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I'm having serious problems installing the Broadcom drivers for Ubuntu. It worked perfectly on my previous version, but now, it is impossible.

What are the steps to install Broadcom wireless drivers for a BCM43xx card?

I'm a user with no advance knowledge in Linux, so I would need clear explanations on how to make, compile, etc.

lspci -vnn | grep Network showed:

Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:432b] 

iwconfig showed:

lo        no wireless extensions.
eth0      no wireless extensions.
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This answer is based on an extensive research done by various Ubuntu users that worked together in almost all issues related to Broadcom. Special thanks to chili555 who helped in the Ubuntu forums and on this site with many questions related to Wireless devices and to others who have contributed through E-Mail, chats, IRC and more in testing various drivers with several of the most popular Broadcom Wireless cards (Huge Thanks to Chili555 really. This guy knows his stuff).

In total we wanted to offer an answer that could be easy to follow and covered most Broadcom Cards / Drivers. After you follow this guide, you will NEED to test your wireless connection for at least 2 hours (I actually recommend 8 hours) with another device in either Ad-Hoc Mode, Infrastructure Mode or Both. Common problems that will be solved (Apart from drivers not installing) are:

  • Connections timeout after several minutes or hours
  • Stops searching for other devices (Does not see any other device)
  • Keeps asking for password even on cases where AP does not have any
  • Stops any receiving/transmitting traffic (Needs reboot to temporarily fix)
  • Crashes system with dmesg errors in log (Link 1 Below)
  • System freezes completely (You can only press Reboot/Power button) (Link 1 Below)
  • Creates huge log reports trying to correctly configure or connect
  • Fails when installed via Additional Drivers / Additional Hardware (Link 3 Below)
  • Connects and disconnects continuously every X amount of seconds
  • Appears connected on Network Manager but does not receive Internet
  • Tries to connect many times without correctly finishing connection
  • Takes too long to connect
  • After upgrading from a previous version (eg: 12.04 to 12.10) it stops working
  • Wireless card does not turn on, enable or disable (Link 2 Below)
  • Wireless card blocked by hardware
  • More problems found in Launchpad, Ubuntu Forum and Askubuntu

Link 1 - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1060268
Link 2 - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/bcmwl/+bug/732677
Link 3 - Gives an error similar to "Sorry, installation of this driver failed."

So with that in mind, the following is what we have right now which is simplified in just 3 steps:

1. Knowing what Broadcom Wireless Card you have

There are dozens of Broadcom wireless cards and more seem to appear every day. The key to finding the correct driver for any network card is what is known as the PCI ID (PCI.ID). To find out which PCI.ID you have, we proceed to opening the terminal by pressing CTRL+ALT+T (It should open a window with a blank background) and inside this terminal we run the following command:

lspci -nn -d 14e4:

You will get something like the following if you have a Broadcom Wireless Adapter (The ID 14e4 used in the example above in most cases is a Broadcom Wireless Card):

Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter [14e4:4320] (rev 03)

The PCI.ID in this example is 14e4:4320 as seen inside the Brackets [...]. In some cases you will also need the revision version (if it appears) for some special cases. In this case, the revision version is rev 03 as shown inside the Parentheses (...) at the end. So what you will need after this search is:

[14e4:4320] (rev 03)

With this new information you can look in the table below and select the appropriate method to install your driver. For example, In this case, since you have the 14e4:4320 rev 03, if we go down the list to the one that shows the exact same PCI.ID you will see that in the columns for Ubuntu 12.04, 13.10 or 14.04 it shows the linux-firmware-nonfree package driver. This means that you will only have to install this particular package since it appears in all Ubuntu version columns.

NOTE - Before proceeding, if you have previously installed any drivers, have blacklisted or uncommented any driver files or configuration files or have done any changes whatsoever to the system to make the drivers work in previous attempts, you will need to undo them in order to follow this guide. We assume you are doing this from scratch and have not changed any configuration files, modules or drivers in the system in any way (apart from updating the system). This includes any installations using apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, dpkg, software center or manual compilation and installation of the packages. The system has to start from scratch in order for this to work and to avoid any conflicts that may appear if earlier work was done.

