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Old 11-28-2014, 09:49 PM   #1
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Question b43 and Navigatrix


For decades, I have played around with several distros of Linux partly as a cheap solution to providing computers to school kids and partly for fun. Heck, I used DARPANET.

Recently I got interested in marine navigation. I found a distro called Navigatrix. It is Ubuntu Trusty with lots of navigation and communication stuff bundled. I installed on a Dell Inspiron B130. Wifi wouldn't work. This ain't my first rodeo with this old laptop so I went to ethernet cable, downloaded firmware-b43-installer. I ran apt-get install with above. Light came on and I was happy.

I ran apt-get update. Life was good. Then, being an incurable idiot full of misplaced curiosity, I saw the upgrade switch in the man pages. I ran that. Wifi went away.

After a few minutes of frustration, I did a fresh re-install from disk to include b43, put b43 in /etc/modules and got the light back on.

My question is, anybody know why I couldn't just reinstall firmware-b43-installer? After running upgrade, apt-get couldn't find it. Where did it go? Did the repositories change? Was it omitted on purpose?
Old 11-29-2014, 04:09 PM   #2
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