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HP Mini with Ubuntu needs Firmware upgrade for Wireless

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I recently installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my HP Mini 311.  The OS is beautiful.  It is a great fit for what I use my netbook to do: web development, view videos, and surf the net.

Unfortunately, I realized my wireless adapter was not working after installation.  It had a message that said something about needing a firmware upgrade.

I did some soul searching and internet surfing and found an answer to the problem! 

Open a terminal and execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install –reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source

After a restart, my problem was solved. 

I found this answer here:


Oh yeah – I’m also selling the netbook to make room for my next toy.  Info is here:

Make me an offer.


Written by curtismitchell

December 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Posted in Linux

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  1. My only complaint about Ubuntu is everything just works. Part of me is ecstatic that I can just get down to business, the other part of me yearns for the days when you have to compile kernel modules by hand and type mknode. Then I realize I’m turning into one of those “get off my lawm” old men, which is bad since I don’t have a lawn.

    Justin Dearing

    February 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    • LOL, I remember jokes about Linux requiring a PH.D to install. Now, Canonical has made it really easy to get up and running. I think they hope for wider adoption of Linux in households and enterprises. I’m still waiting for the differentiating factor: the thing that makes a user say, “because Ubuntu is the only OS that does …, I’m switching.” That’ll be the day.


      April 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

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