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Old 08-26-2009, 10:10 PM   #1
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i installed linux Ubuntu 9.04 like yesterday and im like totally C L U E L S S ! (so i sowwie if i annoy you with this..) ive been trying to install the wmp54gs BUT i cant seem too.. ive been searching forums.. reading.. trying out what i read.. downloading then deleting it AGAIN.. i have windows xp too.. and everytime i want to use ubuntu i have to reboot so.. you can imagine how frustrating it is to reboot try out what you read and end up not working to then REBOOT againt to windows to find something else.. haha.. but yah! ANY HELP?!??! (:
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so, in the end, what's your real question?
Old 08-27-2009, 12:22 AM   #3
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Please do not use "help" in your thread titles. It is annoying and not informative and doesn't get you help any quicker. "Installing the wmp54gs" would have been a more useful title.

LQ is your friend. If you want information, FIRST search for it using the LQ search function. If nothing turns up then remember GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND. I googled using wmp54gs ubuntu and found this link.
Next time try these things first before asking for help.
Old 08-27-2009, 12:26 AM   #4
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And if you are too bored to reboot the system to switch from ubuntu to xp and vise versa, you can always use virtualization and install ubuntu inside xp or xp inside ubuntu.

And please try to use better titles for the threads that describe your issue.
You can start off reading this:
Old 08-27-2009, 05:00 AM   #5
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If there are no native drivers your going to have to use ndiswrapper to load windows drivers. Wireless support for linux isn't rock solid yet.

ndiswrapper + ubuntu in google gives you this...


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Old 08-27-2009, 07:49 AM   #6
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Wireless cards have been released that use different controller chips in their history. You need to run "sudo lspci -v" to see which chip is used. On the bottom of the listing for the wireless device, it may indicate which you need. I'm guessing it will be "b43" or "b43legacy", but post the lspci listing for the wireless device. We can go from there. For this particular kernel module, you need to install the b43-fwcutter and cut out some binary firmware bits from a driver written for windows.

From the b43-fwcutter README file:
Where can I find some driver source files?

Please check the references at

It is recommended that you extract firmware for both b43 and b43legacy in
order to support both types of cards on your system.
Also post the kernel version you are using "uname -r". Different kernel versions have had name changes for some drivers.
Old 08-27-2009, 02:31 PM   #7
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thanks guys youre AWESOME! xD
Old 08-27-2009, 03:14 PM   #8
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Actually I just found out about the broadcom-sta-source, just got my BCM43XG working!!! I've been trying to get it to work for a while, I didn't even know there was a native driver for linux =S If you could run in a terminal 'lspci' and post it we might be able to help you further.


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