[Solved] Ubuntu 11.10 Wireless Issues

Continuing with the joy that is Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot and how it completely messed up my previously working wireless, here’s a solution. Note that I’m currently using a Dell Core i3 Inspiron using the following Broadcom network adapter:

Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n [14e4:4353]

You can run lspci -nvn | grep -i net from a shell console if you want to find out which card your machine uses.

Anyway, long story short, you may need to remove the wrong drivers and install the correct ones. This solution worked but may not work for everyone depending on your hardware:

Remove and uninstall the drivers:

sudo apt-get purge broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source bcmwl-kernel-source

Install the correct one:

sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer

Enjoy and let us know if this solution worked for you. Found a different solution? Tell us about it!

edit: This solution still seems to be working up to current version of Ubuntu 14.10 aka Utopic Unicorn


61 thoughts on “[Solved] Ubuntu 11.10 Wireless Issues

  • November 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Worked like a charm, just as long as you have Ethernet hooked up!! Thanks a bunch!!

  • December 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Perfect! Solved my troubles on 12.10 too, thanks!

  • March 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I had no option for wireless on ubuntu 12.10 and I solved it by installing following
    sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source bcmwl-kernel-source

  • April 15, 2013 at 5:05 am

    worked for me on 12.10 in one try only…thanks!!

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  • June 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Thanks so much dude ,worked on my ubuntu 12.10 perfectly.

  • June 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    work for me on ubuntu 13.04, i did as you post, restart and voila!, work

  • October 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    This didn’t work for me… I’m still looking for a solution… 🙁

  • December 18, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you for making this post. I can now stop being frustrated and move on with my linuxy adventure.

    Seriously. Thank you.

  • January 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    worked perfectly, thanks a lot.

  • February 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Thank you! ( perfect for Lubuntu 13.10)

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