For example, if you have previously installed the bcmwl-kernel-source package, you will need to remove it by using the purge method:

sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source

2. Preparing the System

If you have just installed Ubuntu, you will need to build an index of available packages before we can install your driver if you have not done so already:

sudo apt-get update

I would even go so further as to update the Ubuntu list of PCI.IDs:

sudo update-pciids

Just in case the ID of a particular new Broadcom Device you are using has just appeared.

Now using the PCI.ID you found in the steps above, we then search in the list below to find the matching PCI.ID and the method to install the driver associated with it in a simple and correct way. The terminal will be used to avoid any GUI related issues. This applies with all cases, except as noted. The installation procedure is done only via terminal and also while connected to the internet with a temporary wired ethernet connection or USB modem or any means possible that can give your PC, for the time, Internet access. After you find in the list below the correct package we then proceed with the installation.

3. Installing the Package

Assuming you used the PCI.ID 14e4:4320 rev 03 as found in your search above, and then looked at the table below and found that the correct package to install is the linux-firmware-nonfree, we then proceed to simply install this package in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree

and then reboot

sudo reboot

The format to install is pretty simple, it's just:

sudo apt-get install <PACKAGE_NAME>

In the example above, the PACKAGE_NAME is linux-firmware-nonfree.

BROADCOM WIRELESS TABLE (Updated 21 February 2015)

PCI.ID              12.04 LTS                       14.04+
14e4:0576           Special Case #1                 Special Case #1         
14e4:4301           firmware-b43legacy-installer    firmware-b43-installer  
14e4:4306           firmware-b43legacy-installer    firmware-b43-installer  
14e4:4306 rev 02    firmware-b43legacy-installer    firmware-b43-installer  
14e4:4306 rev 03    linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer      
14e4:4307           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer          
14e4:4311           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer      
14e4:4312           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer      
14e4:4313           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer         
14e4:4315           firmware-b43-lpphy-installer    firmware-b43-installer      
14e4:4315 rev 01    firmware-b43-installer          firmware-b43-installer / Case #4      
14e4:4318           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer          
14e4:4318 rev 02    firmware-b43-installer          firmware-b43-installer          
14e4:4319           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer         
14e4:4320 rev 02    firmware-b43legacy-installer    firmware-b43-installer         
14e4:4320 rev 03    linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer      
14e4:4324           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer  
14e4:4325           firmware-b43legacy-installer    firmware-b43-installer
14e4:4328           bcmwl-kernel-source             firmware-b43-installer   
14e4:4329           bcmwl-kernel-source             bcmwl-kernel-source     
14e4:432a           bcmwl-kernel-source             bcmwl-kernel-source     
14e4:432b           bcmwl-kernel-source             bcmwl-kernel-source     
14e4:432c           bcmwl-kernel-source             bcmwl-kernel-source     
14e4:432d           bcmwl-kernel-source             bcmwl-kernel-source    
14e4:4331           linux-firmware-nonfree          firmware-b43-installer    
14e4:4335           UNKNOWN                         firmware-b43-installer
14e4:4353           Special Case #1                 Special Case #1         
14e4:4357           Special Case #1                 Special Case #1         
14e4:4358           bcmwl-kernel-source             bcmwl-kernel-source     
14e4:4359           bcmwl-kernel-source             bcmwl-kernel-source     
14e4:4365           Special Case #2                 bcmwl-kernel-source 
14e4:4365 rev 01    Special Case #2                 bcmwl-kernel-source 
14e4:43a0           UNKNOWN                         bcmwl-kernel-source        
14e4:4727           Special Case #3                 Special Case #1     
14e4:a962           UNKNOWN                         firmware-b43-installer

Special Case #1 - Uses bcma and brcmsmac driver combination. Required firmware is installed by default in the package linux-firmware.

Special Case #2 - Probably only working in 64-bit only for versions older than 14.04. Some cases need to install the linux-firmware-nonfree and bcmwl-kernel-source packages, then proceed to reboot.

