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. Read the Debugging section below for more information regarding this wireless device. Could it be a reason of my issue with wireless? Then you probably are lacking the firmware for the broadcom card. However, if you want to do it manually then the instructions are as follows: If you’re behind on versions, I’d suggest the upgrade but for a quick fix, you can take a look at the mainline kernels and try one of those. Open Synaptic and use bfwcutter and firmware-blpphy-installer instead of bcmwl-kernel-source or any other.

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Remember to have a clean system before installing it:.

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First check if it hard-blocked. To begin with,if you already have bfwcutter installed, you need to reinstall it, please run: The BCM driver needed this step and the jockey self-configuration omitted it for some reason.

The bcmwl-kernel-source package should automatically blacklist the open source drivers so that the STA driver is the only one in use. At any rate my problem ended up being that I was missing an important metapackage – linux-image-extras I believe. 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.


The bcmwl-kernel-source package aims to offer a later version for a given release.

Debian — Details of package broadcom-sta-dkms in jessie

If you’re not seeing that, something else has been loaded in and you need to blacklist that. Installing Windows drivers with NdisWrapper.

Just add ” contrib non-free” to the end of your existing line. NDISwrapper This should only be used as a last resort, if the device is not supported by Linux kernel drivers e.

To configure your wireless devices through the terminal I recommend How to connect and disconnect to a network manually in terminal? So I guess thanks are in order.

Broadcom 43xx wireless devices

Make sure you’re not having an unresolved linux-headers dependency, cf. Please provide the router manufacturer, model, and firmware version. If your connection drops very often, it means you are almost in the middle of both router devices. The point of Ask Ubuntu is to collect answers, not deban to answers. Let me offer a blunt and partly non-analytical solution:.

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. Then in a terminal, execute: It worked perfectly on my previous version, but now, it is impossible. In hardware like the Lenovo S, if your wireless card sat stuck trying to connect to an SSID keeps trying to connectthen the alternative to get it working would be to install the bcmwl-kernel-source package Remove any other installed packages related to it.


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. After you find in the list below the correct broadxom we then proceed with the installation. With the STA driver I can search the network, but the connection never finishes. Required firmware is installed by default in the package linux-firmware.

Please include only one not both of the following corresponding to which driver series you are filing a report against: I have a bit machine, but running Ubuntu Using Windows’ binary drivers: I found the light wouldn’t come on when I switched it to the op position. Type bcm in Ubuntu Software CenterInstall “Installer Package for firmware for the b34 driver” firmware-binstaller Now it’s working wirelessly.

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. The b43 infrastructure is composed of two parts. I see “wireless is disabled” in the right corner on the top of display: