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    Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    Problem in Precise Pangolin 12.04 with the Broadband 43xx Wireless Card: Unable to download firmware for wireless. (Also works for 11.10, 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04)

    From the 'Additional Drivers' section:

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

    Solution 1: After installing with the alternate cd, I needed a cable and after updating, I was able to download the STA driver through the 'Additional Drivers' section.

    Solution 2: Another option is here.

    Solution 3: System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager > Search: firmware-b43-lpphy-installer > Click Mark > Click install > Close (This has been removed starting with 11.10 - Oneiric Ocelot. It may be installed with the Ubuntu Software Manager.)

    Kontza found the solution (post #3), so thank him for it.

    This solution fixed this problem on my Dell Inspiron 1545 with a Broadcom 4312 card. (Card Tech Specs: 0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01))
    Last edited by Sef; May 9th, 2012 at 05:20 AM. Reason: 1) Added Specs; 2) Updates
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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    I already installed it,with all dependencies on my dell 1525 but in's not working on Kubuntu. On same laptop,ubuntu partition,evetything is fine.
    Wired,isn't it ?!?

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    I also have an Inspiron 1545, with the same bcm4312 wireless card. I have never used the b43 driver, nor have I ever used fwcutter. All I have ver done is connect the wired connection right after install and enabled the sta driver. Any other time, even in prior releases, The b43 driver has caused me nothing but trouble and complication. I am really confused as to why so many people have had problems using the STA driver when it has always been such a straightforward simple solution.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnytm View Post
    I also have an Inspiron 1545, with the same bcm4312 wireless card. I have never used the b43 driver, nor have I ever used fwcutter. All I have ver done is connect the wired connection right after install and enabled the sta driver. Any other time, even in prior releases, The b43 driver has caused me nothing but trouble and complication. I am really confused as to why so many people have had problems using the STA driver when it has always been such a straightforward simple solution.
    How did you install the STA driver and enabled it? Could you show me the steps (or maybe a link)?

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkmagic View Post
    How did you install the STA driver and enabled it? Could you show me the steps (or maybe a link)?
    I never really did anything Right after I installed Ubuntu I connected my ethernet card. awith the wored connection active now I went to system-->administration-->additional drivers My computer then did a search for availabe drivers and 2 drivers showed up, there was a b43 driver and the sta driver. I clicked o the sta driver and then pressed the activate button. After that all worked well. But I would recommend NOT using the b43 driver unless absolute last resort. I had that problem before. If you want the link where you can download the drivers from t not a problem, But the driver would have to be built first. Try this first though
    Code:
     sudo apt-get --purge remove bcmwl-kernel-source
     sudo apt-get install patch  
     sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    if it still doesn't work you can try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source
    One line at a time of course
    Last edited by johnnytm; October 31st, 2010 at 03:10 AM.

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    Red face Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    Hi,

    Is anyone else seeing some connectivity issues with the Broadcom BCM43224? Is seems to connect just rather slowly compared to when I start the system with OSX.

    V$H.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnytm View Post
    I never really did anything Right after I installed Ubuntu I connected my ethernet card. awith the wored connection active now I went to system-->administration-->additional drivers My computer then did a search for availabe drivers and 2 drivers showed up, there was a b43 driver and the sta driver. I clicked o the sta driver and then pressed the activate button. After that all worked well. But I would recommend NOT using the b43 driver unless absolute last resort. I had that problem before. If you want the link where you can download the drivers from t not a problem, But the driver would have to be built first. Try this first though
    Code:
     sudo apt-get --purge remove bcmwl-kernel-source
     sudo apt-get install patch  
     sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    if it still doesn't work you can try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source
    One line at a time of course
    Thank you!

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    i have tried everything to work my b43-fwcutter i have had HP before worked fine on my laptop i downloaded b43 driver .. went to /usr/share/b43-fwcutter/ & i install the firmware.sh i remember that was the way i did it before .. after installation i run modprobe -r b43 ssb wl .. modprobe b43 .. iwlist scan .. i get nothing but eth1 which i already have a driver on my laptop dell latitude d600 .. ipw2200 .. i need wlan0 driver so i can get mon0 or something or atheros .. i just dont remember the steps i donno if i have to move b43-fwcutter folder to somewhere else .. i've been trying for past 10 days its just not working for me i read some of your posts it seems like u know what you are saying .. i will post my lsmod .. & everything you need please help me here .. i think i also downloaded after all updates upgrades bcmwl-kernel-source i donno what file it went to cant find it cant find the code to find the version .. i just need some help to have a b43 driver to work .. here is my lsmod

