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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Broadcom wireless driver

Installing Linux on Dell laptops, quite panic. I installed many times, Ubuntu , CentOs and fedora core versions.
first few times I have struggled to setup wireless network on laptop. finally many defective practice , I have got a solution for this panic issue.following few step will resolve , Broadcom wireless driver issue on Linux operating system.

This I have tested with Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) and it requires a wired internet connection on your laptop.

After your Ubuntu installation, its unable to recognize & install the broadcom driver through the hardware drivers.

Step 1:

1. First connect to the internet via a wired connection.
Then go to Synaptic Package Manager (System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager)

2. Click the Reload button in the upper left corner of Synaptic to refresh your repository index.
It will download complete information of available packages.

3.Then search for bcmwl-kernel-source and install the bcmwl-kernel-source package.

Step 2:

1.Once you connecting to the internet through wired connection, open a terminal & type:

# sudo apt-get update

# sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source

That’s it, just reboot your system. after a reboot, you can see driver installed and working.


Assiris said...

I tried on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty proposed version but can not restore wireless connection (

Gutcha Katz said...

Totally solved my problem.. thanks a lot!

Gutcha Katz said...

Totally solved my problem, thanks!

Nidiahk said...

It said it did not recognize -reinstall command any idea why?

pijen said...

type --reinstall NOT -reinstall

Sushant Singh said...

thankyou very much

V.VIGNESH said...

thanks ! It worked...

Ewan Wilson said...

Wonderful, simply wonderful!!!!!!
I've been trying for ages to get Linux Lite to work with my wireless connection on a Dell Latitude E4300 laptop. Your instructions were spot on. Very many thanks.
Kind regards,

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