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Master Geek

# 19435 17-Feb-2008 10:16
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I Have Recently installed ubuntu 7.10 (linux) on my laptop. It was taking over from Windows Vista Home Basic, I installed it because my windows vista was running way to slow, and a mate reccomended ubuntu.

Anyway, I have an Acer TravelMate 2480, ever since I have installed ubuntu (linux) my wireless network card does not work.(Broadcom AirforceOne bcm4318)  As on Acers you can turn internet on and off with a lit up button, this button does not light up no matter how long I hold it down for.

I suspected it was a driver problem so I downloaded the correct driver the acer website, but this driver only came in windows format and would not setup on my ubuntu laptop.

I have tried everything and it is still not working, please tell me there is an easy way to fix this problem. Software to download, a “windows / Linux Software converter”

Please help me, its a living hell without internet


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  # 111118 17-Feb-2008 10:33
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It's been a long known fact that wireless management on Linux distributions is poor.

The recent version of Ubuntu does seem to go that one step further in supporting Wireless management better, but it's still not up to snuff yet.

Anyway, here is some forum posts on that may help:

There are quite a lot of info you can find by just googling "bcm4318 ubuntu".

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  # 111119 17-Feb-2008 10:40
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This one seems more detailed and also has ones for Acers as well: (follow from Dapper and Edgy (and Feisty/Gutsy with ndiswrapper))

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Ultimate Geek

  # 112393 22-Feb-2008 22:51
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i have the same card in my asus laptop and i am running linux ubuntu 7.10 no problems have you enabled its restricted drivers you can do this buy going to system - administration restricted drivers manager you will need your root/sudo password and then check the box you need click ok. if it needs to download a driver off the net you may need to use your ethernet cord and plug into your router just until you get the driver.

yes linux is known for wirless network problems but ubuntu 7.10 is very good just try this option worked for me and i have same card cheers

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Master Geek

# 112459 23-Feb-2008 12:11
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hey thanks for that, i decided to install xp on it instead. works fine now

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  # 115507 9-Mar-2008 03:39
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I think I just heard the sound of a thousand linux nerds spilling their coffee Laughing

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