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Old 03-03-2015, 12:25 PM   #1
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Broadcom STA wireless driver troubles


I was using Lubuntu 12.02 when I tried to activate the BC STA wireless driver from the additional drivers menu. It started a process, did not complete correctly, and caused the additional drivers window to not be able to reopen after I prematuresly closed it from not responding...

After a reboot, I found that the STA wireless driver was no longer listed under wireless drivers... moreover, when I click the networks icon in the panel, the Wireless Connections (needs missing firmware) icons are removed...

If I look at the PCI devices, the wireless network adapter is still listed.

I have since upgraded to 14.04 if that mattters.

Any idea what I can do about this?
Old 03-03-2015, 03:46 PM   #2
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why don't you upgrade to current (currently 14.10 or 15.04), this alone may give you easier procedure.

if you insist with ubuntu you may also try older version for which you can find trustful tutorial online.

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Old 03-04-2015, 06:02 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice, although when I got to Software and Updates I do not see any option to uodate oassed 14.04...

Anyway, to anyone who is having my same problem, I found that it is the STA driver that is the problem following the instructions to one of the answers to this questin at this link:

It involves using a different driver:

Uninstall the bcmwl-kernel-source package by issuing the following command on a terminal:

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

Make sure that the firmware-b43-installer and the b43-fwcutter packages are installed (of course you will need internet by others means):

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer b43-fwcutter

Type into a terminal:

cat /etc/modprobe.d/* | egrep 'bcm'

(You may want to copy this) and see if the term 'blacklist bcm43xx' is there.

If it is, type cd /etc/modprobe.d/ and then sudo gedit blacklist.conf

Put a # in front of the line: blacklist bcm43xx

Then save the file (I was getting error messages in the terminal about not being able to save, but it actually did save properly).

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Also, I used nano instead of whatever that text editer he used is, so that should be fine.

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