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Problems Wireless Networking Ubuntu 6.06 (Linux n00b here)

By ArmyofKirb
Apr 16, 2007
  1. Hello everyone,

    First of all I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this read.
    I just installed Ubuntu 6.06 on my Compaq Presario 2545US and I am unable to connect to any wireless network. I have checked the device manager and the built in wireless card seems to performing correctly. I don't have a static IP address with my DSL, so I'm using DHCP to automatically detect everything (DNS server, gateway, subnet mask, etc.) As far as I can tell, its not successfully detecting them. I can't connect directly to the router (http://192.168.1.1).
    I tried connecting via ethernet and it works just fine. I ensured I have the right ESSID and hex key for the WEP, but still no luck. Below are the specifics of my system. Please save my sanity and help me figure this out.

    Processor: 2.4Ghz P4
    RAM: 1GB PC3200
    HDD: 60.0 GB
    OS: Ubuntu Linux 6.06
    Wireless Card: Broadcom BCM4036 802.11b/g PCI

    Thanks!
     
  2. G Ray88

    G Ray88 TS Rookie Posts: 16

  3. luvr

    luvr TS Rookie Posts: 74

    The Broadcom wireless adapters are known to be a pain to get working under Linux. Some users have reported varying degrees of success with ndiswrapper (which allows you to use Windows drivers on a network adapter), but success is apparently not guaranteed.

    I seem to remember having read, however, that recent Linux kernel versions have support for the Broadcom wireless adapters built in; that should make it a snap to use them with Linux.

    Perhaps, then, your best option would be to wait for Ubuntu 7.04 (which should become available tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow), and try with that?
     
  4. VicRic

    VicRic TS Rookie Posts: 48

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