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I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Dell Mini 1012.

It seems to be running fine but I am unable to get my wireless card working?

I even plugged in my Ethernet cable and could not get an internet connection?

Does anyone have any ideas or a how-to? I can't wait to use the new O/S but would like to have internet too! :-)

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Try with b43. Type in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter

Since Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal additional installation of the package firmware-b43-installer can be helpful and/or necessary, respectively:

sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer

Under the desktop menu System > Administration > Hardware/Additional Drivers, the b43 drivers can be activated for use.


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If you're not able to connect to using wireless OR wired, it might not be just the wireless driver. If you're connected to a wired connection and it's not working, use:

sudo /etc/init.d/network-manager restart
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Not guaranteed to work, but a good place to start – Sudipta Chatterjee Feb 11 '13 at 23:04

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