How to get Wifi working in Linux Mint after installation

I had to reinstall the operating system on my Thinkpad laptop and decided to install Linux Mint on it instead of Windows 8 or 10, the operating systems that were previously installed on it.

The installation of the Linux distribution wentfine. I had to use the Universal USB Installer to copy the ISO image to a Flash drive since the device I wanted to install Linux Mint on had no optical drive.

The laptop booted into the Live Linux Mint environment on boot after connecting the USB Flash Drive to it and making sure that the boot order would pick it up prior to operating systems on the hard drive.

The installation went fine and the first boot after it booted right into the Linux Mint desktop (after entering the password I used to encrypt the data on the device).

I noticed then that the operating system did not pick up any wireless connections even though some were available in the vicinity. The only connection options were wired, and since I was not able to make use of that, I had to find out what was going on.

First thing I did was open the Driver Manager to find out if the wireless adapter was installed properly. You find the Driver Manager in the second column after selecting Administration in the first.

driver manager

It displayed that the wireless adapter was not installed and let me know that I needed a wired connection or Linux Mint on USB to install it. I connected the USB drive again, switched from "do not use this device" to the device in question and clicked on apply changes afterwards to install the necessary drivers.

Read also:  How to upgrade to a new Linux Mint version

So, one option to grab the right drivers is to connect the Linux device via a wired cable to the Internet. Or, and that is also an option, you could use the Linux Mint copy on the USB device for that as well.

Linux Mint picked the driver up from the Flash Drive I installed the operating system from. After the install finished, wireless connections became available when I clicked on the connections symbol in the system tray area.

wireless connections

All I had to do was pick the right wireless network from the list and enter the password to connect to it.

As a user coming from Windows, I wish this would be a bit easier. On Windows, wireless networking is installed by default so that you can connect to the Internet right away without having to install device drivers first (in the majority of cases at least).

I'd imagine that this operation could be problematic for users who give Linux a try and cannot figure it out on their own.

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  1. Dan March 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    The first thing I test when I am deciding which distro to install is the wifi. It's one of those things that trip up a lot of otherwise good distros. I tried Linux Mint Debian Ed (LMDE) and really liked it, and liked the fact that it is using Debian as a base rather than Ubuntu. But it won't detect my laptop's wifi. So I had to ditch it for the Ubuntu-derived Mint release.

    That is what the LiveUSB is for, to test the waters before committing. This also applies to VMs.

    • Martin Brinkmann March 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      That's good advice. It worked well for me thankfully and I'll start to explore Linux Mint more in the coming days.

      • Paul August 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

        Will re-explore mint in future.. couldn't get my wireless to work.. despite it working with other Linux's out there.. so will retry later on in October when I'm laid off ... gave up for now.. tried mint out and it seems best choice.. bbest choice is irrelevant if I cant get it on the network or to internet..

        laptop was a vista32 os on a 64bit laptop (school did that , not me).. got laptop per rubyonrails classes..
        Had hoped to put win7 or win10 on it .. had reasons.. but since it was vista .. I couldn't..
        So Linux was a choice because I want to put to mjor emulations under it that I have stored on my NAS that would be moved to the new laptop... both emulations ... one game related (mame) and other rubyrelated (currently on both window and a older Linux laptop).... would be worth it.

        fortunately I don't really care what Linux distro I use.. and I'm more about doing perl and basic Linux cmdline stuff than much else.. so I may very well temporarily try a lesser mint... ie; not as minty..ha..

    • Robi January 1, 2017 at 3:16 am #

      sorry no, Linus mint had wifi when I booted from the live usb; however, after install it did not have wifi, and this simple solution here did not work as the driver manager did not show anything regarding wifi.

      • Carl March 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

        I've got the same problem. Did you manage to fix it?

      • Jonil May 4, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

        Me too, Can you help us guys?

