Ubuntu – Bus 001 Device 003: ID 13b1:003a Linksys AE2500 802.11abgn Wireless Adapter [Broadcom BCM43236] driver


Does anyone know how exactly to get the driver installed for this and give a step by step guide? Everything I've tried so far goes to a dead end.

Best Answer

  • The device only works with ndiswrapper. With a temporary working interet connection by ethernet or any other means, open a terminal and do:

    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9

    Download the driver file to your desktop here: http://downloads.linksys.com/downloads/driver/AE2500xp_WHQL,0.zip Right-click it and select 'Extract Here.'

    Find out if you need the 32- or 64-bit files:


    64-bit returns x86_64. If yours is a 64-bit system, you will need to make an edit to the driver file. Open "bcmwlhigh5.inf" in gedit or any text editor and add this line, around line 170:


    Proofread carefully, save and close the text editor. Now do:

    cd ~/Desktop/xp
    sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwlhigh5.inf
    sudo ndiswrapper -ma
    sudo depmod -a

    Reboot. If the wireless is not working, see if you can see any problems:

    ndiswrapper -l

    That's a lower-case L for 'list,' not the number 1. Also:

    dmesg | grep ndis