[SOLVED] catch 22 install wireless drivers without a wired connection
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catch 22 install wireless drivers without a wired connection
After some problems with grub2, I took the nuclear option and reinstalled my ubuntu OS. The issue now is this. I don't have access to a wired connection, and I can't seem to access the proprietary drivers without one. So...I can't turn on my wifi card to download the drivers that I need to turn the stupid card on in the first place. Counter-intuitive, no?
So, my question is this: how do you get the drivers (which are there for the live cd) to activate/download, without a wired connection? Can they be installed from the live CD to the working OS?
Yes, that's certainly an option. I'm more wondering about the other users that might find themselves in a no-wire situation. I'm not sure how ubuntu decides where the drivers are, or where to look for them. That being said, I don't know why the drivers are available to the Live CD boot and not to the natively installed OS. Can you point me to the direction to downloading these magical drivers?
as cliché as this sounds whenever i come across devices that don't really work on in some distros either hunt them down on the Internet or when worse comes to worse install a new kernel. this process is slightly different in most distros but it has alot of similarities between each other
Hi...I've been messing with this for a while and I'm increasingly frustrated. I've been very happy with Linux in the past, but this is three for three. Sometimes the set up will mount usb devices, sometimes you have to force it. I tried downloading the drivers from another tutorial, http://askubuntu.com/questions/8546/...nternet-access, but it tells me that dependencies aren't met.
What on earth is the point of shipping software that doesn't work 'out of the box'.
I even tried a pendrive installation of 10.10 (my first OS), and it told me it couldn't load the kernel image. WTF?
sorry, I had 10.10 installed, I only have access to a 10.04 disk. I tried to do a 10.10 pendrive install, but I get 'could not load kernel image errors' so, I guess the windows pendrive creation doesn't work so well...yeesh
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
My suggestion is to go ahead with the install, get everything else up and running. Then from your live disc or even your Windows install grab the packages you need including any dependencies. You'll need to install the dependencies first to last in order then the driver package. Do you know what hardware you have? Are you looking for the correct driver package?
Please post the output from the following once you have your install complete.
It has been along time since I have had to get wireless to work without an ethernet connection. When I did, it was an iterative process between Linux and Windows, downloading the packages and dependencies to a USB stick and then installing them in Linux, optionally building from source where necessary.
From looking at your output of lspci, it looks like you have a Broadcom BCM4312. Investigating into this shows that this devices uses the 802.11 Linux STA driver. Here is a link to the driver. The readme file seems to have decent instructions on how to install. For the most part it is distribution agnostic, but there are some additional instructions based upon distribution regarding extra dependencies. Note, you may also want to look into the b43 driver, which may also be applicable for your device.
Also, sometimes the network manager causes problems with wireless. WiCD seems to be a good choice that generally works with most distributions and drivers. Again, you will need to go to your package repository, download the application and its dependencies, and install them, starting with the dependencies in reverse order.
Lastly, if drivers continue to be an issue, the madwifi drivers have been known to work when others haven't.
Looking at the output of 'ifconfig' and iwlist --scanning and seeing some form of response is usually an indication that you are getting close to having it working. If you can get a list of scanning access points, but can't connect, this usually means that the network manager is at issue.
and thank you all for your replies. For someone who thought he was a semi-aware ubuntu user, this has been a thoroughly enlightening if frustrating experience. I now have another problem all together. It would seem that having installed the non-proprietary driver on ubuntu, the windows wireless card has ceased to function (I thankfully have access to another internet enabled device. For the time that I've spent researching this, while intellectually fruitful, I could have theoretically just gone nuclear and just done a completely reinstall both OSs onto a clean disk. I'm going to try to fix the ubuntu problems and then try to figure out WTF happened to the DOZE partition...FML.