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SOLVED: BCM4311 wlan b43 driver always must restart...

Postby extensanewbie on Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:30 pm

Ok I have a dual booted Acer Extensa running Linux mint 14 xfce / mageia 2, with the broadcom bcm4311 card. I got it working by uninstalling the wl and sta software and using b43-fwcutter The problem is everytime I start mint I have to use terminal and input:

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Sudo modprobe b43


That gets it working but I'd like to have it start automatically. Any ideas?

I've also edited the etc/modprobe_d/blacklist.conf file to;
# replaced by b43 and ssb.
"#"blacklist bcm43xx
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Re: BCM4311 wlan b43 driver always must restart...

Postby kc1di on Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:44 pm

Hi extensanewbie,

you need to add b43 to the /etc/modules file.
you'll have to do it as root.
so in a terminal type this
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sudo gedit

when gedit come up navigate to /etc/modules
and add b43 to the list.
it will then be started on boot up.

also if you had sta driver install b43 may have been blacklist and thus ignored at boot up.
you can check to see if it is blacklisted by
navigating to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and seeing if it's there if it is remove it or place a # infront of it and that should do it.
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Re: SOLVED: BCM4311 wlan b43 driver always must restart...

Postby extensanewbie on Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:30 pm

Thanks kc1di that worked!
I don't remember seeing that anywhere in my countless searches either so hopefully it'll help some other people too!
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Re: SOLVED: BCM4311 wlan b43 driver always must restart...

Postby kc1di on Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:53 pm

your welcome glad it's working for you. Enjoy ;)
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Re: SOLVED: BCM4311 wlan b43 driver always must restart...

Postby page2171 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:32 pm

kc1di,

Thanks for posting that help. It helped me get the wifi working on my Inspiron 1525 on startup. :D
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