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    9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Perhaps this will help someone out there.

    I was using Jaunty fine on my laptop (Dell e1705) with wireless working. I installed 9.10 beta and could not get it to work. In jaunty I was using the Broadcom Wireless driver that showed up in System > Administration > Hardware drivers.

    When I installed 9.10 as a fresh install from the live cd, it would list only the Broadcom Wireless driver. I kept choosing "Activate" and entering my password, but it would never activate. Having no network connectivity, I was unable get any updates.

    However this worked for me:

    1) Open Synaptic Pacakage Manager
    2) Ensure 9.10 LiveCd is in CD drive
    3) Settings > Repositories > Ubuntu Software
    4) Check the installable from cd and close
    5) Refresh
    6) Search for "bcmwl-kernel-source"
    7) Mark for installation
    8) Install it
    9) Reboot computer

    That worked for me. It was activated Hardware Drivers now. Also, after doing this (I think because dkms installed with it) now the graphics drivers appeared in the Hardware Drivers scan, which hadn't before.

    Basically, installing bcmwl-kernel-source was the key to success for me. Handily, it is on the livecd.

    Jon

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Quote Originally Posted by jomtois View Post
    Perhaps this will help someone out there.

    I was using Jaunty fine on my laptop (Dell e1705) with wireless working. I installed 9.10 beta and could not get it to work. In jaunty I was using the Broadcom Wireless driver that showed up in System > Administration > Hardware drivers.

    When I installed 9.10 as a fresh install from the live cd, it would list only the Broadcom Wireless driver. I kept choosing "Activate" and entering my password, but it would never activate. Having no network connectivity, I was unable get any updates.

    However this worked for me:

    1) Open Synaptic Pacakage Manager
    2) Ensure 9.10 LiveCd is in CD drive
    3) Settings > Repositories > Ubuntu Software
    4) Check the installable from cd and close
    5) Refresh
    6) Search for "bcmwl-kernel-source"
    7) Mark for installation
    8) Install it
    9) Reboot computer

    That worked for me. It was activated Hardware Drivers now. Also, after doing this (I think because dkms installed with it) now the graphics drivers appeared in the Hardware Drivers scan, which hadn't before.

    Basically, installing bcmwl-kernel-source was the key to success for me. Handily, it is on the livecd.

    Jon
    I had similar issues, and resolved them exactly how you did. My wireless used to work out-of-the-box, but with 9.10 its never worked unless I've manually installed that package.

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Hope this is taken care in the final
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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Quote Originally Posted by jomtois View Post
    Basically, installing bcmwl-kernel-source was the key to success for me. Handily, it is on the livecd.

    Jon
    Would you have any clue on how to do this if you installed with usb-stick rather than cd?
    I'm trying to do this on a Compaq mini 700 netbook
    I'm thinking about it

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Quote Originally Posted by mlentink View Post
    Would you have any clue on how to do this if you installed with usb-stick rather than cd?
    I'm trying to do this on a Compaq mini 700 netbook
    Did you ever get an answer on this? I have this same no-wireless-now issue on my mini 9 after installing 9.10 with a usb-stick.

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Quote Originally Posted by 2roombas View Post
    Did you ever get an answer on this? I have this same no-wireless-now issue on my mini 9 after installing 9.10 with a usb-stick.
    I had the same problem with a packard bell netbook, I just connected via a cable and downloaded restricted drivers, after that I used the sta option and all was fine.

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    from USB, just browse to POOL->RESTRICTED->B->bcmwl.... and install the deb file from there

    as i remember, you need to install 1 dependency first from the MAIN folder

    USB has all the .deb files, so it is simple

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Quote Originally Posted by redbook4574 View Post
    I had the same problem with a packard bell netbook, I just connected via a cable and downloaded restricted drivers, after that I used the sta option and all was fine.
    This is the same way I resolved my problem with the Dell Mini 9.

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    Thanks jomtois, your suggestion worked for me.

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    Re: 9.10 Broadcom Wireless to Work

    I have the same problem, and will try installing that package tonight (it didn't occur to me, as even when connected via wired it kept failing, so I thought it didn't have anything to do with packages failing to install due to connectivity).

    ref https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ey/+bug/449268

    -- nachokb

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