Friday, October 15, 2010

Broadcom Wireless Driver Fix In Maverick

For yet another release, Ubuntu 's Driver Manager is unable to properly install the Broadcom Wireless driver. When is Ubuntu going to get this right?

Some users are getting a SystemError:installArchives () failed message. When trying to install the Broadcom STA wireless driver via Additional Drivers.
Meekrat Broadcom Error

The Broadcom wireless card that came with the Dell Mini 9/10 or Vostro A90 does work in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meekrat. You just have to manually install it via the command line.

First you have to physically connect the Mini/Vostro to a wired internet connection. This step is a must.

Then pull up a command line terminal prompt.
You can find the terminal under Applications>Accessories>Terminal
Find the Termianl

The Terminal

In the Terminal type:
sudo apt-get update
- to update your repositories and tell you system where to get the driver from.

sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source
- to install the driver.

Reboot the machine. Check to see if the driver installed correctly. You can find Additional Drivers in System>Administration>Additional Drivers.

Additional Drivers Check

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