Vista kills Ubuntu wireless

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Sep 2 19:50:44 UTC 2009

On 09/02/2009 11:13 AM, Young wrote:
> I just got my first laptop (Dell Studio 1737), and wanted to do it up 
> right with Ubuntu. Before I even let Vista run, I forced it to boot from 
> the Ubuntu 9.04 i386 live CD and it *worked fine, including the 
> wireless*. So I, of course, think I'm home free.
> I used GParted to repartition the hard drive for Vista, /, swap, /home, 
> and a second NTFS partition for shared files.
> Next, I let Vista boot, and it didn't seem to be happy with the 
> repartition, but it eventually finished the initialization, and after 
> multiple reboots it seems to *run fine, including the wireless*.
> Then, I booted from the Ubuntu live CD again and installed Ubuntu. When 
> I finally boot into Ubuntu off the hard drive, *the wireless will not work*.
> I then boot from the live CD, and *the wireless will not work*.
> I boot back into Vista and the *wireless works fine*.
> Multiple iterations, same results.
> Where do I start?
> Will 64 bit fix this? How about using the Alternate Install CD?
> I hope you guys can help. I haven't been able to find anything via Google.

What chipset is the wireless? lspc will tell you:

$ lspci

Is it?
Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)

Have you loaded the wireless drivers?
System|Administration|Hardware Drivers
(note: you'll need to use a direct connect of course).

If the drivers are loaded & activated, then I'll look here:


Subtitute 'BCM4312' with the proper chipset if BCM4312 is not correct.

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