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Old 04-04-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Missing firmware


Environment
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HW Platform: DELL Inspiron 5100
Intel Pentium4 2.4GHz
1000 MB memory
O/S: ubunto 12.04 LTS
Network Card: Broadcom 4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller

Issue
=====
No network connectivity. Missing firmware.

Approach
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Install patch utility and b43-fwcutter on O/S in order to access internet.

Problem
=======
Employing the "no internet access" procedure for resolving this issue
I arrive at the point where I click on "b43-fwcutter_015-9_i386.deb"
or "patch_2.6.1-3_i386.deb". At this point a screen captioned
"Ubunto Software Center" is displayed with a caveat concerning the
trustfulness of the file plus a control button captioned "Install".

GREAT - except for the fact that the button is grayed out - inoperative.
I suspect I require internet access in order to proceed, even though
this is supposed to be the model to use with NO connection.

I would really like to install without a connection. I am not sure I can
direct connect this unit.

Suggestions? Advice.
 
Old 04-05-2012, 01:21 AM   #2
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Here are two links you may want to see.

The first is a article in the ArchLinux Wiki about getting Broadcom wireless working, and which driver supports which hardware.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Broadcom_wireless

The second is from the Ubuntu Community Documentation, which gives directions and commands for installing the correct driver.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...Driver/bcm43xx

I think you will find getting it installed via the commandline will be easier that using the software center.
 
Old 04-05-2012, 01:50 AM   #3
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Should be simple as that, IIRC, just put in your Ubuntu CD, open the Additional Drivers program and activate the driver.
 
Old 04-05-2012, 01:58 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sheldon73805 View Post

Problem
=======
Employing the "no internet access" procedure for resolving this issue
I arrive at the point where I click on "b43-fwcutter_015-9_i386.deb"
or "patch_2.6.1-3_i386.deb". At this point a screen captioned
"Ubunto Software Center" is displayed with a caveat concerning the
trustfulness of the file plus a control button captioned "Install".
You should be able to download the b43-fwcutter_015-9_i386.deb package from any Ubuntu mirror (obviously this will be done from another computer with internet access). Then copy the .deb to a usb stick or whatever and transfer it to the Dell. Then use the GDebi package installer to install the firmware: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...stall_packages
 
Old 04-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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The installation is from a memory stick created via Ubunto download, I do not have
a CD distribution but I assume It makes no difference if the media is CD or memory stick.
I can find no "Additional Drivers" directory on the installation media nor in any
directory on the PC.

Each time I attempt to execute a deb file it initiates the "Ubunto Software Center"
which requires an internet connection which is not present on that platform. Therefore
I cannot complete a download.

I require a method of downloading b43-fwcutter which does not invoke the intervention
of the Ubunto Software Center and does not require a network connection. I would prefer
to use a different computer with internet connectivity to access the required file then
install on the Ubunto machine. I have read all of the link reference in the previous
responses. They all result in invoking the USC.
 
Old 04-05-2012, 06:00 PM   #6
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Have you tried using dpkg on the command line, as described in the link provided by tommcd?

Last edited by suicidaleggroll; 04-05-2012 at 06:01 PM.
 
Old 04-06-2012, 02:48 AM   #7
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This is probably what you need: http://www.omattos.com/node/6

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Old 04-06-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
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The posting and link supplied by ukiuki resolved this issue.
Thanks for the effort on the part of all of the respondents.
 
Old 04-06-2012, 01:10 PM   #9
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Gladly it worked for you!

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