I am using a Dell Vostro 1500 (looking to buy a new computer) and I have installed the wifi drivers with b43-fwcutter or whatever the actual name of it is, but you probably know what I'm talking about.

I am having a problem where I need to enable the wifi kernel module every time I boot my computer, using sudo modprobe b43.

How can I make this automatic?

To make it clear I have tried a couple of things beforehand without success:

I may not have tried all of these methods or may have done them incorrectly. So go ahead and advice any of these and I will try them again just to make sure. I'm pretty sure I have tried them correctly and they didn't work however. Again, not all of them.

  • you already have find the soultions, what have you add to your modprobe file? – Kiwy Mar 14 '14 at 14:27
  • @Kiwy all right. I will try all of them when I can and report back. – greduan Mar 14 '14 at 14:35
  • Both those sources are incorrect. Just use the method in the Arch Wiki... – jasonwryan Mar 14 '14 at 20:56

So I tried all of the methods on those links and also the one @jasonwryan put in his comment, which is direct to the Arch wiki. None of them worked.

I found this fishy and just started exploring. Found /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-wl.conf which contained the following line (among others):

blacklist b43

So it was getting removed from the list of things to load no matter what I tried. Removed it and it worked (FINALLY).

Thanks everyone for your help. :)

P.S.: Arch Wiki on black listing: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Kernel_modules#Blacklisting

  • You should have mentioned that you were not using Arch, but an Arch-derivative... – jasonwryan Mar 15 '14 at 19:13
  • @jasonwryan You are right. I am using ArchBang (IIRC). I had forgotten about that because my original intentions were to use vanilla Arch. Now I know this is not an issue in vanilla. :) – greduan Mar 16 '14 at 12:52
  • Yes, Archbang makes all sorts of "convenient" configuration choices (like the one you found) for you... – jasonwryan Mar 16 '14 at 17:18
  • @jasonwryan thank you very much for your help. I'll note in the future that I use ArchBang. :) – greduan Mar 16 '14 at 19:19

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