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    firmware-b43-installer won't install 14.04

    Last week I started replacing XP on a set of old Dell Inspiron 6400 laptops in our school with Ubuntu 14.04. Via the forums I learned to get the Broadcom BCM4311 (14e4:4311(rev 01)) by

    1. Using sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source immediately on restart after installation, and

    2 Using sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer on restarting again.

    This worked fine for the first 8 laptops. On Friday it stopped working for me. Here is a terminal copy n' paste.

    sen@sen14pc:~$ sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer 
    [sudo] password for sen:  
    Reading package lists... Done 
    Building dependency tree        
    Reading state information... Done 
    The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required: 
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it. 
    The following extra packages will be installed: 
    The following NEW packages will be installed: 
      b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer 
    0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 123 not upgraded. 
    Need to get 29.3 kB of archives. 
    After this operation, 146 kB of additional disk space will be used. 
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y 
    Get:1 trusty/main b43-fwcutter i386 1:018-2 [25.4 kB] 
    Get:2 trusty/multiverse firmware-b43-installer all 1:018-2 [3,960 B] 
    Fetched 29.3 kB in 1s (29.1 kB/s)             
    Preconfiguring packages ... 
    Selecting previously unselected package b43-fwcutter. 
    (Reading database ... 164992 files and directories currently installed.) 
    Preparing to unpack .../b43-fwcutter_1%3a018-2_i386.deb ... 
    Unpacking b43-fwcutter (1:018-2) ... 
    Selecting previously unselected package firmware-b43-installer. 
    Preparing to unpack .../firmware-b43-installer_1%3a018-2_all.deb ... 
    Unpacking firmware-b43-installer (1:018-2) ... 
    Processing triggers for man-db ( ... 
    Setting up b43-fwcutter (1:018-2) ... 
    Setting up firmware-b43-installer (1:018-2) ... 
    No chroot environment found. Starting normal installation 
    --2014-05-19 12:32:43-- 
    Resolving ( 
    Connecting to (||:80... connected. 
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 503 Service Unavailable 
    2014-05-19 12:32:45 ERROR 503: Service Unavailable. 
    dpkg: error processing package firmware-b43-installer (--configure): 
     subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 8 
    Errors were encountered while processing: 
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    Any idea as to why this process has ceased to work? Any help with the card working appreciated.

    Last edited by coffeecat; May 19th, 2014 at 01:39 PM. Reason: added code tags


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