I tried all 3 drivers: Both bcmwl-kernel-source and firmware-b43-installer both work in terms of showing all the wireless networks. The third one b43legacy does not work at all.
Running Mint 18.1 XFCE, 32 bit and router is Western Digital MyNet 600.
output from inxi -Fxz:
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System: Host: mint-HP-Mini Kernel: 4.4.0-53-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.28) Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP Mini v: F.05 Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 361A v: KBC Version 02.0E Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: 361A0 Ver. F.10 date: 12/25/2008 CPU: Single core Intel Atom N270 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 3191 clock speeds: max: 1600 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1067 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-53-generic Network: Card-1: Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY driver: wl bus-ID: 01:00.0 IF: wlp1s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Marvell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller driver: sky2 v: 1.30 port: ec00 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 18.4GB (34.1% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_pSSD_16G size: 16.4GB ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: Transcend_2GB size: 2.0GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 14G used: 4.9G (38%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-2: swap-1 size: 1.06GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 49.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 184 Uptime: 2 min Memory: 189.1/990.1MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.461) inxi: 2.2.35
Had not used netbook in years, it had Peppermint 4 on it. When I turned it on with Peppermint 4, it would not connect to our wireless router. Wireless had worked long ago, when I was using this daily, but that also was a different router. I thought maybe updates were needed, since P4 could not update, tried Mint 18.3, then Peppermint 8, then Lubuntu. Wireless goes on but would not connect with any of these.
Ended up on Mint 18.1, after seeing this post, indicating it worked for someone else with similar wireless: