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I am struggling to get my internet to work on Linux. I am able to connect to my wireless internet through any other device I choose but my laptop will not find it. I have tried using the hidden connection option but still cannot find it. Is there anything else I can do?

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So you can't get the laptop to join your wireless network? What are you using to try (the network manager applet that comes with gnome)? – Kevin Feb 12 '13 at 19:37
um im using the basic that comes with the OS yes, no fancy add ons or anything like that. at the moment i have had to connect my phone to my wireless then use a usb tether from the phone to the laptop to get on to the internet. ass backwards i know but is working for the time being – user32230 Feb 12 '13 at 19:47

You need to enable non-free in your sources.list then install compat-drivers.

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(in my case broadcom)

just copy+paste brcm directory in lib/firmware in crunchbang. You can get that brcm directory in Kali Linux or other distro in same place lib/firmware

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