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Wireless issues Dell E6530, 3.3.6 kernel

Postby bbbaldie on Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:25 am

I'm running Mint 13 on a Dell Laltitude E6530. I was having periodic lockup issues, tracked that down to a kernel issue with the i5 processor. So I upgraded to the 3.3.6 kernel. Unfortunately, that killed my wireless.

When i attemp to switch wireless drivers through the Additional drivers dialog, it gives an error. Here is the content of /var/log/jockey:

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2012-11-26 08:58:58,392 WARNING: modinfo for module wl failed: ERROR: modinfo: could not find module wl

2012-11-26 08:58:58,393 WARNING: /sys/module/wl/drivers does not exist, cannot rebind wl driver
2012-11-26 08:58:58,468 DEBUG: BroadcomWLHandler enabled(): kmod disabled, bcm43xx: blacklisted, b43: blacklisted, b43legacy: blacklisted
2012-11-26 08:59:02,045 DEBUG: BroadcomWLHandler enabled(): kmod disabled, bcm43xx: blacklisted, b43: blacklisted, b43legacy: blacklisted
2012-11-26 08:59:02,066 DEBUG: BroadcomWLHandler enabled(): kmod disabled, bcm43xx: blacklisted, b43: blacklisted, b43legacy: blacklisted
2012-11-26 08:59:02,263 DEBUG: BroadcomWLHandler enabled(): kmod disabled, bcm43xx: blacklisted, b43: blacklisted, b43legacy: blacklisted
2012-11-26 08:59:13,847 DEBUG: unbind/rebind on driver /sys/module/bcma/drivers/pci:bcma-pci-bridge: device 0000:02:00.0
2012-11-26 08:59:18,201 DEBUG: BroadcomWLHandler enabled(): kmod disabled, bcm43xx: blacklisted, b43: blacklisted, b43legacy: blacklisted
2012-11-26 08:59:18,419 DEBUG: BroadcomWLHandler enabled(): kmod disabled, bcm43xx: blacklisted, b43: blacklisted, b43legacy: blacklisted


I haven't found this issue anywhere on the interwebs, I'm asking my fellow mint friends for help.
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Re: Wireless issues Dell E6530, 3.3.6 kernel

Postby wimstock on Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:38 pm

You should have the old kernel still available on your boot screen. Maybe 2 or 3 down. If so click on that and take a look at what driver it was using.
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Re: Wireless issues Dell E6530, 3.3.6 kernel

Postby bbbaldie on Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:28 pm

It's the Broadcom proprietary driver which comes with this info:
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This package contains Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA wireless driver for use with Broadcom's BCM4311-, BCM4312-, BCM4313-, BCM4321-, BCM4322-, BCM43224-, and BCM43225-, BCM43227- and BCM43228-based hardware.


FWIW, I've edited the blacklist file and is seems to have no effect on the above error messages.
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Re: Wireless issues Dell E6530, 3.3.6 kernel

Postby bbbaldie on Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:51 pm

Fixed it! Folowed the instructions in this thread:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/125624/d ... connection

To sum up, I did this: udo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

Then rebooted into 3.3.6, wireless worked out of the box!

Hope this helps someone else. :-)

(someone please mark as Solved)
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