Setting up the Broadcom BCM94311MCG in Ubuntu 8.04

Ubuntu, by MKE1138

In case you want to install Ubuntu 8.04 in a laptop with a Broadcom BCM94311MCG card (like the Acer Aspire 9410Z) please note that:

  • The proprietary driver that Ubuntu suggests to install is NOT working.
  • The instructions here are the best approach, although they’re slightly outdated (you do NOT actually need to recompile ndiswrapper).

So, all you have to do is:

  • Install the NDISwrapper software; just install the package ndisgtk with Synaptic or apt-get, it’ll automatically mark all necessary dependencies.
  • Download the proprietary driver from here, and unpack the file.
  • Configure NDISwrapper using ndisgtk, or by hand:

sudo ndiswrapper -i /path/to/bcmwl5.inf
sudo ndiswrapper -l

  • Edit the file /etc/modules as an administrator (e.g. with sudo) and add a line containing “ndiswrapper” (without the quotes).
  • Check that modprobe is working and save the configuration:

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
sudo ndiswrapper -m

  • Reboot.

NetworkManager should be working fine now.

Why the hell manufacturers like Broadcom (or Acer) are not yet releasing their drivers for GNU/Linux?? Sad.

Update: Few days ago in Slashdot: Major PC Vendors Push For Open Source Drivers.

Update: The problem has been corrected and now the default Ubuntu driver is working! No need to follow the previous steps.

7 thoughts on “Setting up the Broadcom BCM94311MCG in Ubuntu 8.04

  1. Lo de broadcom es de juzgado de guardia, que dicen por “nuestra” tierra… Nosotros, por lo problémático de donde mandamos los portátiles y las pocas exigencias en el uso, solemos comprar portátiles baratos (de entre 400 y 500 euros) de HP y todos vienen con algún modelo de broadcom. El que funcione o no el wifi con Linux se convierte en una lotería…

  2. I hve receive Ubuntu 8.04 but the WiFi it’s not working and I have BCM943. You say in the last update that it’s working now, Do I make and update of Ubuntu, and it will be fixed?
    Thanks a lot.

  3. finish every steps and then “Update: The problem has been corrected and now the default Ubuntu driver is working! No need to follow the previous steps.” T_T

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