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I've been having this question since ubuntu 9.xx, hopefully you guys know what I can do. Is it possible to make it detect the wireless drivers on installation (11.10) ? I currently have a desktop with a wireless adapter and it's annoying having to unplug it, get it 2 floors below where the actual modem is, connect it directly and install everything. There should be a more efficient way to do this right? I don't know why ubuntu doesn't do this by default it'd be a nice feature specially for laptops I think.

Thanks in advance!

Edit: My wireless card is Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

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What is the model of the adapter? Can you add that info to the original question. –  mikewhatever Oct 16 '11 at 16:36
    
The installation media has some wireless drivers, like broadcom for my device, and if you tick the option 'install 3rd party software' during install it will enable the driver before the partitioner screen comes up. Works for me –  duffydack Oct 16 '11 at 16:52
    
I updated the question with my card info, @duffydack I tried doing that but it didn't do enything in the end it stills says (firmware missing) on the wireless network :( –  javiervd Oct 16 '11 at 17:30
    
what is the output exactly of lspci | grep Network we need the model number of your card –  duffydack Oct 16 '11 at 17:48
    
@javiervd Thanks for the update. –  mikewhatever Oct 16 '11 at 17:58
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Since you have a Broadcom wireless card, and the drivers for Broadcom are not included on the installation media, the answer is no. You have to install the OS first, reboot, then install the driver. Sorry.

If out of the box functionality is important, consider, if possible, switching to an Intel wireless card.

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Well it's not that big of a deal, more like a convenience issue I wish I could install the wireless drivers without actually connecting my comp directly to the modem. –  javiervd Oct 16 '11 at 19:52
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