Tuesday, March 03, 2015

How to slove the problem when using Broadcom BCM4360 chipset on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (X99, MacBook)

I have to use MD simulation for my current project and the lab I cooperate with recently purchased a desktop for Amber (an MD simulation software). The hardware of the desktop is according to the suggestion from Amber website.


At the bottom of this page there is a section named "Building you own System", following a list of the hardware of the desktop. So we just ask the IT company if there is same or similar product and the desktop is delivered after the Chinese New Year. The motherboard is the same as the suggestion: ASUS X99, and we buy ASUS X99-Deluxe, in which there is a built-in Wi-fi.

However, the Wifi couldn't work when the installation of Ubuntu is done. I google again and again and again and there is no solution for the built-in Wifi. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS used Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA driver. But every time I chose this driver for the Wifi chipset there would be a problem. It seems the Wifi chipset BCM4360 is an abandoned child.

When I'm about to give up and want to buy a Wifi adaptor for this desktop. I took a glance of the bug report page.

There is it!

At the #13 comment of the bug report there is the way.


In brief, please download the kernal from Ubuntu14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) and update the Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA driver.

Voi la~

The Wifi works!