Dell inspiron 1525. no wifi connections. 11.10

Asked by PDG1 on 2011-10-16

the output of all commands suggest in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WirelessTroubleshootingProcedure (aside from the two commands "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install hwinfo grep")

I have installed the additional drivers that were found for this computer, which was the broadcom sta wireless driver. The connection icon in the status bar, however, still doesn't show any wireless networks.

what has happened? :(

*-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
       vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 12
       serial: 00:1d:09:39:db:a3
       capacity: 100Mbit/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sky2 driverversion=1.28 firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
       resources: irq:43 memory:fe8fc000-fe8fffff ioport:de00(size=256)
  *-network UNCLAIMED
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
       version: 01
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:fe7fc000-fe7fffff
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       physical id: 2
       logical name: usb0
       serial: 26:8f:2f:14:82:f1
       capabilities: ethernet physical
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rndis_host driverversion=22-Aug-2005 firmware=RNDIS device ip=192.168.42.206 link=yes multicast=yes
0: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
 Soft blocked: no
 Hard blocked: no
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

usb0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=11.10
DISTRIB_CODENAME=oneiric
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 11.10"
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a00] (rev 0c)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary) [8086:2a02] (rev 0c)
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (secondary) [8086:2a03] (rev 0c)
00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2834] (rev 02)
00:1a.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2835] (rev 02)
00:1a.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:283a] (rev 02)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:284b] (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:283f] (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2841] (rev 02)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 [8086:2847] (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2830] (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2831] (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2832] (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:2836] (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev f2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller [8086:2815] (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller [8086:2850] (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA IDE Controller [8086:2828] (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:283e] (rev 02)
02:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller [1180:0832] (rev 05)
02:09.1 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 22)
02:09.2 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter [1180:0592] (rev 12)
02:09.3 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller [1180:0852] (rev 12)
09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4354] (rev 12)
0b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 05a9:2640 OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OV2640 Webcam
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 18d1:4e23 Google Inc.
H/W path Device Class Description
==========================================================
                                   system Portable Computer
/0 bus 0WP007
/0/0 memory 64KiB BIOS
/0/400 processor Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU
/0/400/700 memory 32KiB L1 cache
/0/400/701 memory 1MiB L2 cache
/0/1000 memory 2GiB System Memory
/0/1000/0 memory 1GiB DIMM DDR Synchronous 800 MHz
/0/1000/1 memory 1GiB DIMM DDR Synchronous 800 MHz
/0/100 bridge Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory C
/0/100/2 display Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Gra
/0/100/2.1 display Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Gra
/0/100/1a bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Con
/0/100/1a.1 bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Con
/0/100/1a.7 bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Co
/0/100/1b multimedia 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Con
/0/100/1c bridge 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express
/0/100/1c/0 eth0 network 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Contr
/0/100/1c.1 bridge 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express
/0/100/1c.1/0 network BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
/0/100/1c.4 bridge 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express
/0/100/1d bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Con
/0/100/1d.1 bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Con
/0/100/1d.2 bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Con
/0/100/1d.7 bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Co
/0/100/1e bridge 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
/0/100/1e/9 bus R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
/0/100/1e/9.1 generic R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host
/0/100/1e/9.2 generic R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adap
/0/100/1e/9.3 generic xD-Picture Card Controller
/0/100/1f bridge 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Co
/0/100/1f.1 scsi0 storage 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE
/0/100/1f.1/0.0.0 /dev/cdrom disk DVD+-RW AD-5560A
