SOLVED: How to Install Inspiron 6400 Wifi Driver for Linux

March 14th, 2014 by steve shields

It appears that the Broadcom BCM4311 wireless chipset is incorrectly identified in Ubuntu and its variations, including Linux Mint. This applies to the Dell Latitude D420/D820 and higher series along with my Inspiron 6400.

Even Linux Mint 16 Petra was failing to activate the WI-FI on the install.

To install the correct driver, do the following:

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer b43-fwcutter


Doing so turned on the wifi light and allowed the machine to connect flawlessly.

Thanks to Tim Shields for finding this for me.

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