Monday, April 29, 2013

[Ubuntu] Wireless stop working after upgrade

If wireless fail to work after upgrade, be sure to use lspci | grep network to look for your wireless device and include this info when you post online for help.

If you're using Broadcom BCM4312 (full name: "Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)") same as mine, then you probably could easily fix by installing the following:
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer b43-fwcutter
or try another one if the above doesn't work:
sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-common
You're adviced to reboot your system, but before that you may try:

  1. off & on your wireless device, it may work straight away without system reboot.
  2. run command modprobe b43

If you choose to reboot and the wireless device doesn't start, try modprobe b43. To autoload the device at startup, edit /etc/modules, add "b43" to the list. That should load it during startup.

Good luck!