[sf-lug] how to wifi a dell inpiron 1545 running ubuntu 9.04?

jim jim at well.com
Mon Oct 26 08:55:35 PDT 2009

cool! thanks lots! 

On Mon, 2009-10-26 at 00:02 -0400, Ken Shaffer wrote:
>         My last few wireless installs on Ubuntu9.04 were easily
>         accomplished by 1)avoiding the bootstrapping issue and
>         initially using a cable to get onto the internet and 2)install
>         the b43_fwcutter package, which will offer to download the
>         appropriate Broadcom driver.  If for some reason the download
>         offer does not occur, then you may be able to deinstall the
>         package and reinstall.
> Disconnect the ethernet cable.  Once the b43_fwcutter package is
> installed, the NetworkManager should automatically pick up whatever is
> needed, and you should see the available wireless access points. Click
> on the one you want, enter the key, and you should be connected.  A
> reboot may be necessary to display all access points, but you may
> right click on the networkmanager icon and under wireless, add a
> connection and enter the ap name and key.  Note, NetworkManager does
> everything but enter the key for you.  If you look at the old manual
> connection info in /etc/networking/interfaces, it will show nothing of
> interest.
> P.S. I'm back in SF and hope to show up at some meetings.
> Good Luck.
> Ken 
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