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    wifi driver for what I think is a broadcom wireless card


    can't find a driver for my wireless card. and forget how to figure it out in the terminal. I have 10.04 and a very smart friend who isn't around anymore to help me out.

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    Hello and Welcome!
    Take a look through this page. Follow through the steps, and post back here with all requested output.
    Someone should be able to help get you sorted.
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    info

    too big so I compressed and sent. let me know if that works
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    It came out garbled. Can you simply copy/paste the content to a post?
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    The commands you want are lspci and lsusb.

    If you have a PCI (internal card), then type the command: sudo lspci
    If you have a USB (external card), then type the command: sudo lsusb

    and to make sure of your architecture type the command: sudo uname -m

    Take note of your ID, chipset, and x86 or x64, then just do a google search to download the driver.

    Example outputs:
    01:01.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR2413 802.11bg NIC [168c:001a] (rev 01)
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    ID: 168c:001a
    Chipset: AR2413
    Architecture: x86

    See here if you need to use ndiswrapper with a Windows based driver: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=885847

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    Jay, I think this is it.

    lspci, ifconfig, and lsmod attached. hope you can see them this time.

    -Sean
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    Here is your wireless card:
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    Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4358]
    Provided you have an ethernet connection, open up a terminal, and do:
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    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo modprobe wl
    If all goes well, you should then be able to start scanning for available networks.
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    Doesn't seem like it works. I got a message that it couldn't find something when I did the bcmwl-kernal-source install command.
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    Have you enabled the extra software repositories for Ubuntu?
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu
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    I ended up 'upgrading' to 12.04 and was able to instantly find a driver.. for anyone out there still using an older version than precise pangolin with the optimus tech.
    Last edited by theperfecttime22; 06-26-2013 at 02:27 AM. Reason: driver not drive

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