      • don July 22, 2017 at 9:20 am #

        You can try going into the settings panel search for additional drivers, for me the wifi driver was there but disabled, so you just need to enable it.
        Hope that helps

      • Dave September 10, 2017 at 6:12 am #

        Why do obviously clever people make this so goddamned hard? Yes, we know the software designer guys are clever, now get off your damned egos and make it simpler. Simple is smart. Complicated is little boys showing off. wankers. Wow, who would guess people would want to connect to the internet in 2017? Idiots.Your ego is why we have to tolerate Microsoft spying on us. Wake up!

      • joebee October 4, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

        Had the same problem with my Linux Mint installation. Wifi connected with the live USB drive but would not connect after installation to the hard drive. A simple obscure terminal command fixed the problem.

        rfkill unblock wifi

  2. jasray March 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Useful information, thanks. For a long time, I had problems with various Linux distros when testing them using a Live USB. Many distros, such as the ultra-fast booting Slax, consistently failed to locate wireless.

    Mint was the one distro that worked--I've never had a problem on any computer--laptop or desktop--with the wireless connection and Mint. Oddly enough, a fresh install of Windows requires so much user input and additional driver installs that I find myself "begging" customers to use Linux Mint. Mint even offers and installs any dedicated graphics card drivers needed.

  3. RG March 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    This has been one of my main issues with Linux and Mint in particular. The chipset will have a role in this too, I have had wifi issues with other distros too.

  4. Keith Petersen March 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    Martin, the Linux Mint installation media contains a wide selection of drivers. That's why they became available when you reinserted the USB drive. During installation Linux Mint will attempt to get needed drivers from the Internet if they are not on the installation media. Of course, this couldn't happen because you were not connected to the net. If you had been able to use a wired connection temporarily most likely the problem would not have occurred. It's what's called "The Chicken and the Egg dilemma". :-)

  5. theMike March 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    for a beginner you shouldn't have picked cinnamon. Mint mate would have been a better first time experience, everythin g works a lot better. also, amd isn't linux friendly all the time

    • Martin Brinkmann March 28, 2015 at 5:26 am #

      Mike, Cinnamon was suggested on the download page if you don't know what to pick, so I picked that, What makes it less usable for beginners?

      • Sven March 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

        Don't worry, Cinnamon is just as fine as MATE. If you don't like it, you can still install another desktop environment. You have to find out, what you like best. People always told me not to use Unity in Ubuntu, know what: *I* love it, it runs fine and does what I want even on my Netbook! Should be possible to simply install MATE in parallel to Cinnamon but before doing something like that do some research sometimes it can break things.

    • Larry February 20, 2017 at 3:45 am #

      My Cinnamon had no problem at all finding wifi. I am having a problem with my Mate finding the wifi driver to begin with

  6. Karl March 28, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    Ha, I have a Broadcom modem, too, Martin, (Dell Inspiron 1545) and when I installed Mint a couple of months ago, I had to go wired at first, and then Google the problem to find the right terminal command to update my firmware. That was the only snag I had. And yes, I should have paid attention to the usb live "try mode", but didn't! LOL! I came over from Kubuntu where I didn't have that problem (amazing, since Mint is supposed to have a better driver selection). If you want any suggestions on apps to help maintain your kernel, please let me know! I'll be happy to help! :)

    • stefano December 30, 2016 at 1:17 am #

      Hi Karl, I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 that I just installed Mint on (I'm first time Linux user) and can't get Wi-Fi working. How do you do Terminal Command to update firmware? I have Ethernet connected but need to be able to use Wi-Fi. Thanks, Stefano

  7. Keith Petersen March 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Martin, I am recommending Linux Mint 17.1 Xfce to friends who are installing Linux for the first time. It has the lightest overhead on resources, etc. Works on most any machine that can run XP. Mate and Cinnamon are good but may demand too much on older machines. Xfce gives a new user a feel for Linux without the pitfalls that can happen on older PCs. I use it on my older machines, and Cinnamon on my Desktop Workstation which has 8Gb RAM and high performance video.

    • Karl March 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      That's a good recommendation, Xfce, because it's lightweight and provides an intuitive and easy GUI for those starting off. Then I would explore the power of the KDE interface (which I'm hooked on) or Cinnamon is a fine choice as well.

