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Old 02-22-2017, 08:07 AM   #1
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brcm/bcm43xx-0.fw not installing


Hello all. I am so new to Linux that I haven't even completed my install. I am trying to install onto an HP Mini 210-1000. It has an Atom CPU N450 @1.66 GHz, 1GB RAM, and a 32-bit Windows 7 OS. For a network adapter it lists a broadcom 43225 802.11b/g/n. It also lists right under that Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter and TeamViewer VPN Adapter. I have a Linux OS on a USB drive and have tried to install it. When I attempt to install, it starts out fine and then stops during the detect network hardware phase with a prompt that some of my hardware needs non-free firmware files to operate and that I can load them from removable media. The missing files are: brcm/bcm43xx-0.fw. It states if I have them to insert the media and continue. Apparently this is not an uncommon problem as I have found many references to it and I found the file from git-hub. However, when I insert the USB travel drive and click the continue option, it simply brings me back to the same screen. Again, this doesn't seem to be a first. What I have not been able to find, however, is directions to follow for someone who still has their Windows 7 OS installed. I did not go forward with the install and decided to seek help first, thinking it may be more simple (for a non-Linux user) to address this issue through Windows, before changing over to Linux. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 02-22-2017, 10:33 AM   #2
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broadcom 43225 802.11b/g/n.

key word that is not freeware drivers

try skipping your network part and see if it will continue to install, then deal with your drivers for your wifi after install.

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Old 02-22-2017, 10:57 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by BW-userx View Post
broadcom 43225 802.11b/g/n.

key word that is not freeware drivers

try skipping your network part and see if it will continue to install, then deal with your drivers for your wifi after install.
Just to add to what BW-userx has said, you should be able to copy the relevant firmware files to /lib/firmware/

Code:
cp name-of-firmware-file /lib/firmware/
or

Code:
cp name-of-firmware-file /lib/firmware/brcm/
If it does not find them in the /lib/firmware/ folder, I would say it's probably going to be the /lib/firmware/brcm/ folder, in your case.

Last edited by jsbjsb001; 02-22-2017 at 11:03 AM. Reason: more info
 
Old 02-22-2017, 12:38 PM   #4
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You probably need the b43-fwcutter package and the firmware file for your chipset to install the firmware. On my older dell, the newer b43-fwcutter dropped the --unsupported option for the firmware that I need, so debian wheezy if I need that to work for me. Although plenty of backups from previously using that for that for me.
 
  


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