Special Case #3 - Use brcmwl-kernel-source for kernel versions less than 3.8. To check for Kernel version open the terminal and type: uname -r. For kernel versions 3.8 and later, use brcmsmac.

Special Case #4 - In hardware like the Lenovo S10-2, if your wireless card gets stuck trying to connect to an SSID (keeps trying to connect), then the alternative to get it working would be to install the brcmwl-kernel-source package (Remove any other installed packages related to it). Read the Debugging section below for more information regarding this wireless device.

IMPORTANT NOTE - After September 2014, if you follow this answer and still you have problems installing the correct driver, please try the firmware-b43-installer package. There were some changes and some drivers will only work with this package. Remember to have a clean system before installing it:

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

In some particular cases, after installing the firmware-b43-installer you need to remove the b43 module, enable it again and even proceed to unblock with rfkill:

 sudo modprobe -r b43
 sudo modprobe b43    
 sudo rfkill unblock all  

If you have a Broadcom card that has a different pci.id, please ask a new question. Once solved, the solution will be added to this howto.


The following information is additional material to read about solving various issues related to Wireless Management and conflicts with other Network devices. Know that it some cases you need to have an updated Kernel version, since each new version of the Kernel introduces either new Network drivers, improvements over existing drivers or solves bugs regarding them.

  • To configure your wireless devices through the terminal I recommend How to connect and disconnect to a network manually in terminal?

  • If your connection drops every so often some users have suggested to set IPv6 to Ignore. Just go to Network Manager (The network icon on the top panel). Click on it then select Edit Settings. Then go to the Wireless connection you are using, select it. Now go to the last Tab in there that mentions IPv6 Settings. In the Method field select Ignore.

  • If your laptop does not detect your wireless card some users have mentioned that using rfkill unblock all will solve the problem. Others simply turned the WiFi switch on their laptops off and then on again (Physical switch available on this laptops). For more information about rfkill please read rf kill unblock all DOES NOT WORK!

  • If you are getting b43-phy0 ERROR: Fatal DMA error / b43-phy0 warning: Forced PIO do the following:

    sudo rmmod b43     
    sudo modprobe b43 pio=0 qos=0  

    If it works then add it to you RC files so it is executed every time you boot. You can change PIO to 1 if you need to it.

  • If your wireless card see/not see the router and gets stuck in an endless "Trying to connect (Try 1/3)" loop the solution might be proper configuration of your router or wireless SSID device.

    For all Wireless cards in general, it is very important to also take into consideration the network devices you are using (Routers, Switches, Wireless Channels and Wireless Bands, etc..). With this information you will be able to evaluate better what the source of the problem could be when you arrive at a dead end. An example would be the Lenovo S10-2 which uses the 14e4:4315 rev 01 PCIID. Even after installing the correct driver the user would end up in a "trying to connect" loop. It would see the wireless SSID but when trying to connect to it, it would enter an reconnecting loop.

    The solution was that this particular wireless device did not support 40 Mhz channels nor does it support 802.11N. The router in that case was actually broadcasting with a forced 40 Mhz and on WiFi-N only. When the router was set to Auto mode and 20/40 Mhz Channel, the wireless card worked correctly. This is a case scenario that also repeats in other cases, so a proper evaluation of the network equipment would help a lot.

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For anyone else who is getting the "wireless is disabled by hardware switch -a" message under wireless (you'll see it by clicking on the icon) - and it's "hard block", that may work in any model (that is working for me in netgear "wireless USB adapter", haven't checked the others, but it may work).

First check if it hard-blocked. Run in terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

sudo rfkill list

If it is, first run this to unblock:

sudo rfkill unblock all

Then I shutdown my PC, disconnected it from electricity and opened its left door. I removed the cycled battery and hit the power-button 20 long and short presses to reset the BIOS.

Then I returned the battery and connected the PC to electricity. I turned on the PC and set the BIOS (also for things like no diskette and boot pririty) in the Wake-on-LAN category where it says something on PME to enabled.

