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Old 10-12-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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How to find drivers?


Hi all,

I'm a new Linux user. Currently getting used to Debian. I love it.
But I can't even do simple tasks like finding the right drivers...

I have Debian 7 running on my laptop (Dell E6430). Ethernet worked just fine but Wi-Fi didn't work. Now after playing around with apt-get and whatnot, not even Ethernet is working .

I did a lspci and found out that the Wi-fi chip is from Broadcom
How do I now go about loading the actual driver? I have absolute no clue what the next steps would be after determining what hardware is installed. Like, how do I find the correct driver for Debian? How do I then install it?

Thanks a lot!
 
Old 10-12-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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What is probably missing is the firmware so you should look for the firmware for the broadcom.

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Old 10-12-2013, 12:27 AM   #3
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What is probably missing is the firmware so you should look for the firmware for the broadcom.

Regards
Sounds easy, but how do I actually look for firmware? Use uncle Google or can I look for firmware with a shell command?
 
Old 10-12-2013, 02:28 AM   #4
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I did a lspci and found out that the Wi-fi chip is from Broadcom
When you know which "Broadcom" it's about,
then do a search for `broadcom' :
$ apt-cache search broadcom


Example http://packages.debian.org/wheezy/broadcom-sta-dkms
.. The section "Similar packages" has more examples.

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Old 10-12-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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Sounds easy, but how do I actually look for firmware? Use uncle Google or can I look for firmware with a shell command?
Here another place for it: http://www.omattos.com/node/6
It also has some heads up about what to do.

Or as knudfl already said you can just intalls that package which is available in the repositories.
If you have synaptic installed just type broadcom in the filter.

Regards

Last edited by ukiuki; 10-12-2013 at 11:29 PM.
 
Old 10-12-2013, 11:54 PM   #6
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try doing

Code:
apt-cache search Broadcom
Debian has a driver in its repositories, but I don't know the exact one.
 
Old 10-13-2013, 04:32 AM   #7
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Hi all,

I have now wi-fi up and running .

I followed these instructions:
https://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211

thanks all,
 
  


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