I tried the steps here for a 4312: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx
Both of these:
sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb wl sudo modprobe wl
FATAL: Module wl not found. FATAL: Error running install command for wl (this one is only for the second one actually)
I tried the broadcom-sta, didn't work. What's confusing is down below in the next steps for STA with internet access it says to use the bcmwl one. So I install that and it succeeds but with some errors:
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required: module-assistant Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it. The following NEW packages will be installed: bcmwl-kernel-source 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 0 B/1,181 kB of archives. After this operation, 3,609 kB of additional disk space will be used. Selecting previously unselected package bcmwl-kernel-source. (Reading database ... 168005 files and directories currently installed.) Unpacking bcmwl-kernel-source (from .../bcmwl-kernel-source_126.96.36.199+bdcom-0ubuntu3_amd64.deb) ... Setting up bcmwl-kernel-source (188.8.131.52+bdcom-0ubuntu3) ... Loading new bcmwl-184.108.40.206+bdcom DKMS files... Building only for 3.5.0-21-generic Building for architecture x86_64 Module build for the currently running kernel was skipped since the kernel source for this kernel does not seem to be installed. ERROR: Module b43 does not exist in /proc/modules ERROR: Module b43legacy does not exist in /proc/modules ERROR: Module ssb does not exist in /proc/modules ERROR: Module bcm43xx does not exist in /proc/modules ERROR: Module brcm80211 does not exist in /proc/modules ERROR: Module brcmfmac does not exist in /proc/modules ERROR: Module brcmsmac does not exist in /proc/modules ERROR: Module bcma does not exist in /proc/modules FATAL: Module wl not found. FATAL: Error running install command for wl update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated) Processing triggers for initramfs-tools ... update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-21-generic jtaylor991@jtaylor991-whiteHP:~$ sudo modprobe wl FATAL: Module wl not found. FATAL: Error running install command for wl
Then I do the
modprobe wl commands listed above and it gives the above listed errors.
It didn't work with the broadcom-sta driver either. I installed the b43 ones but nothing happened, and I don't know why so those are still installed. firmware-b43legacy-installer, b43-fwcutter and firmware-b43-lpphy-installer (yes it is a LP-PHY) are currently installed.
If I go into System Settings > Software Sources > Additional Drivers it says "Using Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver source from bcmwl-kernel-source (proprietary) But bcmwl-kernel-source isn't installed. I could try again but I remember rebooting and it still said this.
What's funny is it found wireless networks during the Ubuntu setup/installation, I don't remember if I got it to connect or not though. I think it kept asking for a password when I put it in (yes it was right I showed password and looked at it) so I just ignored it. But right now the Enable Wireless option in the top right is just gone, it's just Enable Networking and I'm on ethernet on this HP Pavilion dv4-1435dx right here.
If I run
rfkill list it shows:
0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN Soft blocked: no Hard blocked: no
It was hard blocked at the beginning but unblocking it makes no change. Also it's a touch sensitive button, and it appears to be always orange no matter if it's enabled or not because when I touch it the hard blocked changes between yes and no in
rfkill list. I think it was blue for a minute at one point.
What is going on?!?! Help me! Lol, thanks for any and all of your time guys. Oh yeah this is Ubuntu 12.10 fresh install.