After nearly a year of touching nothing but Apple Macs, we experienced a sudden computer shortage in the office and I had to breathe life into an old Compaq Presario CQ40.
The old machine was heavily bogged down by Windows Vista, so I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 and was up and running in no time… until I couldn’t connect to the wifi.
It’s been a while since I had to troubleshoot Ubuntu, but it was as easy as ever. I simply Googled Ubuntu 12.04 can’t connect to wifi, and in the second link I found this article about a similar problem in Ubuntu 11.04.
I pretty much followed the instruction from there, but hit a snag as they give the instructions for a Broadcom 4311 chip, which identifies itself as [14e4:4312] when you run this command and scroll back to find the information about your Network controller.
- $sudo lspci -v
Mine identified itself as Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01).
The main difference there being that BCM4312 and the LP-PHY identifier.
Although in the comments somebody said they tried the instruction above on BCM4312 and it worked for them, I didn’t have the same luck.
Luckily the answer presented itself right there in the terminal after following those instructions, so here’s what helped me get Ubuntu 12.04 using Broadcom BCM4312 LP-PHY connected to the office wireless Internet of our office wifi:
- $sudo apt-get update
- $sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
- $sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
- $sudo reboot
And that’s how you get Ubuntu 12.04 with a BCM4312 LP-PHY Wireless Chip to connect to wifi.