/0/100/1f.2 scsi2 storage 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0 /dev/sda disk 80GB FUJITSU MHY2080B
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0/1 /dev/sda1 volume 62MiB Windows FAT volume
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0/2 /dev/sda2 volume 10GiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0/3 /dev/sda3 volume 38GiB Windows NTFS volume
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0/4 /dev/sda4 volume 26GiB Extended partition
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0/4/5 /dev/sda5 volume 2559MiB
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0/4/6 /dev/sda6 volume 21GiB Linux filesystem partition
/0/100/1f.2/0.0.0/4/7 /dev/sda7 volume 2030MiB Linux swap / Solaris part
/0/100/1f.3 bus 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Contro
/1 power DELL XR68281
/2 usb0 network Ethernet interface
^[[BLinux htpc 3.0.0-12-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 14:50:42 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[ 0.000000] Found optimal setting for mtrr clean up
[ 0.008152] SMP alternatives: switching to UP code
[ 0.116983] ACPI: No dock devices found.
[ 0.116986] HEST: Table not found.
[ 0.174283] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
[ 0.174296] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
[ 0.174324] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
[ 0.180054] Switching to clocksource hpet
[ 0.183998] Switched to NOHz mode on CPU #0
[ 0.211398] pnp: PnP ACPI: found 13 devices
[ 0.349269] input: Lid Switch as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/device:00/PNP0C0D:00/input/input0
[ 0.350092] ACPI: Lid Switch [LID]
[ 0.357969] ERST: Table is not found!
[ 0.640611] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 0.699859] hub 2-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 0.828323] hub 3-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 0.828647] hub 4-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 0.828937] hub 5-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 0.829227] hub 6-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 0.829507] hub 7-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 0.959650] isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
[ 1.137118] usb 1-1: new high speed USB device number 2 using ehci_hcd
[ 1.155161] BIOS EDD facility v0.16 2004-Jun-25, 0 devices found
[ 1.396256] usb 2-4: new high speed USB device number 2 using ehci_hcd
[ 2.263588] sky2 0000:09:00.0: eth0: addr 00:1d:09:39:db:a3
[ 2.271171] sdhci-pci 0000:02:09.1: SDHCI controller found [1180:0822] (rev 22)
[ 2.304115] mmc0: no vmmc regulator found
[ 2.322278] usbcore: registered new interface driver uas
[ 2.335377] scsi4 : usb-storage 2-4:1.0
[ 2.364120] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[ 19.741436] lp: driver loaded but no devices found
[ 20.527799] wl: module license 'MIXED/Proprietary' taints kernel.
[ 20.631896] sky2 0000:09:00.0: eth0: enabling interface
[ 20.633694] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
[ 20.935185] uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Laptop Integrated Webcam (05a9:2640)
[ 20.940183] uvcvideo: UVC non compliance - GET_DEF(PROBE) not supported. Enabling workaround.
[ 20.956760] input: Laptop Integrated Webcam as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.7/usb1/1-1/1-1:1.0/input/input4
[ 20.956935] usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
[ 20.960557] wl 0000:0b:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
[ 20.960567] wl 0000:0b:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[ 20.963167] eth%d: 5.100.82.38 driver failed with code 21
[ 22.721132] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 160x50
[ 22.736199] [Firmware Bug]: Duplicate ACPI video bus devices for the same VGA controller, please try module parameter "video.allow_duplicates=1"if the current driver doesn't work.
[ 23.156424] input: HDA Intel Mic at Ext Front Jack as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input9
[ 23.156653] input: HDA Intel HP Out at Ext Front Jack as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input10
[ 23.156807] input: HDA Intel HP Out at Ext Front Jack as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input11
[ 23.156961] input: HDA Intel HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input12
[ 80.414854] usb 2-4: USB disconnect, device number 2
[ 80.692058] usb 2-4: new high speed USB device number 3 using ehci_hcd
[ 80.942144] usbcore: registered new interface driver cdc_ether
[ 80.951449] rndis_host 2-4:1.0: usb0: register 'rndis_host' at usb-0000:00:1d.7-4, RNDIS device, 26:8f:2f:14:82:f1
[ 80.952859] usbcore: registered new interface driver rndis_host
[ 91.536026] usb0: no IPv6 routers present
[ 141.684113] type=1400 audit(1318797077.027:28): apparmor="STATUS" operation="profile_replace" name="/usr/lib/telepathy/mission-control-5" pid=1855 comm="apparmor_parser"
[ 141.684658] type=1400 audit(1318797077.027:29): apparmor="STATUS" operation="profile_replace" name="/usr/lib/telepathy/telepathy-*" pid=1855 comm="apparmor_parser"
 Release Date: 10/27/2009
  Serial services are supported (int 14h)
 Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
 Product Name: Inspiron 1525
 Serial Number: 3K4NJF1
 Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
 Product Name: 0WP007
 Serial Number: .3K4NJF1.CN7016681C0EEP.
 Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
 Serial Number: 3K4NJF1
 Manufacturer: Intel
 Serial Number: Not Specified
 Manufacturer: 7F7F7F7F7F9B0000
 Serial Number: 00000000
 Manufacturer: 7F7F7F7F7F9B0000
 Serial Number: 00000000
 Manufacturer:
 SBDS Serial Number: 0A59
 SBDS Manufacture Date: 2008-01-09
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

usb0 no wireless extensions.