I pressed F10 to save settings and restarted. After all this, the system was ready--desktop and its files. I waited for a while and the Wi-Fi was responding again.

That have already worked for me four times (it may happen any time you are forcing a shutdown or disconnecting the Wi-Fi).

I hope that it would be of help to someone too (:

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Special case: BCM43142 & AR8161 on Dell Vostro 3460

The Intel4000 graphic in my case needs at least kernel 3.6 (for 64-bit: 1,2,3,4). There the needed kernel headers for the Broadcom adapter are included. But the problem is that before installing the kernel, you need to install the build-essential, and this is differing between Ubuntu release versions and window managers. You also need to install the dkms if not already available, too, which is a bit tricky without an Internet connection. So here comes a hint for other noobs like me that I grabbed from here:

  • Install your ...buntu of choice (Linux Mint also works) on a machine where you can access the Internet out-of-the-box (for example, on USB and visit a good, old friend with some easter eggs ;)

  • There you sudo apt-get install build-essential dkms

  • Go to /var/cache/apt/archives (at this location apt automatically stores all your installed packages per default.) Now copy all deb's into a folder, for example, called "BUILD-ESSE" on your USB stick.

  • Now you easily can copy this folder on your Vostro and install those debs via sudo dpkg -i BUILD-ESSE/*.deb.

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I have a HP Pavilion dv6000.

I had this issue while installing Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), and the post b43 - No Internet access helped me a lot.

Specially when you don't have a wired network available on your laptop. All you need is a pendrive with Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) and two files which you can download from a computer with Internet connection (copy them to your pendrive):

  1. http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-
  2. http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-

Follow the instructions on the site I mention above, and don't forget to restart your computer (I skipped step 4 - it worked after the restart).

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The Broadcom STA drivers worked OK for me, and I have the same Broadcom card in my Dell. The slow Internet connection I felt was during powersave mode. Here are the list of Broadcom drivers available. I have been using the opensource driver since then, and I recommend it over the STA drivers.

People say it is not available for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), so you need to install it manually. Ask Ubuntu question Broadcom STA driver doesn't work well with BCM4313 provides information on installing it manually OR you can may be use the Debian builds.

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Using NDISWRAPPER was actually a good solution, but it is not the best one. Using NDISWRAPER sometimes makes my machines freeze, as well as on a MacBook Pro that uses Broadcom BCM4331. You can do "kernel patching" and "re-compile" the driver.

Read the following references for a step-by-step guide to activating the Broadcom 4313 in Ubuntu (it works for BCM4331, and I think will be the same as your problem).

I hope this will help.

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BCM4311 for my DV6000 is not working with the STA driver nor with the b43 driver. With b43 the LED always stays orange (WLAN disabled).

With rfkill I can see:

1: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

With the STA driver I can search the network, but the connection never finishes. The system worked fine with Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) (x86) - now I am using Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) beta 2 (x64).

dmesg shines some light on the error:

s/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. > Please carefully read all instructions on this website.

[ 367.927967] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode13.fw" not found
[ 367.927981] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode13.fw" not found
[ 367.927989] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver v

It seems like the firmware files are missing from the Linux drivers(?). I got the LED back to blue (WLAN is enabled) and scanning is working with:

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

This was from the site http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43.

Now the WLAN network is working for me (doublecheck for the WPA2 password was required :-) ).

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Thanks for your valuable response.

This problem was solved by the following steps:

  1. I removed the Broadcom STA wireless driver from Additional Drivers.
  2. Type bcm in Ubuntu Software Center,
  3. Install "Installer Package for firmware for the b34 driver" (firmware-b43-installer)

Now it's working wirelessly. You don't need to follow the above steps. Install the "B43 driver" for wireless.

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I fixed my problem with the Broadcom bcm4311 drivers.

Steps I took for fixing this problem (I stole this method from nm_geo on ubuntu forums):

(You may need to install synaptic or your favorite package manager.)

  • 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 a 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

    Then save the file (I was getting error messages in the terminal about not being able to save, but it actually did save properly).

