I am new to Linux, but the method you give is so simple, even I coud do it: It is maintained upstream here. I have used ubuntu mostly, but wanted to give mint a try as well. If you wish to permanently use the open source drivers then remove the bcmwl-kernel-source package: For installation instructions, please see here. By devinmcelheran at

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Broadcom Cards With B43 and bcm43xx Firmware. Internal cards To identify a card that was installed inside your computer prior to purchase, please open a Terminal and execute: By devinmcelheran at If your chipset is supported as per above, but doesn’t work, please file a bug following the b43 driver procedure below. This is what your looking bcm43sx If you can’t find it, just keep looking, lspci lists all your hardware, so if there’s no wireless card in there, chances are, you don’t have a wireless card.

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When satisfied, the relevant Broadcom proprietary driver will be acquired, the firmware within will be extracted and installed. This is my example of output for my wireless card: Instructions for installation may be found later in this article. Double click on the package to install or in a Terminal issue the following commands: Enable the one that has Broadcom wireless in the name.



This book contains many real life examples derived from the author’s experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

Removed from Linux at 2. Once you’ve determined your card model, you should know whether you need the bcm43xx firmware, or the b43 firmware. The bfwcutter package will need to be installed. Back to top Switching between drivers If you card is supported by more than one driver then use the modprobe command to test the drivers.

Identifying Your Broadcom BCM43xx Chipset With this information, you may assess what drivers are supported for your card, and how to switch to a different driver from the instructions below. This is simply a script to extract and install the b43legacy driver firmware, maintained by the Ubuntu community.

wireless – problem with bcm43xx / b43 / b43legacy blacklisted /var/log/ – Ask Ubuntu

Open a new Terminal and use bfwcutter to extract and install the firmware: To unload and blacklist: Please provide the router manufacturer, model, and firmware version. Back to top b43 – No Internet access If you do not have any other means of Internet access from Ubuntu, then you will have to download the firmware from another computer with Internet access, from an existing OS on another partition, or before you install Ubuntu.

The necessary kernel module is automatically loaded for supported devices. In it, please ensure all of the below is provided if missing: Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in. If you are having a WiFi issue, please see below on getting this addressed. The open-source brcmsmac driver for PCIe devices is available from the brcm module of the linux kernel package, maintained upstream by the linux kernel community.


The broadcom-sta package aims to offer an earlier version for a given release. Back to top STA – No Internet access If you do not have any other means of Internet access on your computer, you can install the bcmwl-kernel-source package from the restricted folder under. If you see the message “Module build for the currently running kernel was skipped since the kernel source for this kernel does not seem to be installed” then you are missing the appropriate generic linux-header package s.

Using Windows’ binary drivers: Yes, I’m not a linux pro, I’m a newb. The aim of Ubuntu is to ensure all card models work automatically with ncm43xx, or minimal configuration.

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