Dell Latitude 610 will not load bcm 4306 wifi Mint 17.1-32

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glhallway
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Dell Latitude 610 will not load bcm 4306 wifi Mint 17.1-32

Post by glhallway » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:03 pm

I have been trying to get the wifi to work on my Brothers Dell Latitude 610 laptop. It has the Broadcom BCM 4306 modem. If I boot from USB to Mint 13 it will find the card but needs firmware installed. If I boot to Mint 17.1 Cinnamon it will not even recognize the card.

I ran lspci in terminal and 06:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce 54g] 802.11a/b/g PCI Express Transceiver (rev 02 was listed.
After that I ran the following:
$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
$ wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broa ... .5.tar.bz2
$ tar xf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
$ cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver/
$ sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/ wl_apsta_mimo.o
$ sudo modprobe b43
$ sudo echo "b43" >> /etc/module$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
$ wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broa ... .5.tar.bz2
$ tar xf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
$ cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver/
$ sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/ wl_apsta_mimo.o
$ sudo modprobe b43
$ sudo echo "b43" >> /etc/module
(When I ran this I got access denied)

I have ran out of ideas so if anyone can help please do so I am stuck but stubborn enough to keep on trying.

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Re: Dell Latitude 610 will not load bcm 4306 wifi Mint 17.1

Post by richyrich » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:09 pm

Mint 17/17.1 now use the updated firmware-b43legacy-installer for the 4306, it's installed via Synaptic Package Manager.

Edit: or the firmware-b43-installer if your 4306 is version 3. OR the 4318

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Re: Dell Latitude 610 will not load bcm 4306 wifi Mint 17.1

Post by glhallway » Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:18 pm

I did try that but no success maybe I need to just purge all broadcom firmware and start from scratch.

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Re: Dell Latitude 610 will not load bcm 4306 wifi Mint 17.1

Post by JeremyB » Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:15 pm

glhallway wrote:I did try that but no success maybe I need to just purge all broadcom firmware and start from scratch.
I don't think the firmware will work unless Linux Mint is installed on a hard drive. Once installed you should just need to

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sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
and reboot

You should not have to echo anything to /etc/modules unless

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lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
shows something unexpected

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