I recently installed ubuntu 13.10 on the computer to get some use out of it. I have no clue why the wifi is not working as a day ago it had Windows Vista and was. I have installed the proprietary driver for networking and it had made it no better. I have also installed all update using ethernet. Why is the wifi not working?

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8038 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4352] (rev 14) Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0110] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 43 Memory at 44000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K] I/O ports at 2000 [size=256] Capabilities: Kernel driver in use: sky2

03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01) Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Device [1468:0422] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17 Memory at 44500000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K] Capabilities: Kernel driver in use: wl

0a:09.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller [104c:8039] Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0110] Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 20 Memory at d0204000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K] Bus: primary=0a, secondary=0b, subordinate=0e, sec-latency=176 Memory window 0: 40000000-43ffffff (prefetchable)


If you have ethernet working, it is quite easy. If you do not have any internet connection on your system, just let me know and I will post a different solution, suitable to this case.

Issue the following commands:

   sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
   sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source

Reboot, it should work.

  • Just did this and made no change. – Brandon Dec 24 '13 at 7:39
  • @Brandon make sure the module b43 is loaded, by checking modinfo | grep b43. Empty output, it is not loaded: force its loading with sudo modprobe b43. Some output, it is correctly loaded but does not work: in this case dmesg | grep wlan0, dmesg | grep b43, post the output. – MariusMatutiae Dec 24 '13 at 8:00
  • Alright. I got caught up with school, and the holidays. So I am going to completely wipe the computer and freshly install Ubuntu 13.10. And if it does not work then I will ask what to do. – Brandon Jan 7 '14 at 2:20
  • @Brandon Ok,, that sounds like a fun project. – MariusMatutiae Jan 7 '14 at 2:23
  • Okay I now have a fresh install with all the updates installed. what should I do next? – Brandon Jan 7 '14 at 4:27

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