      • brian May 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

        Agreed. Mint Xfce is the only thing I run on my dual boot laptops.

    • Martin Brinkmann March 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

      Keith thanks for the tip. The notebook is a bit underpowered which I noticed at times when working with the Mint version I installed. It is not too bad right now and I will keep on using it but if I will have to reinstall at a later point, I'll try your suggestion.

  8. David March 29, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    What nonsense is this? I've had this issue with Windows installs far more often than with Linux installs.

  9. jm March 30, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    Hi Martin

    LXLE or Lubuntu are low on hardware so I use them when I wan't
    more speed and less "fluff".

  10. Thomas April 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Hi Martin,

    First of all, useful informations.
    My laptop can't connect to my home wifi router, mostly it won't even detect it. But other networks in my range are working fine.
    I also double checked the drivers.
    Any suggestions? Thanks, Thomas

  11. Yenns July 31, 2015 at 5:55 am #

    @Thomas:
    Important: Which OS do you have?

  12. Rob Stokes October 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    Great stuff Martin - your advice sorted out my exact same problems with moving from XP Pro to Mint on my old HP laptop.

    The only comment I would make is that I didn't immediately realise the need to re-boot to allow Mint to recognise the Broadcom driver................but that's all part of the Great Adventure (for me anyway)!

  13. Joel November 25, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    You are a legend, this was my first time using Linux mint (or anything other than windows for that matter)
    I was completely in the dark, my windows 10 had just conked out on me, and I had spent 15 hours trying to install drivers on the fresh version of Windows 7 I had installed.
    With Linux mint, it's just a matter of turning the driver to active, and there we go.

  14. roland December 8, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Unfortunately this does not work in my case. I do everything but when I press apply changes I have alert! "FAILED TO DOWNLOAD PACKAGE FILES check your internet connection"
    the thing is that I want that drivers from USB stick and it do not want to get it from the stick and changes the source for internet automatically. ver 17.3 mate. Please help if u can

    • Anonymous January 13, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

      Same :(

    • Rebecca April 25, 2016 at 2:47 am #

      Yep, in 17.3 it sees Mint Live USB when it retrieves the list of drivers, but when you say "Apply Changes" -- it still goes to the internet (even with Mint Live USB inserted). Looks like a bug, but extremely inconvenient on a new installation... If my wired connection won't work for some reason, what then?

  15. peter December 30, 2015 at 5:37 am #

    Great help

  16. ct January 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    doesn't seem to have any way of detecting WiFi?
    no driver manager?
    puppy Linux has program for setting up takes 1 minute?? strange

    windows would have wanted 10: driver discs!

  17. Chris January 10, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Thanks for the help! New USB installation of Mint and new to Linux and had this issue on HP Stream. Easy fix, if you know how. Sorted!

  18. tjr January 16, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    WIFI settings for Dell Inspiron 1501---

    Broadcom Corporation Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card (4311?)

    In bios, disable keyboard function key for WIFI

    After fresh install of Linux Mint 17.3 to hard drive, (must be online with ethernet), reboot.

    Start Menu...Administration...Driver Manager.

    It will now check for proprietary drivers.
    There should be 3 choices;

    DO NOT install recommended STA driver!

    INSTALL: firmware-b43-installer

    Restart...

    WIFI indicator light above keyboard should now be lit.

    Open network connections; turn off ethernet; turn on WIFI
    .

    Worked for me; hope this helps others with old Dell laptops
    (and the difficult Broadcom WIFI!)

    • Jim April 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

      This worked for me - thanks - Dell Inspiron 1521 - didn't need to get into the BIOS

    • beh February 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      thanks. this worked on my Dell Inspiron 1525

    • JN123 July 1, 2017 at 3:14 am #

      Thank you, thank you, thank you....that is exactly what I needed! I've spent a lot of time searching forums for a solution, and your advice on the firmware was it. This worked for Mint 18.1/Cinnamon on an old HP Compaq Presario 700 Notebook. There was nothing in the bios referencing the wifi button, so left as is.

