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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ubuntu Hardy on Lenovo G400

Below are the features of this machine:

* Intel Pentium Dual Core T2080
* 1.73Ghz, 533MHz FSB, 1Mb L2 Cache
* Intel 943GML Chipset
* 2GB 667MHZ DDR2
* CD-RW/DVD-RW Tray-in Rambo
* 14 WXGA (1280x800) TFT LCD
* Intel GMA 950 Graphics
* 56K V.92 designed modem; 10/100 Ethernet LAN
* Broadcom wireless adapter, BCM94311MCG
* 4-in-1 Card Reader
* 6Cell Li-Ion Battery
* 2.35Kg Weight

Installing Ubuntu Hardy Beta was not a problem. Only the Broadcom wireless adapter was the stopper.

Here are some pointers to make the wireless adapter work on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Beta.

1. We will be using ndiswrapper. I tried the native driver for a few test but it does not work properly.

2. These pointers were taken from and

3. Create init scripts. Open the Terminal and run sudo gedit /etc/init.d/ Copy the following lines.


modprobe -r b44
modprobe -r b43
modprobe -r ssb
modprobe -r ndiswrapper
modprobe ndiswrapper
modprobe b44

4. On the Terminal make the init script executable using sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/

5. Make the script run during boot up, sudo update-rc.d defaults

6. Install needed packages and windows drivers.

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 ndiswrapper-common


7. Reboot your machine.

8. Unzip the downloaded R140747.EXE using unzip -a R140747.EXE

9. cd DRIVER/

10. Install the windows driver using sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf and sudo ndiswrapper -l. The last command should indicate detection of the adapter like

bcmwl5 : driver installed
device (14E4:4311) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)

11. Finish everything with sudo ndiswrapper -m and sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

12. Reboot your machine. The fn+f5 key should now work and your the nearest wireless networks should now be detected.

13. To connect to the wireless network follow the Basic Procedure in Connecting to the Internet from

14. End. Hardy has been stable about a month ago. I've been using it on another laptop.


dysnoia said...

sir rick, magkano'ng kuha nyo sa g400? eto po ba yung nasa villman/rsun na 33k?

Tek for the Pipol said...

Hindi ko lang alam. Sa ThinkPc binigay nila sa amin ng around 29K with the upgrade RAM to 2GB. Explore other stores sa Gilmore.

Disente na ang makinang ito.

fishfillet said...

Thank you po sa HowTo. Kabibili ko lang just now. Try ko po bukas if it works. Sana gumana kasi I have high hopes :)

@dysnoia: Kami dito sa Tarlac ay nakabili ng halagang P28,500 na may libreng bag, webcam, at mouse sa isang local PC shop.

fishfillet said...

There was a time that this how-to worked but the b43 worked but with limited speed on me.

But then I took a second look at your instructions, did some small modifications and now its working in full speed.

Thank you for showing me the way.

obay said...

wondering if this will work on my G410...

obay said...

hi, i think i've exhausted all fwcutter how-to's, so i gave urs a try.

im using G410 on Hardy

i followed ur instructions and everything was fine until the end. but i still could not connect wirelessly. i checked the network icon on the top right, edit wireless networks, and my wireless network is not detected. on my windows (dual boot), i can do wifi.

anyway, the led for wifi on the laptop is lit (after one of those fwcutter how-tos. til now, it's ON, but no wireless connectivity.

sorry im new to all this.

any help would be appreciated.


Tek for the Pipol said...


G410 is using intel pro 3945 wireless device. Have you tried this guide,