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Ubuntu 9.04 wireless issue

by Kiwipeter / December 11, 2009 4:26 PM PST


I am installing Ubuntu 9.04 to a Foxconn e-bot PC, and cannot get my wireless network to work. The wireless card is an ASUS WL138G v2 or a WL-138E card. I have taken these details off the Windows driver cd that came with it.

When I click on the Network Manager my wireless network is not recognised. I tried setting it up manually. I've read that there is a rather complicated way of installing the Windows wireless driver however the message being returned is that the device is Disabled. It's not meant to be disabled, and it was enabled in Windows.

Can anyone advise me what to do? I did wonder about taking the card out and reseating it

Below is the dump from executing the Terminal command as recommended by the Ubuntu Help

administrator@administrator-desktop:~$ sudo lshw -C network
description: Ethernet interface
product: SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 4
bus info: pci@0000:00:04.0
logical name: eth0
version: 90
serial: 00:01:6c:b9:02:1d
size: 10MB/s
capacity: 100MB/s
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sis900 driverversion=v1.08.10 Apr. 2 2006 duplex=half latency=32 link=no maxlatency=11 mingnt=52 module=sis900 multicast=yes port=MII speed=10MB/s
description: Network controller
product: BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 8
bus info: pci@0000:00:08.0
version: 02
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=32 module=ssb
*-network:0 DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 1
logical name: wlan0
serial: 00:22:15:13:39:f5
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
*-network:1 DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 2
logical name: pan0
serial: 96:4a:cb:cc:15:72
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes


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by GODhack / December 11, 2009 10:00 PM PST

Generally it work automatically.... Except very bad cases when hardware manufacturers do not write Linux code themselves and even do not give technical information to ones who want to write drivers for free.
In this situation still possible to get wireless working. You have to use ndiswrapper (

NDISwrapper is a free software driver wrapper that enables the use of Windows XP drivers for network devices (cards, USB modems, and routers), on Unix-like operating systems. <...>

How-to get it working in Ubuntu in detail described here:

Also try 9.10 maybe better luck with it.

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Just an idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2009 10:01 PM PST
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Thanks Guys
by Kiwipeter / December 12, 2009 6:29 AM PST
In reply to: Just an idea.

Thanks for the thoughts. They are in line with my own thoughts. I've looked as the ndiswrapper guide but it just seems way too hard

I'll see if I can get release 9.10 working on it, failing that I think I will replace the card with a dlink card which I see is well supported

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BCMfirmware cutter?
by 3rdalbum / December 18, 2009 6:14 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks Guys

1. Hook your computer up to the router using an Ethernet cable. This gives you an Internet connection.

2. Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager, and click the Reload button. It will load the list of available Ubuntu packages.

3. Close Synaptic. Go to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers. If your card has a driver available from online, then it will tell you and give you the option to download and activate it. Do this.

4. Shut down your computer fully, and then start it up without the Ethernet cable. Go to the Network Manager applet on your top panel, which will probably look like an aerial and some dots next to it. Click this applet and choose your wireless network.

Hopefully that's all you need to get it going.

If this fails, THEN try Ndiswrapper.

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by Kiwipeter / December 19, 2009 1:37 AM PST
In reply to: BCMfirmware cutter?

Thanks for that process - it looks much more achieveable than the NDSWrapper route, I'll give it a go today

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