Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have an Dell Inspiron 3520 that came pre-installed with windows 8. I installed Ubuntu 12.10 but wasn't able to locate/install the wireless driver and had to go back to windows 8. I'd rather have Ubuntu but I need my wifi.

share|improve this question
    
wifi doesn't need to be installed in Ubuntu, it auto-detects. When you click the connectivity icon on top-right corner of your Unity desktop (usually 3rd or 4th icon from left), it should show you the wireless status. –  Prahlad Yeri Mar 15 '13 at 17:25
    
Usually, it will just list your wireless networks, or there will be a disabled menu saying "Wireless is disabled by Hardware switch". Is that the case on your laptop ? –  Prahlad Yeri Mar 15 '13 at 17:26
    
actually it says wireless driver not detected, i'm only able to connect via ethernet. –  patrick io Mar 15 '13 at 20:13
    
@patrickio What network card do you have? We can't help you get a driver without knowing that... –  Seth Mar 15 '13 at 22:25
add comment

1 Answer

First thing you need to do is download the driver. Do a google search for 'broadcom bcm43142 driver linux download deb' Download the appropriate .deb file. Then assuming you downloaded to ~/Downloads open a terminal and:

sudo apt-get install dkms
cd ~/Downloads
dpkg -i wire*.deb

This will install DKMS first then the driver. You then need to reboot.

Hope this helps.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.