Ubuntu

Ubuntu 12.04 fails to install broadcom STA drivers

Reported by Mohd Khaerul Azree Che Kamaruddin on 2012-04-27
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This bug affects 13 people
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Jockey
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jockey (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Jockey fails to properly install broadcom STA wireless drivers.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Vlad (vcosvic) wrote :

i confirm, extremely critical, without access to internet on main computer, help plese

steffen (steffen-b) wrote :

I had the same problem with my Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY : no wlan and the driver could not be installed with the ubuntu driver manager.

For me the following fixed my wlan problems:

sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source

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

restart your ubuntu after the installation, now your wlan should be working.

Hope this helped!

I had this problem too, so this is the message: Check the log file for more details: / var / log / jockey.log
and i don't know what to do. for now I'm ussing DSL to connect internet

Peter McKay (peteramckay) wrote :

Had this issue after upgrading Ubuntu from v11.10 to 12.04 today on my MacBook. Steffen's suggested fix worked like a charm for me. Many thanks for posting!

Alfon (deobass333) wrote :

Steffen's response has repaired my problem.Thanks

Nice one Steffen.. Thanks...

davbran (tech-ax9l) wrote :

Quick work around while installing, disable wireless networks before installing.

jintermeister (jintermeister) wrote :

Had the same problem with Dell Inspiron E1405, Broadcom chip BCM4311, using Ubuntu Studio 12.04. Steffen's response repaired my issue.

doubi (doubi) wrote :

Same issue on TravelMate TM8372TG-5454G50Mnbb. Unfortunately Steffen's work-around didn't work for me.

I also tried following the instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#b43_-_No_Internet_access but when I returned to Additional Drivers b43 didn't show up.

What did work was manually building and installing the Broadcom hybrid wireless driver available from here: http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

The README.txt is very clearly written. One caveat though: Running `make` I received a compiler error about 'ndo_set_multicast_list' not being a recognised field or something. An internet search turned up that all you have to do is change 'ndo_set_multicast_list' to 'ndo_set_rx_mode' in the code (src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c, line 388). It's really very easy and it compiles fine after this, and you can continue following the README to install your newly compiled kernel module.

One (more) caveat: it may be my imagination but it appears as if my signal strength is now *slightly* less than it was under 11.10. Perhaps it's the same though and something has just changed in the way it's reported, like what happened with an iOS update a while ago and got a lot of people upset.

Anyway, if anyone else can't get Steffen's method to work I this proves useful.

kiaikim (kiaikim) wrote :

I'm a newbie and don't get what I should put as the path on the broadcom readme file.

BUILD INSTRUCTIONS
------------------
1. Setup the directory by untarring the proper tarball:

For 32 bit: hybrid-portsrc.tar.gz
For 64 bit: hybrid-portsrc-x86_64.tar.gz

Example:
# mkdir hybrid_wl
# cd hybrid_wl
# tar xzf <path>/hybrid-portsrc.tar or <path>/hybrid-portsrc-x86_64.tar.gz

doubi (doubi) wrote :

Hi kiaikim,

<path>/hybrid-portsrc.tar just means "the path to wherever you've saved hybrid-portsrc.tar". A common place you might have saved it from Firefox would be your ~/Downloads directory. So in that case it would be `tar -xvf ~/Downloads/hybrid-portsrc_x86_32-v5_100_82_112.tar.gz`. Hope that helps.

kiaikim (kiaikim) wrote :

This works: http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=5842.msg39492#msg39492 except the last 2 steps are in the firmware directory, not modules.

kiaikim (kiaikim) wrote :

Thanks, Doubi,
It probably would have helped. Found this other fix though not too long after writing that message.
Thanks again!

Tom Seagrave (airasiasucks) wrote :

Steffen, perfect, been looking everywhere to solve my problem and your solution worked. Thanks, being a newbie I was about to give up and go back to Windows, time to explire now.

steffen (steffen-b) wrote on 2012-04-27: #3

I had the same problem with my Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY : no wlan and the driver could not be installed with the ubuntu driver manager.

For me the following fixed my wlan problems:

sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source

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

restart your ubuntu after the installation, now your wlan should be working.

Hope this helped!

Bob Merhebi (bobmerhebi) wrote :

Steffen's does not work for me :S

Following the steps on: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#STA_-_Internet_access
activates the device until I reboot!!!

Bob Merhebi (bobmerhebi) wrote :

Having rebooted & powered off several times it works now; sometimes it does others it does. I'll have to check it later when I reboot/shutdown.

Bob Merhebi (bobmerhebi) on 2012-09-24
no longer affects: jockey
Bob Merhebi (bobmerhebi) wrote :

I have submitted a kernel bug & assigned it as show. This problem is also, on some systems, relavant to relevant: https://bugs.launchpad.net/linux/+bug/732677

Hope I did the righ thing!

Changed in linux:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Adam Porter (alphapapa) wrote :

This may now be related to bug 1097519 and bug 923809. This should probably be closed now. Marking incomplete.

Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in jockey:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in jockey:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
dino99 (9d9) wrote :

Jockey has been superseded by software-properties, which now handles
third-party driver configuration.

Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in jockey:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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