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I'm trying to install my wireless drivers (which uses a broadcom card). I tried to install them using the restricted drivers offered on my Ubuntu CD (since my only internet connection is public Wi-Fi). However when I clicked activate it got about halfway through the install process before it gave me this error message:

SystemError: installArchives() failed

The driver in question is this one: Broadcom STA wireless driver

How can I correct this?

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So it fixed itself? I'm not sure how but as of today I turned on my PC and now it works. – Lucas McCoy Apr 16 '10 at 19:27
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I have Broadcom wireless also, it isn't that good but it get the job done. I think it would be better if we could know the exact model, because depending that you will need a driver or another:


Also it would be nice to have the

dmesg | tail

output for knowing what error is exactly.

But anyways, there are a lot of options involving this chipset:

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The model number reported from the output of lspci is bcm4312, but as I said in my comment on my question, now the wireless card is working. – Lucas McCoy Apr 17 '10 at 13:47
I gave the bounty to you because I figured you were on the right trail. ;-) – Lucas McCoy Apr 20 '10 at 1:19

10.04 is still in beta. I would try 9.10 Live, if you can get it working on that one you know that it's a problem with 10.04. If that's the case, than you could file a bug report about 10.04 and you're card.

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I tried 9.10 and it didn't work so I uninstalled it. I figured 10.04 would have that fixed, but of course they didn't. – Lucas McCoy Apr 11 '10 at 21:35 – Algific Apr 12 '10 at 4:26

FWIW, I discovered that the "patch" package wasn't installed, and that's where the kernel source build was failing. Installed that and it worked.

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Would be nice if you could mark this as the solution to your question. – Oliver Salzburg Feb 28 '12 at 14:03

After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 I had the exact same problem! To solve it:

  1. Open Synaptic Package Manager
  2. Type "broadcom"
  3. Right click on "bcmwl-kernel-source" and mark it for re-installation
  4. Go back to the hardware drivers where you should now be able to activate the broadcom driver without any problems.
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