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This is my first installation of Ubuntu, but I've been running it live on a DVD and flash drive for months. Today I installed Ubuntu 13.04 onto a 3-year old Lenovo G550 laptop, and it has a proprietary Broadcom wireless driver.

When I booted Ubuntu as a live system from the DVD, telling Ubuntu to use the proprietary driver in the settings menu was straightforward, and I was able to connect to my home wifi. However, after installation, I attempted to do the same process, but after I hit "apply changes" after selecting "use broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver source from bcmwl-kernel-source (propretary)", I was met by a pop-up telling me to authenticate. I entered my password, and hit enter. The window dims, a bar indicates that the change is working, but then it changes again to "do not use driver."

For some reason, the driver just won't install. It worked when I was running Ubuntu live, but after installation it won't work. What do I do? My laptop is compromised if I can't use the wireless (because Windows 7 crashed on the computer).
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Sometimes a kick fixes it (I mean reboot the PC). – Braiam Aug 26 '13 at 23:33
I also faced similar problems.... None of the above steps worked for me.... Pls help me out.... Thanks – user269044 Apr 15 '14 at 3:02
Please reply if the Saurav Kumar's solution works. – Danatela Apr 15 '14 at 3:36
Please consider my working solution for Cinnamon 64x "Rebecca" for the same issue:… – Teodor Ciuraru Apr 11 '15 at 21:42

It seems that there is some problem occurred when you installed Wireless Broadcom 802.11 driver. You can give a try to followings:

  1. Open a terminal and execute following commands:

    $ sudo (jockey-gtk &)
    $ sudo update-grub
    $ sudo update-initramfs -u

    jockey-gtk will automatically searches all available drivers and try to fix it. Then restart your system.

  2. Try to reconfigure installed Broadcom Wireless Driver

    $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure bcmwl-kernel-source

    if it still doesn't work then re-install it by completely removing it:

    $ sudo apt-get autoremove bcmwl-kernel-source
    $ sudo apt-get --purge remove bcmwl-kernel-source
    $ sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
  3. Try to update your system, sometimes updating fixes a lot of issues. Update your system after removing any broken packages, residual unused packages, execute these commands:

    $ sudo apt-get autoremove
    $ sudo apt-get autoclean
    $ sudo apt-get install
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get upgrade

I hope any of these steps work for you. Reply if something goes wrong..

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sorry --- navigating the site yesterday with a phone I inadvertently downvoted it. Had to do a null edit to remove the downvote. – Rmano Apr 15 '14 at 14:11

Uninstall the bcmwl-kernel-source package by issuing the following command on a terminal:

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

make sure that the firmware-b43-installer and the b43-fwcutter packages are installed (of course you will need internet by others means):

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer b43-fwcutter

type into terminal:

cat /etc/modprobe.d/* | egrep 'bcm'

(you may want to copy this) and see if the term 'blacklist bcm43xx' is there

if it is, type cd /etc/modprobe.d/ and then sudo gedit blacklist.conf

put a # in front of the line: blacklist bcm43xx


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Please consider my working response for Cinnamon 64x "Rebecca" here:

  1. Open the DVD / USB with the Linux install.

  2. Go to /pool/main/e/eglibc.

  3. Install both packages. (libc6-dev & libc-dev-bin)

  4. Go to /pool/main/b/bcmwl.
  5. Install package. (bcmwl-kernel-source).

Note: If you don't find the packages there, search them elsewhere in /pool. (updates might change paths)

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