    Code:
    root@ubuntu:/home/dflpride# lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    b44                    25574  0 
    ssb                    38902  1 b44
    mii                     4381  1 b44
    wl                   1959598  0 
    binfmt_misc             6587  1 
    rfcomm                 33421  4 
    sco                     7885  2 
    bridge                 45614  0 
    stp                     1655  1 bridge
    bnep                    9436  2 
    l2cap                  30624  16 rfcomm,bnep
    snd_intel8x0           25588  2 
    snd_ac97_codec        100646  1 snd_intel8x0
    fbcon                  35102  71 
    tileblit                2031  1 fbcon
    ac97_bus                1002  1 snd_ac97_codec
    font                    7557  1 fbcon
    bitblit                 4707  1 fbcon
    snd_pcm_oss            35308  0 
    softcursor              1189  1 bitblit
    snd_mixer_oss          13746  1 snd_pcm_oss
    vga16fb                11385  0 
    snd_pcm                70694  3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    vgastate                8961  1 vga16fb
    snd_seq_dummy           1338  0 
    snd_seq_oss            26722  0 
    snd_seq_midi            4557  0 
    radeon                676897  3 
    pcmcia                 30784  0 
    snd_rawmidi            19056  1 snd_seq_midi
    ttm                    49943  1 radeon
    snd_seq_midi_event      6003  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                47263  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    drm_kms_helper         29329  1 radeon
    snd_timer              19098  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    drm                   162409  5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    snd_seq_device          5700  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    joydev                  8740  0 
    yenta_socket           20408  4 
    i2c_algo_bit            5028  1 radeon
    ipw2200               135216  0 
    rsrc_nonstatic         10015  1 yenta_socket
    snd                     54180  14  snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    libipw                 39896  1 ipw2200
    pcmcia_core            32964  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    ppdev                   5259  0 
    video                  17375  0 
    soundcore               6620  1 snd
    dell_wmi                1793  0 
    parport_pc             25962  1 
    snd_page_alloc          7076  2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    intel_agp              24375  1 
    output                  1871  1 video
    lib80211                5046  3 wl,ipw2200,libipw
    psmouse                63245  0 
    btusb                  10957  2 
    agpgart                31724  3 ttm,drm,intel_agp
    dcdbas                  5422  0 
    lp                      7028  0 
    shpchp                 28820  0 
    bluetooth              49892  9 rfcomm,sco,bnep,l2cap,btusb
    serio_raw               3978  0 
    parport                32635  3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    tg3                   109324  0 
    
    root@ubuntu:/home/dflpride# lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 81)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 01)
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 01)
    00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 01)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV250 [Mobility FireGL 9000] (rev 02)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet (rev 01)
    02:01.0 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711EC1 SmartCardBus Controller (rev 20)
    02:01.1 CardBus bridge: O2 Micro, Inc. OZ711EC1 SmartCardBus Controller (rev 20)
    02:03.0  Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2]  Network Connection (rev 05) ..
    i donno what more information you need just ask me to run the code & i will send it to you but i think im following every step possible on the internet but its kind of not working for me i went to system / admin / hardware drivers .. all of them are emply im using UBUNTU 10.__ THE LATEST ONE .. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON ..

    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
    Last edited by Sef; December 31st, 2010 at 01:12 AM. Reason: Added Code Tags

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnytm View Post
    I never really did anything Right after I installed Ubuntu I connected my ethernet card. awith the wored connection active now I went to system-->administration-->additional drivers My computer then did a search for availabe drivers and 2 drivers showed up, there was a b43 driver and the sta driver. I clicked o the sta driver and then pressed the activate button. ...
    Just wanted to let you know that I got an Inspiron 1546 today, and the STA drivers mentiond above worked beautifully. Thanks to johnnytm for his straightforward explanation!

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (10.10, Maverik Meerkat)

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnytm View Post
    I never really did anything Right after I installed Ubuntu I connected my ethernet card. awith the wored connection active now I went to system-->administration-->additional drivers My computer then did a search for availabe drivers and 2 drivers showed up, there was a b43 driver and the sta driver. I clicked o the sta driver and then pressed the activate button. After that all worked well. But I would recommend NOT using the b43 driver unless absolute last resort. I had that problem before. If you want the link where you can download the drivers from t not a problem, But the driver would have to be built first. Try this first though
    Code:
     sudo apt-get --purge remove bcmwl-kernel-source
     sudo apt-get install patch  
     sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    if it still doesn't work you can try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source
    One line at a time of course
    It wont happen because I have no wired connection. I have the file on the install disk, but do not have the knowledge to install it from the install disk

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