Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ubuntu/natty hangs when wifi enabled

This evening I upgraded my hp2133 notebook from Ubuntu/Maverick to the new Natty. The upgrade went smoothly but now the system hangs about 2 minutes after Broadcom 4311 802.11a/b/g wifi is enabled.

Here is the bug report: BCM4311 wifi hangs hp2133 notebook after 2 minutes

Some suggestions from IRC are to try the bcmwl-kernel-source or linux-backports-modules-net-natty-generic packages.


  1. Yup. Its definitely the bcmwl-kernel source that is responsible for the freeze in Natty. For some reason, the additional drivers applet refuses to detect the broadcom sta driver installed on the system!


  2. [...] the last Ubuntu upgrade. It was working fine, but the Natty Narwhal (11.04) upgrade caused it to hang when using wifi. See Bug [...]