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October 8th, 2012, 05:31 AM
Is there any way I can get open source drivers for this card? Attached is a photo of the screen I get.

The card works perfectly, but I was just wondering.
Thanks :D

October 8th, 2012, 07:29 AM
Read this article:

October 8th, 2012, 10:45 AM
Is there any way I can get open source drivers for this card?

Without having completely read the article albandy linked to, here is my two cents. As far as I know, if you remove the proprietary driver using the option offered in that window, the system will revert to the open source drivers that are quite possibly installed already.

I did that once with my video drivers to check up on a problem with the open source drivers for someone, and it worked that way. I did, however, after re-installing the proprietary drivers, acquire an annoying error message at boot about a saved resolution not being supported.

Your question refers to Wireless drivers rather than video. The reversion to open source drivers should still work if you remove the proprietary one, but I don't know if you can confidently expect the open source drivers, if present on the system, to work properly. In short, I wouldn't be messing around with a working system :) If you really want to try this out, I would strongly suggests doing the playing around in the live environment or in a dedicated experimental install.

GeForce 9500GT
October 8th, 2012, 10:57 AM
This will work as i experienced:

- open a terminal
- type the following command:

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
- follow the instruction given in the terminal
- then type the following command:

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
- reboot your system.