Wireless Broadcom no Linux Mint

1. The Mint developers of LMDE have enabled the “non-free” repositories by default. To confirm this navigate to

  • Menu > Administration > Software Sources.
  • Select the <Third-Party Software> tab

Debian Testing Officially supported DFSG-compatible Software with Non-free Dependencies Non-DFSG-compatible

If the “non-free” repository was not present, add it to to /etc/apt/sources.list. Open the file with

gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and add these lines at the end of the file

# Debian Testing (currently Wheezy)
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free

save and close.
updated to reflect testing instead of squeeze

2. The remainder of the installation process will be performed as the root user in a terminal. Open a terminal, type su, press <enter>, type your password (there will be no response from the blinking cursor), press <enter>. The terminal prompt will change from something like username@computer-name ~ $ to computer-name username # Note: the change from $ to #. Also, to avoid confusion between a one (1) and lowercase L (l) commands can be copied from the tutorial and pasted into the terminal. The key combination to paste into the terminal is <Shift><Ctrl><v>

3. Update the list of available packages. Install the module-assistant and wireless-tools packages:

apt-get update
apt-get install module-assistant wireless-tools

4. Build and install a broadcom-sta-modules-* package for your system, using Module-Assistant:

m-a a-i broadcom-sta

The “a-i” stands for “auto-install,” meaning “download the module source, compile it for the current kernel and install it”.

5. Blacklist the brcm80211 module, to prevent it conflicting for support of BCM4313, BCM43224 and BCM43225 devices:

echo blacklist brcm80211 >> /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf

6. Rebuild your initial ramdisk, to blacklist modules defined at /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf within initramfs:

update-initramfs -u -k $(uname -r)

7. Unload conflicting modules:

modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcm80211

8. Load the wl module:

modprobe wl

9. Verify your device has an available interface:


10. Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

11. Exit the root terminal:



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