broadcom 80211 firmware needs symlinks

Bug #728746 reported by Timo Kluck
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux-firmware (Ubuntu)
Leann Ogasawara
Leann Ogasawara

Bug Description

Binary package hint: linux-firmware

The brcm80211 module needs the contents of the firmware files


which are currently packaged in linux-firmware. But the module needs these symlinks to them:


which are currently missing.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: linux-firmware 1.48
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-5.32-generic 2.6.38-rc6
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-5-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Thu Mar 3 22:34:11 2011

LiveMediaBuild: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64 (20110302)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: linux-firmware
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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Mohegan (jack-mohegan) wrote :

I confirm. For the brcm80211 module, it is necessary to add links:
cd /lib/firmware/brcm
sudo ln -s bcm43xx-0-610-809-0.fw bcm43xx-0.fw
sudo ln -s bcm43xx_hdr-0-610-809-0.fw bcm43xx_hdr-0.fw
And do this command if wl run :
sudo rmmod wl

And this commands work :
sudo rmmod brcm80211
sudo modprobe brcm80211

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Timo Kluck (tkluck) wrote :

Thanks for confirming, Mohegan. I'm setting the status to 'confirmed'.

Changed in linux-firmware (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Mohegan (jack-mohegan) wrote :

It works but it is very unstable. I have many kernel panics with the brcm80211 module.

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Florian Stoll (flostoll) wrote :

After creating the following symlinks


it works fine with BCM4313 wireless card on my Asus EEEPC 1015pem Ubuntu 11.04 64bit.

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Timo Kluck (tkluck) wrote :

Mohegan: you should probably file a new bug for your stability issues. File it against the 'linux' package. You could include the output of lspci and dmesg.

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Mohegan (jack-mohegan) wrote :
Changed in linux-firmware (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Leann Ogasawara (leannogasawara)
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → In Progress
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Patrick Wright (patrickmwright) wrote :

The workaround partial works on Lenovo IdeaPad U160. After creating the symlinks, the wireless device is discoverable. But, when wireless is enabled by any method (selecting Enable Wireless in network manager, rfkill unblock wifi, keyboard shortcut) Natty immediately freezes and requires a hard shutdown

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package linux-firmware - 1.49

linux-firmware (1.49) natty; urgency=low

  * Rebase against git:// 5d6e01c4db4e8115296895efcf1feb80be93b8c4
    linux-firmware: Add Patch and sysconfig files for AR300x

  [ Leann Ogasawara ]

  * UBUNTU: Rename bcm43xx Broadcom Firmware Files
    -LP: #728746
 -- Tim Gardner <email address hidden> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 14:29:50 -0600

Changed in linux-firmware (Ubuntu Natty):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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James Schriver (dashua) wrote :

This update enabling the open source brcm80211 driver works, but is extremely unstable on my system. I can last only several minutes before a kernel panic occurs. I have to blacklist the brcm80211 module and reload the closed wl module. The brcm80211 seems to take precedence over the wl, which I already had installed. This will definitely present an issue for the common user. I have a Broadcom 43225.

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Timo Kluck (tkluck) wrote :

James: thanks for taking the time to report the stability issues you're experiencing. Could you please report them at #730215, or click the 'affects me too' button, there. You can also subscribe to that bug to watch its progress.

This bugreport is just about the firmware symlinks, and will probably be closed soon.

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Matthew McGowan (mmcg069) wrote :

Hi i have a Dell Latitude D620, the wireless does not work at all. From what i can tell my wireless is as follows:

0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g (rev 01)

The restricted package is installed an is reporting active according to the Restricted Drivers application.

My wireless functioned wonderfully in the previous release of Ubuntu (10.10).

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Travis Brown (travismbrown) wrote :


I had same issue on my Dell Latitude D830 (same wireless card, etc)..

remove the STA restricted driver and then install the fwcutter method described elsewhere here (just google BCM4311 fwcutter install.

Then do a:
sudo modprobe b43

Presto, wireless working!!

Worked for me, hopefully for you too.


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