Warning! bcmwl-kernel-source 6.20.155.1 breaks WiFi

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Warning! bcmwl-kernel-source 6.20.155.1 breaks WiFi

Postby cstuettgen on Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:08 am

I have an ACER Aspire One 722 running Linux Mint 13 Maya Mate 64bit. I have not had any problems and it has been running great, until today.

Update Manager notified me of an update to the bcmwl-kernel-source. Having been a long time user of Linux Mint (since version 9) and never having had a problem installing an update, I went ahead and installed it. I was connected to a wired connection on my office network at the time. When I got home this evening and booted up I was unable to get a wireless connection. Since I knew that the only thing that had changed was the wireless driver, I immediately knew what the problem was.

I removed the updated driver, version 6.20.155.1 (r326264), (sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source), then connected to a wired connection and downloaded bcmwl-kernel-source_5.100.82.38+bdcom-0ubuntu3.2_amd64.deb. I double-clicked the downloaded file and let the Package Installer install it. I ignored the warning about a newer version being available the repository.

After rebooting, the wireless connection came up immediately.

Hope this helps someone else.
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