confilct with firmware-b43-lpphy-installer wireless stops working

Bug #859569 reported by Ulsi Gem on 2011-09-26
This bug affects 1 person
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linux-firmware-nonfree (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I have a broadcom 4312 chip that requires firmware to be loaded in order for the wireless card to work. Under regular Ubuntu with Unity, I opt out of using the b43 driver and use the restricted Broadcom STA wireless driver wl provided by the Additional Drivers application. Unfortunately this driver does not appear after using Kubuntu live CD install, so I installed the b43 driver using the package: firmware-b43-lpphy-installer.
It downloads (I'm connected using the ethernet cable) the broadcom-wl- file from and extracts the firmware to /lib/firmware/b43/ folder.
After this my wireless works.

The latest version of linux-firmware-nonfree version 1.11 for Oneric Ocelot includes all firmware files:
linux-firmware-nonfree (1.11) oneiric; urgency=low

  * Get _all_ of the b43 firmware files.
      tar xjf broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
      b43-fwcutter -w . broadcom-wl-5.100.138/linux/wl_apsta.o

 -- Tim Gardner <email address hidden> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:40:08 -0600

linux-firmware-nonfree (1.10) oneiric; urgency=low

  * Added b43 firmware files now that the in-kernel driver
    is becoming more capable.

 -- Tim Gardner <email address hidden> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:06:19 -0600

This overwrites the files from firmware-b43-lpphy-installer package and upon reboot I am not able to connect using wireless. The wifi light on the laptop lights up but I can't connect using network manager, there is no list of available networks.

I removed linux-firmware-nonfree and reinstalled using command:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
after a reboot wireless works again.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: linux-firmware-nonfree 1.11
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-11.18-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-11-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Sep 26 03:56:39 2011

InstallationMedia: Kubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Beta amd64 (20110921.2)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: linux-firmware-nonfree
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Ulsi Gem (ulsigem) on 2011-09-26
description: updated
Olcay Korkmaz (olci) wrote :

in the oneiric kernel doesn't support new tx header on b43 and 5.100.138 firmware requires that feature

anyway lastest old tx supported firmware source can download here but requires b43-fwcutter-0.15 for extraction

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