View Full Version : [ubuntu] Re-install w/ Broadcom package

August 26th, 2008, 05:20 PM
I only have wireless access in my dormitory. I installed 8.04 and disconnected one of the WAP's so I could use the wired port to download the Broadcom driver (http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43). Is there a way to install 8.04 on another machine and include this driver so I don't have to disconnect the WAP for a few minutes (and probably make the IT staff visit my room and charge me with misuse of state property)?

Even if I download the package from Linux Wireless (http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43) it still is just a .sh that when run, downloads the proper driver and installs it.


Sam Lars
August 26th, 2008, 08:45 PM
If you have a flash drive that would work to transfer the files.
I'm sure there's some way to make a custom install CD, and I'd love to try that some time, but I'm not sure how at the moment.

August 27th, 2008, 03:16 PM
Hi, Sam. I'm aware of the ability of a flash drive or optical media, but the problem is that I don't know what files to transfer. As I stated, there are these packages in the repositories:

b43-fwcutter - Utility for extracting Broadcom 43xx firmware
bcm43xx-fwcutter - Utility for extracting Broadcom 43xx firmware
bcm5700-source - module source for Broadcom's bcm5700 ethernet driver

but I think even if I transfer those files, they aren't everything I need for the driver. If I download the package from linuxwireless, the file is install_bcm43xx_firmware.sh:

sudo /usr/share/b43-fwcutter/install_bcm43xx_firmware.sh

All it does is connect to a location to download the firmware and then when its downloaded, install it. Obviously I won't be able to do this if I have no connectivity to begin with. Does that make sense?

Sam Lars
August 27th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Well if it has the same card you should look at what your first computer used, only one of those should be installed.
Also, if you're sure that it's the same card, you can copy the
/lib/firmware/b43 directory over to the other computer. This is all the cutter script installs.
Another option is to grab the driver file it's cutting from so it doesn't have to download it. Links to the files are in the sh script you mentioned.

August 28th, 2008, 02:33 AM
The card I had when I first installed is the integrated, wired Ethernet card. Since I moved into my dormitory we only have wireless access.

I'll try what you suggested and let you know if it works. Thanks!