[Solved] Wireless driver stopped working after upgrade – Ubuntu

I upgraded my Ubuntu box and after success restart I found that WIFI was not working anymore. I knew that my wireless driver was broadcom. Verify with command

$ lspci -vnn | grep Broadcom


03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)

1. To make it work, I first uninstalled the b43-fwcutter

sudo apt-get purge b43-fwcutter

2. Added the source

deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian sid main contrib

to /etc/apt/sources.list

3. updated the package list by

sudo apt-get update

4. Then installed

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer

See clearly I have used the firmware-b43-lpphy-installer which is firmware for Broadcom low power physical devices

In your case, if this doesn’t work for you then you might try to install this driver

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

5. After successfull installation, I restarted my laptop and the wifi was functional again.

Note: Also, verify that your device is not blacklisted by viewing the content of /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

if you see the line blacklist bcm43xx in the file, then just uncomment this line and save the file.

This worked for me and expect it to work for you as well. If you find any problem, please mention it in the comment and I will try to become as much helpful as possible.

Samundra Shrestha

Fullstack Developer, Senior Software Engineer

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