  19. Nu2Lnx January 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    I'm not a techie only a very new Linux user. I have Mint Cinnamon 17.2 using Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath9k

    Computer: Dell Inspiron 2350 AIO, 12GB RAM

    The wifi connection keeps dropping out very often and changing the kernel to the latest has not helped. Has anyone ever had this kind of issue? How was it fixed?

  20. S February 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    This is frustrating.

    Used LM 17 for over a year on an old Windows 7 pc til it died and just now installed it again - with the same disk we used before - on a slightly newer pc that had windows 10 and this time around, firefox wont load, we cant install packages, nothing.

    I dont get it.

    The correct wifi was selected during installation, we've changed the drivers around just to be sure that wadnt the problem, but nothing changes.

    Really disappointing.

  21. Christopher Staddon February 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    This is why these operating systems will never become mainstream, why not just make the wifi work?

    • gordo March 2, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

      i agree why cant they make it work as easily as windows does ,i get nothing but trouble on every distro i tried
      with the wireless, it keeps me from using linux i always have to go back to my windows HELL but the wireless
      always works and is never a problem !

  22. avijit dutta February 20, 2016 at 5:01 am #

    hi i m not a techie. i just bought a new laptop and installed linux mint 17.3 rosa . i cant connect to wifi . and whenever i open device manager the list is blank. when i want to create a new connection in wifi it asks for ssid and device mac and cloned mac address . i am a windows user and trying to use linux for the first time. pls help me

    • tonicol May 5, 2016 at 2:07 am #

      I have the exact same problem right now but with Lubuntu and Xubuntu 16.04 instead of Mint, and nobody answers me :/

  23. Danni63 February 21, 2016 at 4:59 am #

    I just installed Mint as a dual OS with Win7. It says I'm connected to the network, but can't access the internet. Chose my router/connection, entered the password, says signal strength is 90-something percent, but when I open browser or try to install an app (from software manager), they both say I'm not connected to the internet. Even during installation, it said I wasn't connected, even though I connected via hard wire per installation instructions. Reboot to Win 7 & access internet. Reboot to Mint... No go! This is my VERY first interaction with Linux whatsoever... The forums won't load for me to get help, and everything else I find online is so technical that I can't follow instructions. And this isn't the first page I've asked this question, but it seems NOBODY answers questions!!!

  24. hk February 22, 2016 at 7:20 am #

    my hp notebook ac15 043tu not detecting wifi.. please help me.. from where to download the drivers for broadcom bcm43142..

  25. Karin March 7, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Thank you so much! I had tried everything I read in the forums for a Lenovo G40-30: blacklisting , patching ...I even installed the new Linux Mint Rosa from scratch... and nothing worked!
    I found this post yesterday and it worked immediately!

  26. gp April 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Excellent! Thanks for the tips!

  27. Anonymous May 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    Use cable.

  28. IQuit May 8, 2016 at 12:07 am #

    This is the main reason whereby Windows has many users. Linux is so difficult and complicated. I have been spending the last 3 weeks of my life trying to fix the wireless of my laptop and I believe it is impossible action and I decided return to windows. Good luck for you that want to keep your distribution Linux.

  29. Ted S. May 21, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    I just installed Linux Mint 17.3 and have the same problem with lack of wireless, but when I reinsert the USB drive and try to reload the drivers, I get an error message saying "Failed to downolad package files. Check your Internet connection."

    Where am I supposed to get the package files from?

  30. Ve'Docha June 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    I do love the Plug-n-play functionality Windows offers; however it does come with a lot of bloat.

    I tried several quick Live Linux versions on my Lenovo Flex 3 and none of them could detect the Wi-Fi. Personally I don't find this off-putting as when I wanted to learn Windows when 3.1 came out, I dove in and learned by fixing. So, now that my UNIX skills have atrophied to the point of unrecognizability, I wiped Win 10 and put Linux Mint on. No Wi-Fi; heck, doesn't even recognize the device (Qualcom, but doesn't display in Driver Manager).

