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First, this really isn't an Ubuntu or a Debian or a Mint issue. The problem likely lies with Broadcom and their lack of availability of firmware information for their wireless hardware. Broadcom does make a "generic" wireless driver for Linux, but it allegedly doesn't work with everything. Therefore, the Ubuntu development team have had to use fwcutter to pull the firmware information from a Windows driver to build one that works for Linux.   Here's the fix, and I'm pretty sure this will work for most situations:

1. Determine the exact model and firmware version of the driver. Open a terminal and enter:
[b]lspci -vnn -d 14e4:[/b].

2. You'l get a string back that looks like this:
[i]0001:01:01.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)[/i]

Look at the section between the brackets at the "14e4" part near the end.

3. Go here and make sure your adapter is compatible with the Broadcom b43 driver, on the chart about a quarter way down the page:
[url="http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43"]http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43[/url]

4. If you're in the green area, you're good to go. Now, the Ubuntu/Debian folks have made this easy for us. Just run this command:
[b]sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer[/b]

5. Reboot and you're done.

This worked perfectly on the proprietary Windows 7 Compaq  boat anchor my wife calls a laptop.

Well. Moved everything out of the kitchen. Disconnected Sink. Only Fridge and Kitchen stove remain. :ugly_man_laugh:

Busted out drywall on outside facing wall. Removed old 1950's Windows. My house is a old hospital from WW2 when Pecos was a airbase. Kitchen was made by me knocking out 2 patient rooms and custom plumbing the fixtures.

I bought new 2x4s and re framed outside wall from the inside as old framing boards were termite damaged. We have have had Orkin already treat the place for a couple of grand. Framing is done.

Custom wiring installed by me from breaker box in utility room through ceilng to Kitchen was next. Done. I have now mounted four 4 gang boxes car-b232a.jpg

on outside wall to give the wife 8 receptacles to go over some metal kitchen cabinets from the 1950's that I am also paint stripping, and going to repaint white also. I paint my own motorcycles so I have the right gear and experience for that also.

Used R30 insulation between outside stucco wal and new 5/8 drywall. Also installed new sliding windows. Drywall is 3/4 done. Still have tapeing and spackle to go though. Installed new outlets today also.

Will be using White Marble ceramic wall tile as a back splash for sink and kitchen cabinets.

Still have a gas line to rerun to relocate kitchen stove (O'keefe & Merrit circa 1952)

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Getting there slowly but surely and not spending $45,000 on remodeling costs like on the Home channel. :woohoo:

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