Debian Bug report logs - #545388
In /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf, b43 should be b44.

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Package: broadcom-sta-common; Maintainer for broadcom-sta-common is Cyril Lacoux <>; Source for broadcom-sta-common is src:broadcom-sta.

Reported by: rich mack <>

Date: Sun, 6 Sep 2009 21:33:01 UTC

Severity: serious

Tags: patch

Found in version broadcom-sta/

Fixed in version broadcom-sta/

Done: Cyril Lacoux (Yack) <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Bug#545388; Package broadcom-sta-common. (Sun, 06 Sep 2009 21:33:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: rich mack <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: In /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf, b43 should be b44.
Date: Sun, 06 Sep 2009 16:27:32 -0500
Package: broadcom-sta-common
Severity: serious
Tags: patch
Justification: unknow

Ok, I think that I have this somewhat figured out. Since I haven't debugged at this level (I'm not a programmer by trade or claim), I think I have found a bug that needs to be reported to someone, but I don't know how or to whom. Does this go to a Debian Developer (I did use the Debian package) or does this need to get to a Broadcom developer?

# original contents was the line immediately below
# install wl /sbin/modprobe -qr b43 ssb; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install wl $CMDLINE_OPTS
install wl /sbin/modprobe -qr b44 ssb; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install wl $CMDLINE_OPTS

My best guess, was that the reason my wifi isn't working that it's related to the module ssb. I can not keep the module from being loaded and I can not remove the module. After reading some about blacklisting I saw that I was not entering 'blacklist ssb' in the correct file and I followed the instruction the the URL. I had previously noticed that there was some dependency of b44 on ssb and I couldn't remove ssb until b44 was out of the way. I decided to (I don't really know why) look at /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf and noticed the removal of b43 module instead of b44 module. So when I changed 'b43' to 'b44' I then had wifi. As noted in a previous post, b44 is my wired ethernet.

The only thing that might be a concern, is that my wireless device is named eth1 instead of wlan0. Not that it really matters but in keeping convention, my wireless should be wlanX not ethX.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.30-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

broadcom-sta-common depends on no packages.

Versions of packages broadcom-sta-common recommends:
ii  broadcom-sta-source Source for the Broadcom STA Wirele
ii  module-assistant             0.11.1      tool to make module package creati

Versions of packages broadcom-sta-common suggests:
ii  wireless-tools                29-1.1     Tools for manipulating Linux Wirel

-- no debconf information

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You have taken responsibility. (Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:33:14 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Cyril Lacoux (Yack) <>
Subject: Bug#545388: fixed in broadcom-sta
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:32:09 +0000
Source: broadcom-sta

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
broadcom-sta, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to non-free/b/broadcom-sta/broadcom-sta-common_5.
  to non-free/b/broadcom-sta/broadcom-sta-source_5.
  to non-free/b/broadcom-sta/broadcom-sta_5.
  to non-free/b/broadcom-sta/broadcom-sta_5.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

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Cyril Lacoux (Yack) <> (supplier of updated broadcom-sta package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:33:24 +0400
Source: broadcom-sta
Binary: broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
Architecture: source all
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Cyril Lacoux (Yack) <>
Changed-By: Cyril Lacoux (Yack) <>
 broadcom-sta-common - Common files for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver
 broadcom-sta-source - Source for the Broadcom STA Wireless driver
Closes: 545388
 broadcom-sta ( unstable; urgency=low
   * Blacklisting b43legacy, b43, b44 and ssb modules (Closes: #545388).
   * Added a note to README.Debian (broadcom-sta-common) to explain why b44
     module is blacklisted.
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