  • Reboot

After I did the above the wireless had to be unblocked by rfkill: How to unblock something listed in rfkill?

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Finally I've solved the problem myself, but I'm not sure how. I was about to compile the driver with the source from broadcom.com and instructions provided in http://www.broadcom.com/docs/linux_sta/README.txt, but at this step of the instructions

On Ubuntu, you will need headers and tools. Try these commands:
# apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic
# apt-get build-dep linux

build essential and headers were already installed. I just ran the sudo apt-get build-dep linux command and, Voilá!, after one reboot my connection started running at its normal speed.

I'm not sure of what I've done. I guess it builds kernel or driver dependencies (or both). The BCM driver needed this step and the jockey self-configuration omitted it for some reason.

Anyway, it is fixed.

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The issue with your wifi is that you are using the one forced by Ubuntu, but that does not work. Run the following commands to get the Wifi properly working:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
sudo reboot

After you reboot. Your Wi-Fi should work as intended.

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This is a common problem to Broadcom wireless chip.

Run the following in the terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source

If the command run successfully try to switch on wireless (with the hardware key).

If it doesn't work or the command failed saying there is no such module, then you could try opening a terminal and type

dmesg | grep b43

If you see lines like:

[   17.453421] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode15.fw" not found
[   17.453427] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode15.fw" not found
[   17.453432] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
[   17.680077] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 478.104 (2008-07-01 00:50:23)
[   17.993040] b43-phy0: Radio hardware status changed to DISABLED

Then you probably are lacking the firmware for the broadcom card. Open Software Center, search and install the following packages,

  • b43-fwcutter
  • firmware-b43-lpphy-installerer

Reboot once. Now the wireless should work.

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I have a Dell inspiron 6000 BCM4318 wireless LAN Controller I managed to solve this using synaptic package manager

Here I : First I uninstalled bcmwl-kernel-source Then installed firmware-b43-installer and b43-fwcutter which rebuilt the wifi drivers

I then had to restart

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As I've found out, to systemize this a little, there are four driver families available:

  1. open-source b43 from the the [b43m project][1] that is available in [Linux kernel][2],
  2. open-source brcmsmac/brcmfmac, also availalble in [kernel][3]
  3. Windows libs via [ndiswrapper][4], and
  4. [Broadcom][5]'s own linux [libs (STA)][6]

These links also provide reference to the drivers and lists with chipsets supported.

To be clear with referencing the different IDs, make sure to consult the STA link above prior to reading on, and comprare to yours via:

lspci -nn | grep Network | grep "\[....:....\]"

Here's an example for 4313 (from link #6):

BRCM Product Name | PCI Vendor ID | PCI Product ID | Dell Device ID

4313 2.4 Ghz | 0x14e4 | 0x4727 | Dell 1501

Other than the driver, you also need the firmware, firmware-b43-installer.

The description below has been applied to the STA driver but has been written before this.

Although Ubuntu is meant to be versatile, beautiful, and easy to use for everyone, packages still are prone to dependency faults. Look, installing drivers and other system stuff, it's reasonable to get as verbose a feedback as possible, i.e., do this manually or semi-manually (apt-get), avoid those GUI installers.

I've been experiencing the same issues with my 4313. Let me offer a blunt and partly non-analytical solution:

  1. remove everything of STA that you have

    sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source

  2. install that again manually:

    sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source

  3. read the output. I've been having a nice double-liner:

    Building for architecture x86_64 Module build for the currently running kernel was skipped since the kernel source for this kernel does not seem to be installed.

In such case, which I assume happens quite often, since (1) the inherent dependency isn't resolved and (2) there's a break in the wl interface upon upgrades (which may involve a kernel update), in such case, you should simply do the following two steps and I assume you don't need to reinstall the WiFi driver sources:

  1. check you current kernel version as follows (third entry):

    uname -r

  2. install the appropriate linux-headers, which in my case is:

    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic

    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

After this command you should see (as this has been deferred upon incapacity to compile during the installation procedure of the STA WiFi driver source files):

Setting up linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic (3.5.0-17.28) ... Examining /etc/kernel/header_postinst.d. run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/header_postinst.d/dkms 3.5.0-17-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-17-generic * Running DKMS auto installation service for kernel 3.5.0-17-generic
* bcmwl ( bcmwl ( Installing module. ............ ..........

