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 Post subject: How To Install the Broadcom B43 or STA Wireless Drivers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:48 pm 
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Please Note this How Too is to be used as Reference Only, since the posting of this How Too the Broadcom Drivers constantly change in the Development - Upstream & Downstream. Other How Too's releated to the Broadcom Drivers will Be posted as resolutions arise, Thank You , Jay :arrow:

N.B. Please see this updated guide first. The below is still valid but some new information has come about which might make the updated guide a bit easier.

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Broadcom Wireless Driver issues resolution tutorial
Difficulty: Situational, depending on hardware compatibility
Time: Situational, depending on hardware compatibility
Desirability: Essential if your wireless hardware requires Broadcom Drivers

How To Install the Broadcom B43 or STA Wireless Drivers

If your Driver does not show up in the list of the Hardware Driver Tool or you have problems installing, I will try to list the easiest route for you to get them installed & working.
There are a few computers that when scanned with the Driver Tool ( in the System Menu ) that will display the Broadcom B43,BCM5700, or any number of the Free Broadcom Wireless Drivers.They will not work on some Hardware, or Systems.
Additionally sometimes the Driver Tool will List more than one & or the Propriety Broadcom STA wireless Driver. These drivers will not install & or Co-Exists with each other. If the Driver Tool gives you the option of the Broadcom B43 & the Brodcom STA, I usually recommend the Broadcom STA driver Due to several advantages that the STA Driver offers ( on some hardware ) including = Improved Wireless Speed,Range & better support over a broader range of Hardware.
If both Drivers are offered, You will have to Install & test each one to determine which one works Best with Your Hardware.

If the B43 driver works well with your Hardware with good speed & range then stick with it.

In some cases No wireless driver is offered in the Driver Tool. This can be easily solved through Synaptic.

OK Lets Get your wireless working

First you need to be Hardwired to the Internet ( LAN, Modem, Ect. )

When You are connected to the Internet then go to the Start Menu Button & Look for the Synaptic Package Manager.

Make sure That you reload ( refresh ) the Packages List.

Go to the Search Bar & type in Broadcom.

You should See up to 6 Broadcom Packages Listed in the Repository.

Now you will select your Packages for install.

Next Depending on your Hardware

For the STA Driver, All of the STA Driver Packages.

You will need the packages =
( bcmwl-kernel-source = Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver source )
( bcmwl-modaliases = Modaliases for the Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA driver )
(broadcom-sta-common = Common files for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver)
(broadcom-sta-source = Source for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver )

You will not always need the last 2 packages, only in some cases are they required, some Hardware Requires this & some does not. If it is "Auto Selected " by Synaptic as a Dependency then your Hardware does. If in doubt select these packages.

So you should have a total of 4 selected.

For The B43 Driver Select the packages =
( B43-fwcutter = Utility for extracting Broadcom 43xx firmware )

& depending on your hardware requirements, you may or may not need the kernel source driver package. If in doubt select this package =

( bcmwl-kernel-source = Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver source )

You should have Selected 2 Packages for installation.


Synaptic may "Auto Select " some of the Packages Needed as dependences = This is normal & will only install the packages that your hardware requires.

Now you will go ahead & click the apply button, It will allow you to review your selected packages & then you can choose the install option.

There will be a short time while the Synaptic Package Manager ( Fetches ) Downloads & Installs your selected Packages.

After the successful installation of your packages, You will need to Restart ( Reboot ) the system for these changes to take affect.

After a successful reboot, you can check if the driver is Activated by going to the Driver Tool in the System Menu.


Although there are those who are uncomfortable with Source Driver Compiling, Sometimes this may be the only route. I would not suggest you go this route unless you are comfortable with the command line & compiling from source.
There is a How To Post that shows you how to compile the Broadcom4306 driver from source
HERE = http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=201902&highlight=wireless+connection+Icon

For More info on Broadcom, or Any of the listed drivers, Just Search Google or Ubuntu Forums.

I hope this Helps you with your Wireless issues, Have a Good Day.

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