    But hey, I'll figure it out with help from the community, and learning is half the fun.

    Thanks for the article, really enjoyed it and found it informative.

  31. William Collignon July 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Great! This worked beautifully after other failures. I'm a Mint fan.

  32. Owl July 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    This is just a suggestion, I have not had to do this. If you don't have internet access on a Linux Mint computer, but have access to a Windows pc, go to packages.linuxmint dot com (if you have Linux Mint). Go to your version, eg, Linux Mint Rosa 17.3, click on this, you will get a list of packages, head down to mintwifi package, click on source directory, then download latest version. I hope this works for you, as I say, I haven't done it. (It would be worth a try?). Transfer to a spare usb stick (format it to fat32 first), just cut and paste to eg, your downloads folder in Mint. It is a .deb file, (latest one),so double-click on it. I'm guessing then you would go to Menu, type in Device Manager and you should be able to go from there. I hope this helps. (Do this with whatever your version, eg, Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela, I see that 18 is listed as well).

  33. Owl July 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    Apologies. 'Device Manager' should of course read 'Driver Manager'. :)

  34. Owl July 30, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    Update: my solution is 'nutty' - you still need to get drivers and the computer is offline. Try Martin's method, and if you still have problems and have access to another computer and have Broadcom as some commenters said, try : cects dot com/bcm 4311-mint 16-nowireless-nointernet/ and also do a search for community.linuxmint dot com 'how to install Broadcom b43 wireless driver without internet/offline". (Also look at comments there). If you need a different driver, substitute it and search (driver name) wireless driver without internet install offline in Linux (distro), etc. Try your distro support page, and keep searching. It is worth it.

  35. Char September 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Go on ebay and order EDUP usb drive for Linux or you may type in for Rasberry PI. I got one for my laptop and also it works just great on Ubuntu or Mint, it is just plug it in and choose your network. I got it online for around 3.00 or so and it works like a dream.

  36. Bob Jacobsen September 14, 2016 at 1:32 am #

    lxle, uberstudent, linux pup distros, all work with broadcom wireless for me. Linux mint, ubuntu and lubuntu, do not auto detect broadcom wireless cards, i tryed them on 2 computers, with broadcom cards.

  37. yash September 17, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    Thanks a ton for this. As a windows to linux user, I found it very odd this wasnt there and didnt know what to do. This article saved me. I was just about to leave linux but this changed things. Thanks again for sharing.

  38. David October 26, 2016 at 4:15 am #

    Thanks a lot for the tip! :)
    I had a problem after selecting those driver options because apparently I needed Internet access to enable my Internet access...
    So I just connected an Ethernet cable* to my home's router to establish a wired connection.
    Afterwards I was able to select these driver options and problem solved! Now I have access ro WiFi.

    Hope this helps others that are having the same problem I did.
    If you don't have an Ethernet cabe it's a good option to buy one and keep it just in case. Plus you can search for "making an Ethernet cable" in youtube, to DIY, it's super easy.

  39. Anonymous January 7, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    This didn't work for me. I had to plug in Ethernet, then when I ran the Driver Manager it seemed to automatically get the proper drivers and then WiFi worked.

    I tried Linux two years ago and had the same problem and went back to MS. I almost gave up again this time for the same reason.

    The devs should try to get this sorted as the world needs an alternative to ms.gov now more than ever, and little problems like this are what is standing in the way.

  40. Anonymous January 30, 2017 at 3:39 am #

    Great tip there! Worked like a champ!!! No wired connection needed with the driver available on the ISO.

    This is much easier than having to install Windows - which I've done many times with much more heartache!

  41. Kelly January 30, 2017 at 4:00 am #

    Bravo! Worked perfectly - no wired connection needed with instructions above and use of the driver on the ISO from above!

    Much easier than installing Windows!!!

    THANK YOU!

  42. peter brady March 18, 2017 at 4:10 am #

    wrong, when i install windows vista on my dell laptop, the wifi is not connecting, i must install dell driver for my wifi card

  43. Marcus April 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

    Thanks Martin, it helped a lot!!!

