the guest network--but as these instructions are for 11.10 I don't think they cover me.
Anyhow, it was connected so I installed some updates and then rebooted. After the reboot it would no longer connect--which the directions I referenced SAID it "wouldn't" do unless I typed some commands. Guess what? Of course, it STILL lost connection at reboot.
If I issue the command "sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb wl brcmfmac brcmsmac bcma" and follow that with "sudo modprobe wl" it connects again...but I have to wait. If I reboot and try to issue the first modprobe command right away I get an error...don't have it handy but it was like "FATAL: Error removing wl" then listed something in the /lib directory.
After I typed this for about 10 minutes I tried both modprobe commands again and there were NO errors--in fact it's sitting right next to me connected to our guest network!!
Anybody have any idea what's going on here??
I wouldn't mind entering both modprobe commands every time I logged in to bring up the wifi but the executive this laptop is going to just ain't gonna go for it! ; ') I know that I can probably put them in a script and then put a sleep in the script to run them after X minutes but that's just SO inelegant...there has to be a way to do this.
Can anybody help me or tell me what I'm doing wrong here? It sure would be appreciated! Had all week to build this thing but HAD to wait to the deadline due to an enterprise-wide Ubuntu VDI issue (which, of course, Ubuntu is not at fault in).
Thanks so much and Happy Friday everyone!