My wireless isn't working

Asked by Gregory McKinnis on 2011-07-15

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525, I just installed ubuntu 11.4.. My wireless isn't working... its running along side windows vista.. the wireless work on the windows side...

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Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C network; lsb_release -a; rfkill list


Is that what I need to plug in or is that something you want to know... if It's a question.. I have no idea

Ubfan (ubfan1) said : #3

You need the firmware for your b43 driver.
From a wired connection, in a terminal (Ctrl-alt-t), type:
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
and accept the offer to download the Broadcom files.
This will place the necessary firmware files into /lib/firmware/b43, and your network-manager should display all nearby access points. Select yours, enter the encryption type and key, and you should be able to connect.
Alternatively, you can try the open firmware, which works with your chip:
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
You may find this on the install media, so that may be easier than getting the wired connection set up.
Please don't install the "Alternate Drivers" Broadcom STA driver, it doesn't work under 11.04 as far as I know (bug 723677).

well I got that to working... now I think I lost my sound an I need to see if unity can be downloaded on it... I like my battles star game... can't play it with out unity...

What does bug 723677 in gtk-theme-engine-clearlooks have to do with Broadcom drivers?

@Gregory McKinnis
If you got your wireless working, please mark this question as Solved. Your other questions are separate, and you'll have better luck posting new questions about that.

Please note, however, that Ubuntu 11.04 comes with Unity installed and enabled by default--though it won't work if your graphics hardware doesn't support it--and it seems unlikely that any game would require Unity, since Unity is an alternative shell for GNOME, which is included in Ubuntu since 11.04 (and in all netbook versions); see

Ubfan (ubfan1) said : #6

Oops, that should have been 732677, wrote it down wrong.

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