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I have dell E1505 with win xp. I decided to install Mint Linux 14 to learn more about linux os as part of my programming job. So donwloaded mint 14(cinnamon) and installed and works fine with ethernet connection. But I am not able to connect to wireless

Can somebody please please explain the steps needed to configure wireless card driver(broadcom 4311 chip)

Thanks in advance.

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Try do add more info about "But I am not able to connect to wireless".

Type in terminal

ifconfig -a

If you see youre wireless chip (wlan$) everysing is OK and you need sometking like wicd or network-manager to connect to AP.

If there are no wlan iface in output, you need to install driver (e.g. compat-wireless).

Good luck

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1) Depending on your system download 32 or 64 bit package from http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

2) Go to a terminal to the dir with package.

3) tar -xvzf hybrid-portsrc-.tar.gz Replace version with one you have

4) Install kernel headers (eg. in fedora “yum install kernel-headers”)

5) make -C /lib/modules/uname -r/build M=pwd

if There were no errors

6) Unload Modules from memory rmmod ndiswrapper b43 ssb bcm43xx b43legacy

7) For WPA modprobe ieee80211_crypt_tkip

8)Check if Compiled Module is working insmod wl.ko

Now Probably a new interface will be there for wireless (wlan0 or eth-1) To check it run iwconfig iwlist scanning

Making it load on boot

1)cp wl.ko /lib/modules/uname-r/kernel/net/wireless/

2)depmod -a

3)rmmod wl

4)modprobe wl

5)Add following Lines to /etc/rc.local (in openSuse /etc/rc/rc.d/boot.local)

modprobe wl

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Install the firmware:

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

After it's installed, reboot.

I tried everything else with no success. I did this and the wireless immediately came on with no issues.

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You must Install Driver of your Wirelless card for Linux

befor test your wireless has problem with Driver or Not , for this follow steps

1- reboot system

2- go to grub menu and press e for editiong kernel metod pefor run this 3- befor ro quit insert noapic acpi=off and press enter see your wireless working

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