I'm not sure whether the guys responsible for packages would get to see this. Still, having used Gentoo for years, I've got used to its verbosity and which may seem unnecessary coloring and formatting of output. You guys should add formatting and colors to your apt-get routine, it's so much easier, especially for novice users, to understand what may have gone wrong. And add the headers dependency, you could remove them afterwards--and surely you'd have to rebuild the module upon kernel change.

I hope this helps, and I'm cautious of generalizing the above path to resolve the mass issue. Just give it a try, if it works, awesome, if it doesn't there are so many more solutions offered which are notably more analytical and proficient.

I've also stumbled upon these answers (with a check

lspci -nn | grep Network

for "pci.id 14er:4727"--which holds in my case): Wireless does not work anymore after software update with Ubuntu 12.10 on a Dell Latitude E6230 and Ubuntu 12.10, Wireless not working who refers to the former.

And I've also missed the fact that Ubuntu offers a link in the packages to the currently installed and running kernel and headers version in order to avoid defining the kernel version.

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Make sure you're not having an unresolved linux-headers dependency, cf. After upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04, my Broadcom STA Wireless driver is not working, otherwise install them.

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After several hours of trial and error I finally found a solution for "Debian Wheezy (testing)" !! - I think it should work similar on other distributions too. The main problem was the driver brcm80211 (provided by package "firmware-brcm80211") - now I use the driver wl provided by the package "broadcom-sta-dkms" and everything works !



deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian wheezy main contrib non-free



then do

apt-get update

afterwards do

apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms

now unload conflicting modules

modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcmsmac

please note: your existing WLAN connection will terminate doing this!

load wl module with

modprobe wl

verify your WLAN chip is working:


configure your WLAN interface as usual - finished! :)

(source: http://wiki.debian.org/wl)

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Sometimes, the Additional Drivers Utility will fail to install the Broadcom STA Wireless Driver. When that happens, first check if your card is indeed supported by the STA driver, and to do that, open a terminal window (ctrl-alt-t) and run

lspci -nn | grep -i BCM

The output will include the wireless card model, make sure it is among the models listed below.

Broadcom wireless cards supported by the STA driver:

BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4313, BCM4321, BCM4322, BCM43224, BCM43225, BCM43227, BCM43228

If the card is supported, try installing the driver manually. Open a terminal window (ctrl-alt-t), and run

sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

You may need to reboot at this point.

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SOME Broadcom wireless drivers can be installed opening a terminal and running

  sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

Then enter your password and Y when asked.

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Works for me with simple

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer 

on Kubuntu 12.04 Lenovo G550.

After reboot works perfectly.

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There is a much easier way of solving this problem. The trick is the order in which you install proprietary drivers. The Broadcom driver MUST be installed FIRST before any others.

Example I have a HP TX2-1050ED with Broadcom B43 and ATI Raedon graphics.

I enabled the ATI Raedon driver first then the Broadcom driver this lead to the errors mentioned above.

When I uninstalled the ATI driver then installed the Broadcom driver and reboot. I had wireless. Then I installed the ATI driver and now both work.

This is actually a bug in Jockey as Jockey should resolve the driver conflict for you.

So in short. Broadcom First, then other drivers.

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I had the same problem. b43 and bcmwl didn't work for me. b43 worked but the speed was always below 10kBps.

The open source bcma driver works fine.

sudo rmmod wl
sudo modprobe bcma
sudo reboot

This did the trick for me.

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I have a b43 card and have been using Ubuntu with it since 9.04, I've used the same method to get it working since. It involves some command line usage but believe me it's worth it.

To begin with,if you already have b43-fwcutter installed, you need to reinstall it, please run:

sudo apt-get remove b43-fwcutter

I assume you know the type model of your wireless card. This method does not use the Additionals Drivers way.

