It is easy to force a device to load another driver, however it’s very difficult and usually impossible to get the wrong driver to actually operate and connect. Unfortunately, broadcom’s ‘wl’ driver which is the driver I had installed does not cooperate in the way it expects; only the open-source ‘b43’ driver is capable of doing this. This reminds me of one of my favorite questions on this forum which I’ve seen many times. After some investigation, I found that the broadcom drivers aren’t actually being loaded properly However, Unity is not showing an icon for the wireless device, so I am unable to connect to any networks. Also a lsmod grep “wlan” search comes up with nothing

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Also a lsmod grep “wlan” search comes up with nothing After installing the Broadcom STA driver from the Proprietary drivers selection I was able to connect to my wireless network, however the connection repeatedly drops. Any ideas what I need to do to get this working?

Dell Wireless 1520 (DW1520)

Post Your Answer Discard By liunx “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Jules 1 2 Broadcom Corporation BCM No, the wireless section of the connection editing dialog is empty.


I am running Ubuntu Also, if anyone knows a way to specify which kernel driver and modules a piece of hardware uses it may well be very handy. I have been working with a case where the interface is ra0.

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The additional drivers application shows a green icon and says it is “activated and currently in use”. It seems that if airmon-ng is required then the Broadcom is not the card for you.

Checking the module aliases in wl shows: I don’t think the disconnects have the slightest to do with the name of the interface. How to make my Dell wlan minicard work. So what can I do to do it anyway?

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Jules In Network Indicator menu click on edit connections and see if it’s listed there? By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service.

After some investigation, I found that the broadcom drivers aren’t actually being loaded properly I have used Backtrack in the past, however I prefer the “emptiness” of a fresh, proper Ubuntu install, so I can configure it how I want from the start, without having to re-configure Backtrack and risk breaking some of the installed software, most of which falls outside what I usually have to use.


It’s approximately, “I read that my wireless card doesn’t support injection and airmon.

The 3 steps in answer 2 worked for me on my Dell Inspiron similar to the for Ubuntu This bug seems to be related: Any ideas, help or whatever would be appreciated. Sign up using Email and Password.

The driver wl is correct for your device, I believe. I have a laptop whose interface is wlan0 and another which is eth1.

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Not what I wanted to hear, but that’s not your fault. Ask Ubuntu works best with JavaScript enabled. What is more compelling is here: If you run the command: I believe the card is being incorrectly detected by the kernel because iwlist scan reports eth1 as not supporting scanning, and iwconfig reports that eth1 has no wireless extensions During installation, Ubuntu

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