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November 6, 2007

Broadcom Wireless and Ubuntu Gutsy

After spending 5 straight hours searching around the internet on how to get an internal wireless network card to work, I finally figured it out and I thought I would post my findings online in hopes that it would save another soul 5 hours of their online life.

Laptop: HP pavilion zv5000
Wireless card: Broadcom 54g MaxPerformance 802.11g
OS: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy

When you boot of the Live CD you might notice that the wifi light is off and will never come on. So here goes (and I successfully did this just using the live cd without actually installing the OS):

1. In System > Administration > Software Sources
Check all the boxes under the tab “Ubuntu Software”. Then close and reload. (To reload you may alternatively run the command sudo apt-get update

2. In the terminal run the command:
sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter

3. In System > Administration > Restricted Drivers Manager, enable the firmware for Broadcom 43xx chipset family. This step is explained in more detail here

And thats it. 3 simple steps. Took me 5 hours to figure out. But hey, it was all worth it in the end! I’m posting this blog entry using my newly working wireless Broadcom card. Sweet! :)

Filed under: Technology — +shivan @ 6:22 am


  1. Holy cow! You rule! this took me 12 hours to find you and your fabulous solutioN! tHANKS!

    Comment by ChrisA — May 16, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

  2. Result ! …. thanks very much !

    Comment by newbie TUX — July 22, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

  3. It worked! Very helpful! Thank you!

    Comment by John — October 8, 2010 @ 10:39 am

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