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Old 05-09-2009, 10:27 PM   #1
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Debain iBook G4 fw-cutter help


yes its another broadcom airport thread. I was able to get wifi working once with fedora 10 ppc on my iBook G4 but i wanted to switch to debian becuase i have less problems and i feel it runs better. the only problem is i cant get the fw-cutter to install or work for that matter.

method 1
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
failed. does any one know if there is a correct apt-get for it

method 2
downloaded b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
cd b43-fwcutter-011
make
bash make:command not found

method 3
downloaded b43-fwcutter_011_5.deb
cant figure out how to run the program
constamtly opens archiver to tell me its an invalid archive.

can any please help me with this ive tried everything i can find out there.
 
Old 05-10-2009, 05:18 AM   #2
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The easiest way would be to add contrib to /etc/apt/sources.list
Make sure you have a line listed like this:

Code:
deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ Lenny main non-free contrib
Install with the following commands

aptitude update
aptitude keep-all (if you have never used aptitude before)
aptitude install b43-fwcutter

This on the assumption that you are using Stable/Lenny?
 
Old 05-10-2009, 08:11 AM   #3
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yes i am using the latest most stable debian ppc. and thanks for the response.
 
Old 05-10-2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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ok first in term it says deb command not found
so i just run aptitude and every works until i get to fw cutter and it says there is no package found.
i did notice when i started up my laptop it said it loaded the drive and the firmware but my card cant see any wireless networks and even when i type in the ssid by hand nothing works.
 
Old 05-10-2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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so i just run aptitude and every works until i get to fw cutter and it says there is no package found
Can you post the output of /etc/apt/sources.list.
 
Old 05-10-2009, 06:04 PM   #6
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how do i do that. i tried typing the line in terminal but nothing comes out. i tried navigating to the folder in terminal and still nothing. i open the file in teh file browser but i cant see anything usefull.
 
Old 05-11-2009, 04:37 AM   #7
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In a terminal as a normal user type cat /etc/apt/sources.list
And then post the output here.

Last edited by the trooper; 05-11-2009 at 06:43 AM.
 
Old 05-11-2009, 08:42 AM   #8
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It's definitely available for the Powerpc architecture.. and is in contrib as the trooper stated..

http://packages.debian.org/lenny/b43-fwcutter
 
Old 05-11-2009, 01:53 PM   #9
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svnstrslm@VanDamninator:~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list
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# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 _Lenny_ - Official powerpc DVD Binary-1 20090413-05:08]/ lenny contrib main

deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 _Lenny_ - Official powerpc DVD Binary-1 20090413-05:08]/ lenny contrib main

# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib

# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb-src http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib
svnstrslm@VanDamninator:~$
 
Old 05-11-2009, 02:18 PM   #10
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Okay,you need to add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list.
So open the file with a text editor of your choice and add:

Code:
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 _Lenny_ - Official powerpc DVD Binary-1 20090413-05:08]/ lenny contrib main

deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ Lenny main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ Lenny main non-free contrib

deb http://security.debian.org/ Lenny/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ Lenny/updates main contrib non-free
Note that the install disc is commented out with #.
So that you can grab packages direct from the repos's rather than older packages from the install disc.

Also you can substitute uk for a nearer mirror of your choice.
Depending on your location.

Then use the commands i posted earlier:

aptitude update
aptitude keep-all(if you haven't used aptitude before)
aptitude install b43-fwcutter
 
Old 05-11-2009, 02:20 PM   #11
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So the package you are looking for is not ON DVD 1.

YOU would be better off fixing your sources list to work online then commenting out the entry for the DVD. (Provided you have broadband access)

That package is located on DVD2 or CD12 for PowerPC
http://atterer.net/jigdo/jigdo-searc...=b43-fwcutter+
Quote:
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" - Official powerpc DVD Binary-2 20090413-05:08 (20090413) - [ List contents ]
pool/contrib/b/b43-fwcutter/b43-fwcutter_011-5_powerpc.deb
/cdimage/release/5.0.1/powerpc/jigdo-dvd/debian-501-powerpc-DVD-2.jigdo - 13 Apr 2009

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 "Lenny" - Official powerpc CD Binary-12 20090413-04:29 (20090413) - [ List contents ]
pool/contrib/b/b43-fwcutter/b43-fwcutter_011-5_powerpc.deb
/cdimage/release/5.0.1/powerpc/jigdo-cd/debian-501-powerpc-CD-12.jigdo - 13 Apr 2009

[edit] Day late and a Dollar Short.. not fast enough on that post button...
 
Old 05-11-2009, 10:49 PM   #12
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ok i tried adding the line of text but it didnt seem to do anything. this is what it looks like in text
#
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 _Lenny_ - Official powerpc DVD Binary-1 20090413-05:08]/ lenny contrib main

deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ Lenny main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ Lenny main non-free contrib

deb http://security.debian.org/ Lenny/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ Lenny/updates main contrib non-free

deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 _Lenny_ - Official powerpc DVD Binary-1 20090413-05:08]/ lenny contrib main

# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib

# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb-src http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib

if i did something wrong let me know
 
Old 05-11-2009, 11:06 PM   #13
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you should comment out the line for the DVD then update..

and I believe lenny should be all lower case.. Linux is case sensitive for everything so case matters.

Code:
#
# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 _Lenny_ - Official powerpc DVD Binary-1 20090413-05:08]/ lenny contrib main

deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ lenny main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ lenny main non-free contrib

deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free

# deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.1 _Lenny_ - Official powerpc DVD Binary-1 20090413-05:08]/ lenny contrib main

# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib

# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib
# Line commented out by installer because it failed to verify:
# deb-src http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib
once that is correct, update your file list using aptitude update, then install the fwcutter tool.

as root:
Code:

aptitude update
aptitude install b43-fwcutter

Last edited by farslayer; 05-11-2009 at 11:08 PM.
 
Old 05-12-2009, 06:57 AM   #14
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and I believe lenny should be all lower case.. Linux is case sensitive for everything so case matters
Yep,my bad.
As Farslayer said should be lower case 'l' for Lenny entries.
Sorry.
 
Old 05-12-2009, 10:03 AM   #15
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you guys are awesome. this should be added to whatever sticky there is for broadcom drivers. worked like a charm and was completely different then how i did it on fedora. now i just need to get my sound running.
 
  


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