install snd-rawmidi /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install snd-rawmidi $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe --quiet --use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; : ; }
# which ath5k cannot recover. To prevent this condition, stop
blacklist ath_pci
# Warning: This file is autogenerated by bcmwl. All changes to this file will be lost.
blacklist b43
blacklist b43legacy
blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist brcm80211
blacklist eth1394
# replaced by p54pci
blacklist prism54
# replaced by b43 and ssb.
blacklist bcm43xx
blacklist uart6850
blacklist twl4030_wdt

[main]
NetworkingEnabled=true
WirelessEnabled=true
WWANEnabled=true
> hal.1: read hal dataprocess 2354: arguments to dbus_move_error() were incorrect, assertion "(dest) == NULL || !dbus_error_is_set ((dest))" failed in file ../../dbus/dbus-errors.c line 280.
This is normally a bug in some application using the D-Bus library.
libhal.c 3483 : Error unsubscribing to signals, error=The name org.freedesktop.Hal was not provided by any .service files
27: PCI 900.0: 0200 Ethernet controller
  [Created at pci.318]
  Unique ID: rBUF.4UBfJT4u929
  Parent ID: z8Q3.suiQRxhOxw7
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.0/0000:09:00.0
  SysFS BusID: 0000:09:00.0
  Hardware Class: network
  Model: "Marvell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller"
  Vendor: pci 0x11ab "Marvell Technology Group Ltd."
  Device: pci 0x4354 "88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller"
  SubVendor: pci 0x1028 "Dell"
  SubDevice: pci 0x022f
  Revision: 0x12
  Driver: "sky2"
  Driver Modules: "sky2"
  Device File: eth0
  Memory Range: 0xfe8fc000-0xfe8fffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
  I/O Ports: 0xde00-0xdeff (rw)
  IRQ: 43 (1 event)
  HW Address: 00:1d:09:39:db:a3
  Link detected: no
  Module Alias: "pci:v000011ABd00004354sv00001028sd0000022Fbc02sc00i00"
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: sky2 is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe sky2"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #15 (PCI bridge)

28: PCI b00.0: 0280 Network controller
  [Created at pci.318]
  Unique ID: IluS.AUabv0M9SM3
  Parent ID: qTvu.ujbwO4xo_h8
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:0b:00.0
  SysFS BusID: 0000:0b:00.0
  Hardware Class: network
  Model: "Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card"
  Vendor: pci 0x14e4 "Broadcom"
  Device: pci 0x4311 "BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN"
  SubVendor: pci 0x1028 "Dell"
  SubDevice: pci 0x0007 "Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card"
  Revision: 0x01
  Memory Range: 0xfe7fc000-0xfe7fffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
  IRQ: 17 (14999 events)
  Module Alias: "pci:v000014E4d00004311sv00001028sd00000007bc02sc80i00"
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: ssb is not active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe ssb"
  Driver Info #1:
    Driver Status: wl is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe wl"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #16 (PCI bridge)

