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Old 03-17-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
personalcrusade
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restricted drivers??


okay, after I installed unbuntu on my laptop a icon popped up about restriced drivers . I clicked on it and a box came up with two items one was drivers for my nVidia card and another was Firmwars for my wireless card the nvidia driver was enabled with no problem

however the firmware after trying to enable I get a error that reads "The software sourse for the package bcm43XX-fwcutter is not enabled."

what does this mean!!! please help

thanks in advanced
 
Old 03-17-2008, 01:40 PM   #2
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"Restricted drivers" means drivers for hardware in your machine that is not open-source (in short). Like nVidia or ATI graphics drivers - they haven't released them open-source, and Ubuntu (like quite a few others too) makes a difference between them and open-source drivers; tries to prefer open-source solutions, and by default has only those software reposities enabled that contain open-source or "supported" software. There are other reposities as well, but they're disabled by default, and can be enabled if the user chooses to use software that is non-free or non-open-source, for example.

You can enable the reposities by opening System menu, then selecting Synaptic package manager from the submenu (whose name I don't remember..) When Synaptic is open, in it's menus you can choose to manage package reposities, and there enable those you want - all, if you like. In the newer versions of Ubuntu there should also be a direct icon for that same tool in the System menu's submenu Administration (if that was the sub-menu) - System->Administration->Package reposities (or something close to that).

Once you have enabled the other reposities (called "multiverse" or "universe" I guess), close the tool, then re-open Restricted Drivers and it ought to work. Actually I thought the RD tool would do it for you if you wanted..oh well.
 
Old 03-17-2008, 02:04 PM   #3
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Thank you sooo much...i'm replying on the laptop which is on wireless now!
 
  


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