The past few days have been quite an experience trying to install Ubuntu on an old Dell D620. The machine can’t run Windows effectively anymore, but I thought that it might still be able to handle the load of Linux. I was right about that, but it has been a pain in the butt getting the wireless card working on the machine. Everything that Google returns offers different answers, but I am going to list what I have done to get it fixed.

  1. Get rid of the driver installed by Additional Drivers.
    • Go to System Settings -> Additional Drivers
    • Remove the Driver that was installed
  2. Install the Broadcom Drivers through Software Manager
    • sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
  3. Edit the Modprode Blacklist
    • cd /etc/modprobe.d
      nano blacklist.conf
    • Find the line that mentions bcm43xx and place a # before it.
      #blacklist bcm43xx