This process is exactly the same as the one documented in my earlier post regarding Ubuntu 12.10. I’ve included it below for posterity.
These instructions also work with 12.04 and 12.10 and 13.10 and I believe (although I haven’t tested) with 11.10 and 11.04. Earlier versions I have no idea.
- Make sure you are connected to the internet with an Ethernet cable.
- Run the following commands in the terminal:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
- After the commands have completed unplug the network cable and restart your laptop.
- On first login press Fn + F2, the WiFi light should come on near the power button and the option for WiFi and connecting to WiFi networks should appear in the network connections applet near the clock.
This got me up and running and the next thing I did was move from Unity to XFCE. The 1501 can run Unity 3D just fine but I found that the interface was too laggy for my liking, which I put down to the age of the machine rather than Unity itself. XFCE runs much faster and it’s interface stays out of your way allowing you more screen real estate for activities like programming and browsing.
This was how to enable wireless in Ubuntu 12.10 on a Dell Inspiron 1501