New Lenovo Netbook (broadcom wireless)

Israel israeldahl at
Thu Oct 9 12:02:51 UTC 2014

Hi Jerry,
I forgot about the option of using ethernet during install to detect and
install the needed drivers :)
I have had issues where sometimes it installs the packages you indicate,
and those cause issues with the wireless.
I usually install the b43 packages instead, but I am glad those work
well for your computer!!
According to:
your card may be fully supported.
However if the bcmwl drivers work, use them :)

On 10/08/2014 09:40 AM, "J. Van Brimmer" wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 5:41 AM, Israel <israeldahl at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> No Ubuntu distro will recognize the wireless out of the box.
>> I think Puppy will, and possibly even some Ubuntu based distros like mint... however you can
>> search for broadcom wireless drivers in your package manager of choice.... or
>> if you like the fast terminal way:
>> sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
>> will install it.
>> I am not sure if it isn't included because of some sort of copyright issues, or what...
>> But they stopped including it around 10.10 give or take... I really can't remember when.
> Well, I successfully installed LXLE, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu, all 14.04
> versions. I was able to get the wireless working in Lubu and Xubu by
> connecting a LAN cable during the install, and after the first reboot
> installing the following packages:
> bcmwl-kernel-source (
> broadcom-sta-common (
> broadcom-sta-source (
> That gave me the wl driver for my BCM43228 adapter. The b43 driver
> didn't support this hardware.
> The video worked fine, the installer installed the
> xserver-xorg-video-ati and xserver-xorg-video-radeon packages.
> Only one glitch I haven't figured out yet. On Lubu and Xubu, when I go
> to logout or shutdown; when I click on the logout icon on the bar in
> the lower right corner, it takes about 60 seconds (I haven't actually
> timed it) for the Logout/Shutdown/etc menu to appear. Once it appears
> though, any selection is acted on immediately. This only happens on
> Lubu and Xubu, LXLE works fine.
> Other than that, I did try the Fn+F8 key combo to reduce screen
> brightness. It didn't work. I didn't test the other Fn+ keys yet.
> Anyway, that 's the latest.


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