“Support for cores revisions 0x17 and 0x18 disabled by module param allhwsupport=0. Try b43.allhwsupport=1” when booting Ubuntu

Case: Error received when installing Lubuntu 16.04 from an Alternate Image (for low-RAM pc’s) on an Asus EEE-PC 1015PW.


  1. On the (l)Ubuntu boot screen, run advanced mode (F6)
  2. Close the pop-up menu
  3. In the text line with boot options, type “b43.allhwsupport=1” before the —
  4. Press F4 to choose install mode
  5. Select OEM Install
  6. Run the installation process, plugged in via ethernet
  7. Complete the installation and reboot
  8. Open a terminal, run oem-config-prepare and reboot
  9. When system loads, monitor Task Manager and wait for any apt processes to complete
  10. Reboot and you’re good to go.
    * if you need more 3rd party drivers installed, use the Additional Software app, or whatever is available with your distro.

Some references

  • https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/93738/b43-wireless-driver-error
  • https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
  • https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions/before–after

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