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You shouldn't have to do anything else as far as I know.  Don't have whole lot of experience messing with wireless problems, so someone else may correct me on that.

Double-check that the wireless isn't turned off on the hardware level.  Do you have any kind of switch or slider that turns it on and off?  A special key that you hit to enable it?

When you click or right-click on the networking icon, is wireless networking enabled?

If none of the above point to the problem, post back output of this in a terminal:

--- Code: ---rfkill list
--- End code ---

Thanks for the info. I followed your directions but the wireless does not light up and show any wireless in the network icon. Is there more required than just the b43-fwcutter? Here is the description from Synaptic:

fwcutter is a tool which can extract firmware from various source files.
It's written for BCM43xx driver files.
It grabs firmware for BCM43xx from website and install it.

I am wondering if I need the drivers and then use this utility to add them.

One quick note, the laptop is a Compaq Presario V5000.

Okay, according to this site you need the b43 driver and not the others.

*  So, connect with an ethernet cable first.
*  Open Synaptic and mark ALL of the Broadcom drivers you have now for complete removal.
*  Just to be sure you start fresh, reboot the computer.
*  Open Synaptic and mark the package "b43-fwcutter" for installation.
*  If it tells you it needs to install anything else along with it, go ahead and accept that.
*  After install is complete, close Synaptic and click the networking icon on panel to see if wireless choices are working.
*  You may have to reboot computer first before wireless is activated properly.  Not sure, but if doesn't immediately work, then reboot.

Hopefully that solves the problem.

Thank you for the input and here is the requested info:

06:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:1355]
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
   Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
   Kernel driver in use: wl
   Kernel modules: wl, ssb

Synaptic installed software:


That should be it! Thank you.

Post back output of this terminal command please:

--- Code: ---lspci -vnn -d 14e4:
--- End code ---

Also, let us know which driver you installed with Synaptic (the "Install/Remove Programs" menu item).


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