View Full Version : [all variants] Use USB key install disk as repo source?

April 8th, 2010, 09:19 PM
I wanted to try a newer version (9.10), so I DL'd the iso and put it to a USB key. Boot and install to new partition just fine. When running from the live session, I can use the "restricted drivers" utility to enable the WiFi (4-year old broadcom chip). After the install, enabling the Wifi chip fails because it can't connect to the repos to get the package. I'm assuming this is on the USB key, but when I go to synaptic to try and point it at the install disk as a source, it tells me to insert the CD I wish to use. Short of burning a disk with the iso, what possible work-arounds are there?

solar george
April 8th, 2010, 09:45 PM
Do you know which packages were installed to enable your wireless (or what the name of the driver it installed was)?

April 8th, 2010, 11:15 PM
My WiFi chip is the Broadcom BCM4312 802.11 a/b/g

I figured out that the live boot from the USB key installs these packages, in this order, when using the restricted drivers:





I tried d/l-ing them manually, saving the packages, and then installing from the hard drive-based version. When I do that, the "restricted software" dialog says the hardware drivers are installed but not yet active. The Wifi light won't come on, and no network device is present. These are the same things that happen over the live disk.

solar george
April 8th, 2010, 11:22 PM
this may be a sill question but have you rebooted?

April 8th, 2010, 11:32 PM
Well indeed, that is a silly question. However, it was the correct one, as the system now works. :redface:

Anyone know how I might have done this differently, say, if I didn't have multiple OSes installed? What if I had been stuck out somewhere and needed to use only the USB key install disk? This software has to be on there, but I couldn't figure out where all the actual packages and data are stored on there...

solar george
April 8th, 2010, 11:50 PM
Look in the pool/ directory on you USB disk.
e.g. bcmwl-kernel-source is in

April 9th, 2010, 04:45 AM
Ah, excellent. Thats exactly what I was looking for.