I want to use wi-fi connection on my old notebook on which the Linux Mint 15 is installed, but I can't because it doesn't see any available installed drivers on it.

I have searched many website and read different variations of setup, but no success.

I have installed offline the b43-fwcutter perfectly, which is needed for wi-fi driver configuration, but have problems with activating driver.

Some details about my settings on Linux Mint:



1). lo no wireless extensions eth0

2). no wireless extensions

sudo modprobe wl


FATAL: Module wl not found

sudo lspci -vnn -d 14e4:

shows me , that I have 4311 version of the device

rfkill list

shows be , that neither software nor hardware is blocked

if in the GUI mode (in my desktop environment) I click on the wireless icon, nothing appears

in the application manager I haven't installed the STA broadcom drivers

if to open Wireless Network drivers utillity in Mint , it doesn't show me any driver

I also was trying to onstall wl_apsta.o with the next command

sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o

all was extracting pretty fine

but when I try to

sudo modprobe b43

nothing happens

How to make work Wi-Fi with the Mint 15 perfectly in offline mode?

  • Hi and welcome to U&L. Please include the actual output of commands rather than describing it. Especially the output of lspci. I think you have a BCM43224 card, is that correct?
    – terdon on strike
    Sep 4, 2013 at 13:13

2 Answers 2


In the best case scenario where your card has the BCM43224 or similar chipset, you should be able to do this:

  1. Download module-assistant and wireless-tools. I assume you have access to the internet somehow or you would not have been able to post. So, download these two packages and save them to your hard drive.

  2. Install both packages (I have used the 64bit one but take the one for your architecture):

    sudo dpkg -i module-assistant_0.11.4_all.deb
    sudo dpkg -i wireless-tools_30~pre9-8ubuntu1_amd64.deb
  3. As root, run the following commands:

    m-a a-i broadcom-sta
    echo blacklist brcm80211 >> /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf
    update-initramfs -u -k $(uname -r)
    modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcm80211
    modprobe wl

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I don't know if this will help but this is the setup that I am now working on LIVE at this Moment..!!!!!

I have a Gigabyte E1500 Laptop with Wireless Capability. I created a USB Distro to boot the Laptop and load Mint 15 in the Distro Capability without installing Mint 15 to just try and test it. I have a Virgin Media account with a Netgear Router

The steps I took were:- Settings - Network Connections - Add - Wifi _ Create WiFi Page - SSID (Enter the SSID of the Router) Security Page - WPA & WPA2 Personal (Enter the Password of the Router) Save

Lo and behold it works. And I have no reason to believe it should not work as you install the System onto your Hard drive.

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