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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.
  1. Few days ago there was a serious fire accross the Bay at Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA.

    Lot of fire, lot of smoke, number of people in neighborhood complaining about respiratory problems.

    Yesterday on the news we had smiling Chevron spokeswoman apologizing and presenting 800 number for filing claims if anyone feels like being hurt.

    I just laughed. Even if any claim will get approved it won't cost Chevron even one penny.

    Gas price at my gas station held pretty much even for last month or so at $3.69.

    Coincidentally (right!) it jumped 20 cents just couple of days ago.

    That's how you and me will pay for Chevron fire damage and all claims.

    Oil industry seems to be in serious trouble.

    No serious war war has been going on lately, no broken pipes, no excuses for rising prices.

    How about some fire then?

    I'm not insinuating anything.....:)

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