[Solved] Broadcom BCM43162

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[Solved] Broadcom BCM43162

Post by ambrostan » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:17 am

I have recently been persuaded to have fibre broadband installed at my house. It broadcasts on two channels, the faster of the two is a 5G channel. I have a Lenovo G70-70, with Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia installed and running perfectly. Alas the original wifi card isn't able to see 5G networks, but does connect to the slower of the two wifi channels. So I bought another card (should have researched before purchasing). I am tempted to bin it for the sake of a few pounds and buy something I know will work but wondered if anyone can tell me how to get a Broadcom BCM43162 card working in Linux Mint.

There is a fair amount of information on this subject but it all seemed to finish a couple of years ago with the consensus that the card is not supported in current kernels. And it works without any issues on Windows machines.

I am trying to improve my problems solving skills in Linux, but this one has me baffled.

Do I follow my original plan and bin the Broadcom card, or is there a way to get it working?

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Broadcom BCM43162

Post by JeremyB » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:23 am

Post results from terminal for

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lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net
Lenovo's can be a pain because they utilize a whitelist in UEFI/BIOS that will prevent them from booting with an unsupported PCI(e) wifi card installed

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Re: Broadcom BCM43162

Post by kc1di » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:29 am

That particular card has been a problem in Linux for awhile - Get a different one - Just MHO ;)

these cards are known to work on linux https://www.thinkpenguin.com/catalog/wi ... g-gnulinux
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Re: Broadcom BCM43162

Post by ambrostan » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:35 am

JeremyB - I have no issues booting the computer with the card installed. Here is the result of the terminal command:

$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA3 net
01:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 10)
Subsystem: Lenovo RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [17aa:380b]
Kernel driver in use: r8169
Kernel modules: r8169
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:43ae] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:0622]
Kernel modules: wl

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Re: Broadcom BCM43162

Post by JeremyB » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:49 am

That one is still unsupported, I would contact Lenovo about a replacement wifi card from Intel unless you would rather buy a USB wifi

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[Solved] Re: Broadcom BCM43162

Post by ambrostan » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:00 am

That was quick! Its in the bin and another one ordered.

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Re: [Solved] Re: Broadcom BCM43162

Post by kc1di » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:03 am

ambrostan wrote:That was quick! Its in the bin and another one ordered.
just out of curiosity which one did you order?
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