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!