January 13th, 2010


Ubuntu 9.10 wireless

Yesterday I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my HP Pavilion tx 2100 laptop (I am not sure the model series is correct, something like that). Everything went smooth except that it would not see WiFi wireless networks. It did, however, recognize my wireless EVDO card out of the box.

A quick search resulted in a quick fix. I just wanted to mention the proper links here.

This worked for me: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1288865 I did not need the live CD because, as I mentioned before, I had an Internet connection, so the simple sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source worked fine. I had to reboot so the OS would recognize the driver, that's all.

This is the link that pointed me to the right place: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?s=a05152755f4e14a5810be6ae64a18648&t=1184339&page=1 It also reminds how to see which driver is missing (lshw -C network etc).

Just wanted to share in case more people have trouble.