[Karmic] BCM wifi driver not working in Dell Inspiron 1525 [Solved]

Bug #468136 reported by Uri Shabtay on 2009-11-01
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Bug Description

I installed Karmic on two Dell Inspiron 1525 laptops, and in both the wireless driver (Broadcom BCM 802.11b/g) didn't work out-of-the-box.

other than that, when i tried installing it within the Live-CD it installed flawlessly for exactly 5 seconds. after that i had a KERNEL PANIC (more than once -- i checked it, and on both laptops) and i had to manually reboot it.

Installation went by ok, but within the installed system i couldn't install the driver (i pressed activate and besides showing me it's installing, nothing happened).

I solved it by reinstalling with synaptic the following packages:

After rebooting, Wi-fi works.


security vulnerability: yes → no
visibility: private → public
Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Fix Committed
Przemek K. (azrael) wrote :

Can you send us a dmesg output from a livecd session on one of these laptops?
Are you able to tell us what was the root cause of this behaviour?

Uri Shabtay (uri.shabtay) wrote :

unfortunately i don't know how to do this.. my friend believes it had to do with a failed update.

Przemek K. (azrael) on 2010-02-28
Changed in ubuntu:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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