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    WiFi Driver Issue on PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz

    Hello I just finished a Dual boot of OS X 10.5 Leopard and Linux 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.
    When im in Linux i cannot connect to my wireless network and when i try running the "Restricted Driver Manager" and try to enable the Driver for my WiFi card it gives me some error saying

    "The software source for the package bcm43xx-fwcutter is not enabled"


    I would really like some help with this WiFi issue because if i can't have internet on Ubuntu i have no reason to Dual boot it.

    Thanks Unix-Man

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    Re: WiFi Driver Issue on PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz

    Please boot to Ubuntu, plug your computer into the Internet via ethernet and run these commands:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter
    You should be asked at some point if you want to download and install firmware automatically; say yes. Then reboot and your wireless should work.

    These steps will work in Ubuntu 8.04 and up. I'm not positive about 7.10, but they should probably work there as well (is there a reason you're using 7.10 instead of a more up-to-date version of Ubuntu?).

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    Re: WiFi Driver Issue on PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz

    Yea the 8.04 version had a lot of issues and wouldn't allow me to change any settings and it would give me random error messages it was just really glitchy and not very stable 7.10 doesn't have many issues at all just this WiFi thing

    Also thanks SO much this is the only answer i have gotten and i have made 3 posts about this issue

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    Re: WiFi Driver Issue on PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz

    All right i did the terminal command and this is what it came up with



    nick@nick-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package bcm43xx-fwcutter
    nick@nick-laptop:~$


    Does that mean it can't find the package on the internet or on the Hard drive it's self?

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    Re: WiFi Driver Issue on PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz

    Sorry that didn't work. It seems that the package it needs isn't in the repository. You probably need to enable additional repositories (I don't remember which ones are enabled by default in 7.10). But as an alternative solution, please try running these commands:

    Code:
    mkdir firmware
    cd firmware
    wget http://burnthesorbonne.com/files/bcm43xx-firmware.tar.gz
    tar -xzvf bcm43xx-firmware.tar.gz
    sudo cp *fw /lib/firmware
    Then reboot. Any luck now? If not, we can try enabling the extra repositories.

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    Re: WiFi Driver Issue on PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz

    i cannot thank you enough, unfortunately i can't try this until tomorrow because im away from home but thanks you a million times for your help i'll let you know what happens with those commands

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