How to install Broadcom Wireless Device on HP Mini 5101 running Ubuntu Jaunty

HP Mini 5101

Yesterday I received my new HP Mini 5101 running Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (SLED 11). Due to the fact, that i do not like working with Suse I installed Ubuntu 9.04 but there were some problems regarding the wireless chipset (Broadcom 5343) and the Ethernet adapter (Marvel 436c).

After installation the wireless and the ethernet devices were not working. The problem was that I needed to install proprietary drivers which were not included in Ubuntu due to licence issues. Probably you don’t have internet connection as I didn’t have. I had to download the packages on another computer and transfer them via a USB stick to my HP Mini 5101:

The packages to install are the following:

  1. linux-image-2.6.28-15-generic
  2. linux-backports-modules-2.6.28-15-generic
  3. linux-backports-modules-jaunty-generic
  4. linux-backports-modules-jaunty
  5. linux-restricted-modules-common
  6. linux-restricted-modules-2.6.28-15-generic

After downloading, installing and rebooting my system the proprietary drivers could be activated in System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers and everything worked fine.

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3 thoughts on “How to install Broadcom Wireless Device on HP Mini 5101 running Ubuntu Jaunty”

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  2. If someone’s interested, I tried to get the Broadcom 4353 working on my HP Mini 5101 with Ubuntu 9.10, and this didn’t work. But what did work, was using ndiswrapper.

    I downloaded the driver from

    Then I followed the instructions on

    Good luck! 🙂


  3. Today (January 30th 2010), I have upgraded my HP5101 (XP-home) with a Ubuntu 9.10. While doing the install from an USB drive, then upgrading the system with the latest updates (using a wired cable) – everything went very well. Even the broadcom wireless reciever worked out-of-the-box (after doing the standard upgrade and allowing use of the propritary drivers).

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