After you've uninstalled b43-fwcutter reboot your computer. NB if you've no access to a wired network on your machine you will need to download the b43-fwcutter package manually from here, as well as your card's driver from here. My card is the 4311 so I download the broadcom-wl-4-150-10.5.tar.bz2.

Once you have reinstalled b43-fwcutter either by running sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter or by using the .deb file you'd have gotten from the quoted website, you need to extract your firmware from the tarball. Run tar -xvjf broadcom-wl-4-150-10.5.tar.bz2 (you may need to change the filename to reflect what you downloaded from the driver site, or just use tar -xvjf broadcom*. Then run cd broadcom-wl- and finally sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta_mimo.o. Now reboot and everything should work fine!

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What worked for me for my Broadcom bcm4313 on Asus Eee PC Seashell 1015PEM with Ubuntu 12.04:

  • don't use restricted drivers
  • add "blacklist bcma" to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
  • sudo modprobe brcmsmac
  • add brcmsmac to /etc/modules
  • reboot
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In the case where either the blacklist.conf or apt-get re-install for b43 Broadcom didn't work, it may simply be because the default wireless config still hasn't been enabled properly for WPA/WPA2.

Network folder, wireless and select Options ubuntu 12.04:

  • ipv6 tab - just keep the method as automatic and uncheck the 'Require IPv6 addressing...'
  • ipv4 tab - method should be automatic (DHCP) and check the 'Require IPv4 addressing...'
  • wireless tab - force device mac address to lock connection to the permanent mac address of the laptop
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For people having a Dell Vostro 1320 (or similar) and experiencing a notification in the wireless menu about a turned off wireless, this is what helped me.

The dell_laptop module was interfering with rfkill and telling it incorrectly that the hardware switch is off. This can be fixed by blacklisting the dell_laptop module. Open the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf with your favorite editor with superuser permissions, e.g. press ALT+F2 and type

gksu gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

or in a Terminal:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf 

At the end of the file ad the following like (preferably with a comment):

# dell_laptop communicates wrong hw switch state to rfkill 
blacklist dell_laptop 

Don't forget to save the file. After blacklisting the module this way it will not be loaded during future system startups. Reboot your machine. Wireless should work now.

reference: http://launchpad.net/bugs/701259

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I used user 'bkratz' solution on http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1928241 and it worked for me.

Run these:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
echo "blacklist brcmsmac" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf    
echo "blacklist bcma" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

The first makes sure that the sta driver is in place, the second and third blacklist the two drivers brcmsmac and bcma which clash with the correct sta driver. Copy/paste or make sure your typing is correct!

The last step is to go to 'Additional drivers' and enable the driver.

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Mine is Compaq V3000 Laptop.

If you installed Broadcom STA Wireless driver through additional driver section, please remove the same.

Go to terminal and type

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source 
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

Then restart the machine and enable wireless.

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Just installing the additional drivers, it works in my Dell Vostro 3500.

I did the following steps:

  1. sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

  2. Then re install the additional drivers given below. I activated it.

This package contains Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver for use with Broadcom's BCM4311-, BCM4312-, BCM4313-, BCM4321-, BCM4322-, BCM43224-, BCM43225-, BCM43227- and BCM43228-based hardware.

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I had the same problem with my Acer TravelMate 8172 and its Broadcom 4357 controller on Ubuntu 12.04. I had tried several solutions posted on the web for other Broadcom devices but they didn't work. andybleaden's solution above worked for me.

Following Andy's instructions, first I removed and reinstalled the Broadcom drivers with:

sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

After that, I executed

sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb wl
sudo modprobe wl 

to enable the wireless card.

Unfortunately, the wireless card is off whenever I reboot, so I created a script with the above two modprobe commands to execute whenever I reboot. This will have to do until Ubuntu 12.04 is updated with a fix.

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Open Synaptic and use b43-fwcutter and firmware-b43-lpphy-installer instead of bcmwl-kernel-source or any other.

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