Using Ubuntu 12.04 on Dell Laptop, after trying on 12.10 + other flavors7u, etc.). Broadcom drivers still not working.
Ethernet connection also nonfunctional, but that's a hardware issue and not the OS's fault. Other forum posts on similar situations are not useful because they require a wired internet connection.
It is a Dell Inspiron e1501. I installed Ubuntu 12.10 via the Windows Installer.
Then installed 12.04 instead, because I heard it was better at handling additional drivers, after I installed 12.04, the addition drivers immediately showed me that my 'Broadcom STA wireless driver' was not activated. I clicked 'Activate' and then nothing happened. Apparently it needs to download the driver, which it can't do, without Internet.
I thought I would just download the drivers on another machine and then try to install them manually.
I went to Broadcom's site and found a Linux driver which I downloaded and transferred to the Ubuntu laptop desktop via SD card. And then I ran 'make' command through the terminal.
Here's some highlights:
root@ubuntu:/home/username/Desktop/wld# make KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd` make: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.5.0-23-generic' Wireless Extension is the only possible API for this kernel version Using Wireless Extension API Using Wireless Extension API CC [M] /home/username/Desktop/wld/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o /home/username/Desktop/wld/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:43:24: fatal error: asm/system: No such file or directory compilation terminated. make: *** [/home/username/Desktop/wld/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o] Error 1 make: *** [_module_/home/username/Desktop/wld] Error 2 make: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.5.0-23-generic' make: *** [all] Error 2