My HP laptop's WiFi card doesn't work.

lspci -vnn | grep Network showed:

01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Limited BCM43142 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4365] (rev 01)

and iwconfig returns:

lo no wireless extensions.
eno1 no wireless extensions.

I tried this AskUbuntu solution, but the following command

sudo ifconfig wlan0 up

solely returns

wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device

  • What is the response to the terminal command: sudo modprobe wl Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. – chili555 Nov 17 '16 at 19:37
  • I get : modprobe: FATAL: Module wl not found in directory /lib/modules/4.4.0-47-generic – haldo Nov 17 '16 at 19:43

Please try re-installing the correct driver:

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

If there are errors, please edit your question to report them.


First, check the settings in the router. WPA2-AES is preferred; not any WPA and WPA2 mixed mode and certainly not TKIP. Second, if your router is capable of N speeds, you may have better connectivity with a channel width of 20 MHz in the 2.4 GHz band instead of automatic 20/40 MHz, although it is likely to affect N speeds. I also have better luck with a fixed channel, either 1, 6 or 11, rather than automatic channel selection. Also, be certain the router is not set to use N speeds only; auto B, G and N is preferred. After making these changes, reboot the router.

Next, I recommend that your regulatory domain be set explicitly. Check yours:

sudo iw reg get

If you get 00, that is a one-size-maybe-fits-all setting. Find yours here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2 Then set it temporarily:

sudo iw reg set IS

Of course, substitute your country code if not Iceland. Set it permanently:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/crda

Use nano or kate or leafpad if you don't have the text editor gedit.

Change the last line to read:


Proofread carefully, save and close the text editor.

Next, I'd set IPv6 to Ignore in Network Manager: http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/18/html/Installation_Guide/images/netconfig/network-connections-ipv6-ignore.png This example is for ethernet, but you want wireless.

Is there any improvement?

  • I tried that and the new response is:modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'wl': Required key not available – haldo Nov 19 '16 at 19:12
  • Please check here: askubuntu.com/questions/762254/… – chili555 Nov 19 '16 at 20:18
  • I have disabled secureboot in bios, and did the sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source But I still cant connect to wifi, it just says disconnect. =( – haldo Jan 2 '17 at 18:30
  • Do you now see networks? Do you try and fail to actually connect? – chili555 Jan 2 '17 at 21:16
  • Yes I can see them, but not connect "Disconnected you are now offline" it says – haldo Jan 3 '17 at 8:13

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