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My laptop is Dell Vostro 2520. I tried both Xubuntu and Ubuntu on it, I've used 12.04 & 12.10. WiFi fails to work in all the cases - when i try to switch WiFi by a hotkey (fn+f2) the Bluetooth icon appears in the system tray but the light for the WiFi on lower left corner panel doesn't turn on.
I tried the solution of connecting to the network via cable:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo modprobe wl

from the similar thread Ubuntu 12.10, Wireless not working

Could you help me?
Many thanks in advance!

Update 1
It wasn't clear to me is @mikewhateve talking about one or two commands in the console. i tried both

halfros@halfros-Vostro-2520:~$ lspci -nn | grep Net, rfkill list all
grep: rfkill: No such file or directory
grep: list: No such file or directory
grep: all: No such file or directory
halfros@halfros-Vostro-2520:~$ lspci -nn | grep Net
07:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
halfros@halfros-Vostro-2520:~$ rfkill list all
halfros@halfros-Vostro-2520:~$ 

Update 2

$ sudo dpkg -i | grep bcmwl-kernel-source
dpkg: error: --install needs at least one package archive file argument

Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages [*];
Use `dselect' or `aptitude' for user-friendly package management;
Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;
Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options;
Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating *.deb files;

Options marked [*] produce a lot of output - pipe it through `less' or `more' !
halfros@halfros-Vostro-2520:~$  

Update 3

 dpkg -l grep bcmwl-kernel-source
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version      Architecture Description
+++-==============-============-============-=================================
ii  grep           2.12-2       amd64        GNU grep, egrep and fgrep
dpkg-query: no packages found matching bcmwl-kernel-source
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Can you add the outputs of the following to the question: lspci -nn | grep Net, rfkill list all. To get the outputs, open a terminal window, copy paste a command, and hit Enter. –  mikewhatever Feb 2 '13 at 9:33
    
Yes, thank you. i'll do that. I worked on the desktop ubuntu/xubuntu for quite a while now. But the first time i'm setting up a laptop. –  Elmor Feb 2 '13 at 9:39
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So, it's a BCM43142. It should actually work in 12.04.2 now, with the very recently updated bcmwl-kernel-source version 6.20.155.1, but I don't think that 12.10 will get it. You can check the installed version with dpkg -l | grep bcmwl-kernel-source. If it's an older version, deactivate it, and try this question. –  mikewhatever Feb 2 '13 at 10:00
    
please see update 2 –  Elmor Feb 2 '13 at 10:21
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dpkg -l <--that's a small L, not i and not one, though they look very similar indeed. Copy/paste, and everything will be ok. –  mikewhatever Feb 2 '13 at 10:38
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Thanks @mikewhatever the answer was found. i copy it here to save time for anyone interested in this issue

If you have a 64-bit system and the device I mentioned, then I suggest this package: http://jas.gemnetworks.com/debian/pool/main/w/wireless-bcm43142/wireless-bcm43142-dkms_6.20.55.19-1_amd64.deb

First install the prerequisites:

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential dkms

Then install the package with:

 cd Desktop   <--or whemikewatrever you downloaded the deb
    sudo dpkg -i wire*.deb
    sudo modprobe wl
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