  44. Rajiv Pandey May 3, 2017 at 9:06 am #

    After formatting the system once, I got the answer. Thanks so much

  45. Jaap Vegter May 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Got a new laptop, HP notebook 15-ay129nd, and installed Mint 18.1. Connecting with cable: no problem.
    Wifi won't connect, I see only one Network Connection: the ethernet wired connection.
    Looking in the Driver Manager I see only:

    Unknown
    This device is not working
    intel microcode (open source)
    O Version 3.20151106.1
    Processor microcode firmware for Intel CPUs
    O Do not use the device
    (the seccond big O is selected)
    and, at the bottom of the window: No proprietry drivers are in use.

    I've been trying to get Wifi operational for a few days now, I've seen some 20 or 30 web sites, all producing lots of suggestions (sometimes conflicting, often confusing).

    Good thing I still have my (older) Windows 7 Laptop working so I can ask for advice here.
    Looking forward to "the solution".
    Thanks, Jaap Vegter.

  46. Peter June 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    I just read an article that said that while Apple is clearly a VERY successful company, they seldom "get there first;" instead, they take a good idea (recognizing which ones are good is probably tougher than it may sound) and make it "enough better" to warrant doubling the price.

    My point is that LINUX is "the better way" for many people and orgs ... but far from all. There are obviously onerous limits on development when talent is volunteered and QC is very, very tough. Still, "open source" just might attract - even in 2017 - some talented individual or team to tackle this issue. I'm no engineer, but if one inserts something (in my case a "dongle" that provides, via Windows, WIFI capability), recognizing that there's a new something can't be that difficult. Even if the software stopped at a point where you're told to go to XYZ website to download something, that would be a big improvement over what appears to be the case (I just upgraded to MINT 18 in the hope that the latest would be the greatest ... or at least greater) currently.

    Still, this is/was a fine post - somehow, a pretty big sounding "driver" (Intel CPU) was un-bulleted. I have to think that there might be some improvement (not WIFI, alas) now that I bulleted it and rebooted.

  47. Owl June 18, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    Jaap, I hope this helps you. Worth a try. Go to help.ubuntu.com, go to section ‘b43 – No Internet Access’ - get the binary deb package from Launchpad, double click on the package to install, then go for the b43 (14.04 Trusty Tahr) link, then follow instructions. (I’m thinking the Trusty Tahr link because you would have a later version of Mint. Do a search if unsure to see if your version of Mint is compatible with Trusty Tahr, eg, is Mint 17.3 compatible with Trusty Tahr 14.04).

    Restart after you have done this, then see if wifi comes up. Sudo ufw enable, then update and upgrade.

  48. Owl June 18, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    Jaap, my post was on the assumption you have a Broadcom driver problem. If you don’t, hoping it pointed you in the right direction. You would need the open source driver, do a search for your driver and Mint open source equivalent. Mint 18, as far as I know, makes it a bit more difficult than the ‘17’ series.

  49. Just Bucket August 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm #

    Nice. It worked for me, thanks. I am running Mint 18.2 on Dell Precision 6500.

    • Frustrated with Ignorance November 3, 2017 at 5:45 am #

      I hate it when there is a bunch of fixes offered and someone says... "Thanks, worked for me."
      My question is... which freakin fix worked for you!!!

  50. Aby November 1, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    Thank you so much, you saved me from a long-standing issue

  51. muppet November 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    I have like 2 laptops and both of them got broadcom. And I spend like 4 hours EVERY time I install an OS on them to get the wifi to work - and usually the problem is the following:

    Theres 3 drivers available and only 1 works; once you install the wrong driver it gets complicated to actually remove it - so you might as well reinstall the OS.

    If a driver doesn't work - please don't make it available and please don't recommend it. That's equivalent to vandalism.

    It's eaten up over 10 hours of my life - in crucial moments when I could've spent the time better.

    I'd rather have NO DRIVER AT ALL than that stress.

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