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I installed a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.10 and this is my first Ubuntu install. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 and my wifi is turned off and cant seem to switch it on. I searched a lot on it but can only find answers for Ubuntu 12.04 :( can someone help me please? Thanks in advance

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We need more hardware information to help you, can you look at this question and then edit your question adding the information. – Jorge Castro Dec 1 '12 at 20:37

I have the same problem and this was printed:

lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

The main problem was that I didn't check the "Install third party stuff" when my Ubuntu was installing. So I ran the following command:

sudo software-properties-gtk

Went to Additional Drivers tab and checked to use any proprietary driver I want.


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I had the same issue and this is what worked for me:

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree


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Welcome to Ubuntu world. question you asked has a broader concept, i may require few answers from you :

  1. have you checked id your WIFI LED is glowing (or some other mechanism that lets you know that your WIFI is on).

  2. reply with what you see as a result of iwconfig on commandline.

Meanwhile you can try :

  • Disable the non supported driver.
  • Go to Synaptic and install b43-fwcutter and firmware-b43-installer.


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run these commands in terminal

sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source

sudo apt-get update

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


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