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Old 21st June 2016, 03:12 PM
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Troublesome Broadcom 43142 wireless & bluetooth working

After spending lots of time I got the wireless internet and the bluetooth connection of my Broadcom 43142 built-in chipset finally working.
I wrote a step-by-step file, primarily for myself to be able to repeat it again in the future, but perhaps this might be of some interest for other users too.
I can't explain every step though, because I have not enough knowledge to do that, but noted down most of the url's with the information I used.

Should I post this step-by-step file somewhere and if so, where?
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Old 4th August 2016, 12:14 AM
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Re: Troublesome Broadcom 43142 wireless & bluetooth working

I had the same chip but not work correctly , and post it here plz our on github
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Old 12th August 2016, 07:12 PM
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Re: Troublesome Broadcom 43142 wireless & bluetooth working

Originally Posted by zeonoid View Post
I had the same chip but not work correctly , and post it here plz our on github
What type of system are you using? I have a dell laptop with the same chip set and was able to use the following to get the adapter working

sudo dnf install kernel-devel akmod-wl
sudo akmods --force
sudo modprobe wl
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Old 8th January 2017, 10:57 PM
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Re: Troublesome Broadcom 43142 wireless & bluetooth working

I have a Dell Inspiron 11 3000 with the same wifi / bluetooth chip. I made the wifi work with kernel-devel akmod-wl and broadcom-wl, but bluetooth still wasn't working. What I had to do in order to make the bluetooth work was this:

I copied the driver folder from my Windows partition. You can download the folder here:

The folder has a bunch of .hex files. In order to figure out which one I needed, first I found out my device ID using the lsusb command:

$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0a5c:216a Broadcom Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:8000 Intel Corp. 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 04f3:036e Elan Microelectronics Corp. 
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 1bcf:28aa Sunplus Innovation Technology Inc. 
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0483:91d1 STMicroelectronics Sensor Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
So, my device ID is 0a5c:216a. I needed the last four characters 216a, in order to identify the correct .hex file for my device.

In the driver folder I opened the file bcbtums-win8x64-brcm.inf with a text editor, and within that file I searched for the last four characters of my device ID: 216A (it has to be all upper case).

This is the part that I needed:


So the correct .hex file for my device is BCM43142A0_001.001.011.0311.0336.hex

I created a new directory named BCM in my home folder and copied the .hex file to it. Then I converted the .hex file to a .hcd file with the hex2hcd command (it's part of the bluez package):

$ hex2hcd ~/BCM/BCM43142A0_001.001.011.0311.0336.hex
And finally I copied the resulting .hcd file to the /lib/firmware/brcm/ directory, under the name BCM.hcd (if you don't rename it, it won't work):

$ sudo mv ~/BCM/BCM43142A0_001.001.011.0311.0336.hcd /lib/firmware/brcm/BCM.hcd
I used my device ID and that specific .hex file as an example. You have to find the ID of your own device and use the corresponding .hex file.

Last edited by cantillon; 8th January 2017 at 11:08 PM.
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