[Broadcom BCM43142, BCM4313] STA wireless driver failed to activate on 12.04.4

Bug #1287635 reported by Yung Shen on 2014-03-04
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
bcmwl (Ubuntu)
Alberto Milone
linux-lts-trusty (Ubuntu)
Alberto Milone

Bug Description

Failed to finish driver activation correctly, installing broadcom wireless driver by using Addtional Drivers (Jockey) cannot be finished, because wl seems not correctly built.

To verify this issu, execute the same steps in bug 1279690 .

Also tired out the patch in bug 1173761 ,and following steps in comment #55 and #58 [0], still not fixing the problem.

Affected devices:
BCM43142 [14e4:4365],
BCM4313 [14e4:4727]

[0] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1173761/comments/58

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: bcmwl-kernel-source
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.11.0-15.25~precise1-generic 3.11.10
Uname: Linux 3.11.0-15-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
ApportVersion: 2.0.1-0ubuntu17.6
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Mar 4 04:27:30 2014
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Release amd64 (20140204)
MarkForUpload: True
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: bcmwl
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Yung Shen (kaxing) wrote :
Yung Shen (kaxing) wrote :
Yung Shen (kaxing) wrote :
description: updated
Ara Pulido (ara) on 2014-03-05
tags: added: blocks-hwcert-enablement
Yung Shen (kaxing) wrote :

Same issue happend on system with BCM4313 [14e4:4727], also sighted in 13.04( bug 1097519 ) and 12.04.1( bug 1220504 ).

Daniel Manrique (roadmr) on 2014-03-05
Changed in linux-lts-saucy (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Yung Shen (kaxing) on 2014-03-05
tags: added: 201204-10857
description: updated
summary: - [Broadcom BCM43142] STA wireless driver failed to activate on 12.04.4
+ [Broadcom BCM43142, BCM4313] STA wireless driver failed to activate on
+ 12.04.4
description: updated
Changed in bcmwl (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Alberto Milone (albertomilone)
Changed in linux-lts-saucy (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Alberto Milone (albertomilone)
Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

According to the log, the module was built:

First Installation: checking all kernels...
Building only for 3.11.0-15-generic
Building for architecture x86_64
Building initial module for 3.11.0-15-generic

Running module version sanity check.
 - Original module
   - No original module exists within this kernel
 - Installation
   - Installing to /lib/modules/3.11.0-15-generic/updates/dkms/


DKMS: install completed.

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

the following line is what's failing:
unbind/rebind on driver /sys/module/wl/drivers/pci:wl:

which calls driver_bind, and ultimately pci_device_probe, which then dies (as per the backtrace)

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

Here are a few more clues from the first apport file:

NetworkManager[1220]: <info> (eth1): new 802.11 WiFi device (driver: 'wl' ifindex: 3)

NetworkManager[1220]: <info> (eth1): deactivating device (reason 'managed') [2]

NetworkManager[1220]: <info> (eth1): device state change: disconnected -> unmanaged (reason 'removed') [30 10 36]

NetworkManager[1220]: <info> radio killswitch /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:04:00.0/ieee80211/phy0/rfkill1 disappeared

wpa_supplicant[1357]: Could not read interface eth1 flags: No such device

Apparently NetworkManager deactivates the device for some reason. I'm not familiar with NetworkManager, let's ask an expert.

Alberto Milone (albertomilone) wrote :

@Mathieu: any ideas on this issue?

Ara Pulido (ara) on 2014-03-06
Changed in linux-lts-saucy (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in bcmwl (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in linux-lts-saucy (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
affects: linux-lts-saucy (Ubuntu) → linux-lts-trusty (Ubuntu)
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