Sorry if this comes off as a bit of a rant, but I want to like Linux, I really like everything I've seen in this distro. Mint feels familiar and friendly, I guess it's because it's most like the other OSs I've used, and here is the but... for a newbie things are just not obvious. Building and working with computers for 20 years, have tried to make the jump to Linux any number of times but for someone coming from an MS environment things are not familiar. With MS things for me are intuitive, it's rare for me to have to pick up a book or do a search to do something, and I've done some pretty arcane stuff to my windows systems.
OK issue. Got an older laptop, Compaq V3019US. It uses a Broadcom 4311 network adapter. I have spent 6-8 hours over 3 days trying to get it to work. Nothing. I enabled the drivers for it and the NVIDIA display, tried RFkill, 3 devices show up, a generic Bluetooth, an HP wireless adapter and an HP Bluetooth adapter. I'm using a BT mouse and it works fine. I'm not seeing a generic Wireless adapter.
Should this not be simple and straight forward? I was running a Win 8 pre release that expired, opted out of the $39 deal, tried 4 or 5 versions of Linux before settling on Mint 14. Initially loaded it on a USB stick and ran it on another of my laptops and it worked perfectly from the first boot, Wifi and all. Installed in on the Compaq and other than the wireless, and being a bit laggy it's fine. Basically my long term goal is to migrate much if not all my systems to Linux, I'm off to a poor start. Open to suggestions - thanks.