Bought laptop - big trouble wireless Intrepid

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    Hi,
    2 days ago I purchased a Dell Inspiron 1525. The problem is the Broadcom
    wireless card. It won't connect with Hardy at all from WAP with WPA2
    encryption. I then installed Intrepid from a live CD - also no luck.
    The restricted STA driver is required but there is nothing listed.

    I gave up and took it to the shop where the guy installed Intrepid from
    a DVD and demonstrated the active wireless connections, also the STA
    driver was shown in restricted hardware.
    I bet that his wireless connections weren't encrypted as at home the card
    was recognised but was unable to connect.
    I then installed wicd from the tip in cheater's post, changed the WAP settings
    to allow the MAC address and disabled enabled SSID. Then it worked.
    However, the guy at the shop didn't partition as I instructed, so I reinstalled
    using a normal live cd and am back to square one i.e. there is no STA driver
    in restricted hardware.
    Is this driver only available on the DVD ?
    Or will doing the updates right after install perhaps install the driver ?

    (Seems like network manager has a big problem with a) the Broadcom card,
    and b) WPA2 encryption.)

    PS. I asked the shop to just swap the Broadcom card for an Intel nic, but they
    said this would invalidate the warranty.

    Wife waiting impatiently and I am at a loss - probably have to attempt
    another damn install, this time using the DVD which the shop allowed me to
    keep. Weekend looks bleak and tiring.:(
     
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  2. Pedro

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    I did a search on http://packages.ubuntu.com/ for "broadcom".
    It yields this, and i assume it would be the second result, b43-fwcutter
    There's a link to this tool's homepage, where you can find more info.

    Similarly, for the wiki - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx :
    Hope this helps, now and in the future :)
     
  3. lewmur

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    There is a bug in Network Manager that keeps it from working with WPA or WEP. Search this forum for Wicd and you'll find a discussion about how it get it and use it instead of Network Manager.
     
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    Pedro Registered Member

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    Before that, i think he needs to get the firmware.
     
  5. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    I only need the STA driver and Wicd. As mentioned it worked after I
    did this...
    I reinstalled 8.10, from a standard live cd (not the DVD given to me by the shop)
    only because the shop didn't follow my partitioning instructions.
    Intrepid is supposed to have the STA driver which can be enabled under
    Administration > Hardware Drivers.
    Problem is it's not listed there at all after a fresh install, so I was wondering
    whether it will be installed after doing all the updates. Perhaps the driver
    is only available when installing from the DVD ??
     
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    That seems a reasonable conclusion. I don't use Ubuntu however, so i posted my search. If i find anything, i'll post back.
     
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    lewmur Registered Member

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    Try this link.
     
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    Ocky Registered Member

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    Thanks, Pedro and lewmur.
    All's well. The updates did it - they included an update to restricted driver
    modules, and the STA driver was installed. Wicd is not needed, even with
    WPA2 (AES) encryption.
     

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