I've already put some effort in finding a solution to my WiFi issue, yet all I've found is about connecting to the internet in an alternative way first. However, I'm unable to do so, as my wired network card does not work either.
Previously, I owned a Dell XPS laptop on which I was running Ubuntu 12.10 64-Bit. Now I got a new (second hand) machine, a Dell Vostro 1500 and decided to just take the hard drive from the XPS and put it in the Vostro, rather than having to reinstall Ubuntu.
All appears to be working, except for the wireless driver. The previous owner of the Vostro went with the Broadcom, unfortunately. Worse yet, the wired ethernet adapter/port appears to be fried so I currently have no Internet access at all.
about my attempts
If I launch "software sources" & "Additional Drivers", it identifies an option for Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA Wireless driver Source for the BCM4311. However, directly below the option it says "This device is not working". I had assumed that was because I simply needed to install the proprietary drivers (still mostly think that). However after I try to enable it, I get a progress bar for installing it that stops part way through and then the "Do not use the device" option is reselected.
I have the install media but have been unable to figure out how to get the system to extract the driver from it (assuming internet only install?).
The only thing I have not yet tried was purchasing a USB style connecter & attempting hook into ISP modem/router via USB based connection. I would rather not deal with it if there is an easier method using a few commands and/or file I can download form another machine.
So, is there a way I can get this driver installed without having internet access?
I feel my technical knowledge/comprehension is above "noob", but below proficient - so I like detailed steps when possible.
I'd really appreciate some help on this!