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    Question [SOLVED] Installing Broadcom firmware

    OK I have finally been able to down load this firmware and it appears to be in this dir - '/b43-fwcutter-011$'. Now I tried to follow the install directions on this link http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43, however everything I try gives me error messages

    Does anyone have a step by step procedure to get this firmware installed? Please no linux geek speak - I'm new to linux and maybe that's why I'm having trouble deciphering the above link. For example this line of code:

    Code:
    sudo ./bcm43xx-fwcutter-006/bcm43xx-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR"
    makes on sense to me and gives me an error message. It is accompanied by the following:

    Note that you must adjust the FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR path to your
    distribution. The standard place where firmware is installed to is
    /lib/firmware. However some distributions put firmware in a different
    place.

    OK, where does Mythbuntu store firmware and do I need to execute this code. If I do how should this code look when adjusted for the correct path?
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    Re: Installing Broadcom firmware

    Quote Originally Posted by dmdbdd View Post
    OK I have finally been able to down load this firmware and it appears to be in this dir - '/b43-fwcutter-011$'. Now I tried to follow the install directions on this link http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43, however everything I try gives me error messages

    Does anyone have a step by step procedure to get this firmware installed? Please no linux geek speak - I'm new to linux and maybe that's why I'm having trouble deciphering the above link. For example this line of code:

    Code:
    sudo ./bcm43xx-fwcutter-006/bcm43xx-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR"
    makes on sense to me and gives me an error message. It is accompanied by the following:

    Note that you must adjust the FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR path to your
    distribution. The standard place where firmware is installed to is
    /lib/firmware. However some distributions put firmware in a different
    place.

    OK, where does Mythbuntu store firmware and do I need to execute this code. If I do how should this code look when adjusted for the correct path?
    On Ubuntu & Mythbuntu, just use the restricted drivers manager. Don't bother doing it by hand

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    Question Re: Installing Broadcom firmware

    OK, so I tried using the 'restricted drivers manager' and it shows the Broadcom B43 wireless driver 'Enabled' box is unchecked and Status is 'In use'. So I checked the Enable box and it pops up a dialog box with 'Enable' and 'Cancel' buttons. I click the 'Enable' button and I'm back to the Hardware Drives screen with the 'Enabled' box still unchecked and Status is "needs computer restart'

    After I restart I get the exact same thing in the 'restricted drivers manager'. So I'm just going around in circles here! I tried disabling Networking and that doesn't help.

    I appears that you can't enable this driver as long as the system thinks that this card is in use - so how do I make the system think that it isn't in use?

    Regards,

    dmdbdd
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    Lightbulb Re: Installing Broadcom firmware

    OK, I figured this out I had to go to the Synaptic Package Manager to install this firmware.

    Regards,

    dmdbdd
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