55: USB 00.0: 0291 USB Host-to-Host link
  [Created at usb.122]
  Unique ID: Zj8l.CJuveIB+9o6
  Parent ID: pBe4.9T1GDCLyFd9
  SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb2/2-4/2-4:1.0
  SysFS BusID: 2-4:1.0
  Hardware Class: network
  Model: "Samsung Nexus S"
  Hotplug: USB
  Vendor: usb 0x18d1 "Samsung"
  Device: usb 0x4e23 "Nexus S"
  Revision: "2.27"
  Serial ID: "3235E806C2F600EC"
  Driver: "rndis_host"
  Driver Modules: "rndis_host"
  Device File: usb0
  Speed: 480 Mbps
  HW Address: 26:8f:2f:14:82:f1
  Link detected: yes
  Module Alias: "usb:v18D1p4E23d0227dcE0dsc00dp00icE0isc01ip03"
  Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: rndis_host is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe rndis_host"
  Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
  Attached to: #47 (Hub)
Warning: bad ps syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See http://procps.sf.net/faq.html
root 549 0.0 0.2 26680 4752 ? Ssl 13:29 0:00 NetworkManager
root 1705 0.0 0.0 2736 1216 ? S 13:30 0:00 /sbin/dhclient -d -4 -sf /usr/lib/NetworkManager/nm-dhcp-client.action -pf /var/run/dhclient-usb0.pid -lf /var/lib/dhcp/dhclient-16084bba-031e-4046-b647-6671b57fdf6b-usb0.lease -cf /var/run/nm-dhclient-usb0.conf usb0
^[[Bhtpc 2368 0.0 0.0 5336 788 pts/0 S+ 13:41 0:00 egrep --color=auto icd|etwork
Module Size Used by
rndis_host 13560 0
cdc_ether 13312 1 rndis_host
usbnet 25214 2 rndis_host,cdc_ether
parport_pc 32114 0
ppdev 12849 0
snd_hda_codec_idt 60049 1
snd_hda_codec_hdmi 31426 1
joydev 17393 0
dell_wmi 12601 0
sparse_keymap 13658 1 dell_wmi
snd_hda_intel 24262 1
snd_hda_codec 91754 3 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm 80468 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
dell_laptop 13519 0
dcdbas 14098 1 dell_laptop
rfcomm 38408 0
bnep 17923 2
bluetooth 148839 10 rfcomm,bnep
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
snd_rawmidi 25241 1 snd_seq_midi
wl 2646601 0
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
uvcvideo 67271 0
videodev 85626 1 uvcvideo
snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
psmouse 73673 0
r852 17901 0
snd_timer 28932 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
sm_common 16737 1 r852
nand 49707 2 r852,sm_common
nand_ids 8547 1 nand
nand_bch 13003 1 nand
bch 21757 1 nand_bch
nand_ecc 13070 1 nand
snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
serio_raw 12990 0
mtd 35852 2 sm_common,nand
i915 505108 3
snd 55902 12 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
soundcore 12600 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
lib80211 14570 1 wl
binfmt_misc 17292 1
drm_kms_helper 32889 1 i915
drm 192226 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 i915
wmi 18744 1 dell_wmi
video 18908 1 i915
lp 17455 0
parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
usb_storage 44173 0
uas 17699 0
firewire_ohci 35854 0
firewire_core 56937 1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
sdhci_pci 13658 0
sdhci 27360 1 sdhci_pci
sky2 49317 0

Question information

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Status:
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For:
Ubuntu b43-fwcutter Edit question
Assignee:
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Solved by:
PDG1
Solved:
2011-10-17
Last query:
2011-10-17
Last reply:
2011-10-16
Ubfan (ubfan1) said : #1

All your 4311 chip needs to function is the firmware, the b43 driver works and is present by default. To install the firmware, from a wired connection in a terminal, install the open source firmware:
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
Or, install the Broadcom proprietary firmware (either firmware works for you, only one is necessary):
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
and accept the download offer.
Since you have installed the Broadcom STA driver, and that driver was not working under 11.04, I'll assume it still is not working under 11.10, you need to get rid of it, and all the configuration files that it brought along which suppress the working b43 driver. Try deactivating it from the "additional drivers" window. Then check that the line "blacklist b43" (just that exact line, not others like it) has been removed from anyplace in /etc/modprobe.d
grep b43 /etc/modprobe.d/*
Edit the file and delete the line.
Wireless should now work for you.

PDG1 (ryan-pdg1) said : #2

when i had 11.04 the wifi was working... but I think you're right, I think It may not have been the Broadcom STA driver that it was using.
I'll give that a try when I get back to the machine tho :) Thanks

PDG1 (ryan-pdg1) said : #3

so... i just turned the darn thing on again and it started working.
I haven't tried anything new. I had already tried rebooting it multiple times before and after installing and removing drivers.
as far as i can tell it just magically started working.
I'm not sure if there's some information i should include now that it's working for comparison...
I'm kind of scared that it'll just magically stop working.

Thanks for the help anyway :p