Can somebody help me install the broadcam STA wireless driver? I'm new to Ubuntu and have been stuck for awhile trying to install the Broadcom Wireless driver.
Click the gear/power icon at the upper-right corner of the screen, and click
If you have a Broadcom
If you're running a version of Ubuntu prior to 11.04, then
If you're running a version of Ubuntu prior to 10.10, then
In recent versions of Ubuntu and Debian, installing the firmware-b43-installer package will handle everything for you:
http://apt.ubuntu.com/p/firmware-b43-installer. You will be asked to automatically fetch and install the firmware into the right location. Again, you will need an internet connection.
Ubuntu Community Documentation
Ubuntu also has a page detailing the process of installing Broadcom wireless drivers on their community documentation. If you have internet access on the device that you want to install the b43 driver onto, follow this link. If you do not have internet access on the device that has a b43 supported broadcom wireless chipset and would like to use b43, follow this link instead:
Note that you can only follow one of the two guides, not both.
I had a Broadcom wireless chip in my old laptop. It worked pretty well with an old Ubuntu, I forget which, but started to drop out really badly when I upgraded - 9.10 maybe - even though the driver appears to be working fine.
I solved the problem by buying a USB wireless dongle, and upgraded to 802.11n at the same time. Just make sure the dongle is compatible!
That said, it's possible that my real problem was a coincidental hardware issue.