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Old 05-21-2010, 07:05 PM   #1
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Question Install Broadcom drive

i installed Linux Ubunto first time on my notebook HP Mini 210-1054TU
I can't connect to internet until I instal the driver for it.
Hardware is : Realteck RTL 8101E/RTL 8102E PCI
express fast ethernet controller (rev.2)
Acoording to my finding I need to install the driver: BCM4312.11 b/g (rev 01)
I have downloaded it but, can't install it as, well i don't know how.
it is a tar file I believe... a folder ???
anyone can help ?
I did try LINUX long time ago and had a book that I burn in frustration. Now it appear to be much better but, I am in a hurry to get it going.
Thanks a lot

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Old 05-22-2010, 11:38 PM   #2
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Untar the file by right clicking on it and extracting the contents, or using the terminal command 'tar xfz filename', look for a README file inside, and do or post what it says.
Old 05-23-2010, 01:47 PM   #3
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If you have the >= 2.6.33.x kernel series, that's what you'll do:

1) Download the hybrid-portsrc driver at (choose either 32-bit or 64-bit, depends on your linux install)

2) Extract the files to a folder called hybrid_wl, for example. This should do:
tar zxf hybrid-portsrc-x86_XX-v5.60.48.36.tar.gz -C hybrid_wl/
Where XX is either 32 or 64.

3) Issue the fallowing terminal command while at the folder 'hybrid_wl/src/include'
$ sed -i '23s/linux\/autoconf.h/generated\/autoconf.h/' linuxver.h
4) Go to hybrid_wl folder and issue the fallowing commands:
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo depmod -a
$ sudo modprobe wl
The led must be turned on, showing that the driver was successfully installed.

On step 3), this command will edit the linuxver.h file in order to make it compatible to the kernel >= 2.6.33.x series so it can be built on those kernels. If your kernel is < 2.6.33.x series, just skip step 3) and everything should work fine.

This hybrid driver is not opensource, so it'll turn the tainted kernel flag on, meaning that any debug output for the wireless card will be disabled. If you kernel is >=2.6.29.x series, you should give the b43 driver a try - it's fully supported by the community and is a GPLed driver. For more information, go to:

Last edited by rfernandez; 05-23-2010 at 01:49 PM.


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