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I was trying to get Ubuntu working on old laptop. I believed it's wireless driver issue.

Output from a couple of commands:

myhost@ubuntu:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:    Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
Release:    12.04
Codename:    precise 

myhost@ubuntu:~$ lspci | grp Network
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)


myhost@ubuntu:~$ iwconfig
eth0      no wireless extensions.
lo        no wireless extensions. 

Then I google it and found article to reinstall wireless driver at How to Install Broadcom Wireless Drivers

So I did command sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source (Done) and command sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source (Error as below lines)

...
Loading new bcmwl-6.20.155.1+bdcom DKMS files...
First Installation: checking all kernels...
Building only for 3.8.0-29-generic
Building for architecture x86_64
Building initial module for 3.8.0-29-generic
Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.8.0-29-generic (x86_64)
Consult /var/lib/dkms/bcmwl/6.20.155.1+bdcom/build/make.log for more information.
FATAL: Module wl not found.
FATAL: Error running install command for wl

Any suggestion to fix it? Thanks First.

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Please get a working ethernet connection temporarily and do:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree

Detach the ethernet, reboot and give us your report.

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About 1 hour ago, I plugged in network and did as your suggestion to remove and install. There was an crash report during this install of linux-firmware-nonfree. On screen it had a title: Crash report Package: bcmwl-kernel-source (not installed) Problem Type: Package Title: bcmwl-kernel-source 6.20.155.1+bdcom-0utbuntu0.0.1:bcmwl kernel module failed to build ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu17.4 Architecture: amd64 DKMSBuildLog: 3.8.0-29-generic Date: Mon Aug 26 02:46:48 2013 ... –  user1864817 Aug 26 '13 at 1:06
    
Please try one at a time and give me the results: sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source I will have further suggestions after I hear your report. –  chili555 Aug 26 '13 at 11:55
    
Chili555, I did the remove command again. Below lines are from Terminal output. //--- myhost@ubuntu:~$ myhost@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source [sudo] password for myhost: 正在讀取套件清單... 完成 正在重建相依關係 正在讀取狀態資料... 完成 套件 bcmwl-kernel-source 並沒有被安裝,所以也不會被移除 The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required: dkms 使用 'apt-get autoremove' 來將其移除。 升級 0 個,新安裝 0 個,移除 0 個,有 0 個未被升級。 myhost@ubuntu:~$ ^C //--- If it will help, I can change default locale. Thanks –  user1864817 Aug 26 '13 at 18:20
    
So far, so good! Next, please do: sudo apt-get autoremove. If that goes successfully, next do: sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree –  chili555 Aug 26 '13 at 21:44
    
Chili555, I did the autoremove command successfully. Next command to install linux-firmware and no crash report this time. It says install linux-firmware already is the newest version. With Upgrade 0, New installation 0, Remove 0, Not Upgrade 0 What is next suggestion ? Terminal Output as below: // ---------- myhost@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get autoremove [sudo] password for myhost: 正在讀取套件清單... 完成 正在重建相依關係 正在讀取狀態資料... 完成 下列套件將會被【移除】: dkms 升級 0 個,新安裝 0 個,移除 1 個,有 0 個未被升級。 此操作完成之後,會空出 348 kB 的磁碟空間。 是否繼續進行 [Y/n]?y –  user1864817 Aug 27 '13 at 18:01
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