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    Installing new wireless firmware?

    Greetings!

    I am a brand new Ubuntu user attempting to install Ubuntu 8.04 on an HP Pavilion ze2000 notebook. I haven't used a Unix-based operating system for 10 years, since then I have been DOS/Windows only. So all this is a little confusing for me All I remember from my Unix terminal days is ls, case sensitivity, and never to type rm * -r

    Currently I am having issues with connecting to wireless networks. Going to the Hardware Drivers section I see that my Broadcom Wireless adapter has a supported driver but that firmware is required which cannot be sent with the O/S (why is that?). So I've found some instructions on how to correct this, at the link below:

    http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

    My adapter is the (supported) bcm4318. Following these instructions, I had problems:

    If you are using the b43 driver from linux-2.6.24, follow these instructions.

    Use version 011 of b43-fwcutter.
    Download, extract the b43-fwcutter tarball and build it:

    wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
    tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
    cd b43-fwcutter-011
    make
    cd ..

    Use version 4.80.53.0 of Broadcom's proprietary driver.
    Download and extract the firmware from this driver tarball:

    export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
    wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...0.53.0.tar.bz2
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
    cd broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0/kmod
    sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta.o

    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.

    I am able to follow the instructions just fine, I think. However, when I type "make" in the b43-fwcutter-011 directory, I get a whole bunch of error messages.

    excess elements in struct initializer, unknown field 'offset' specified in initializer, unknown field 'flags' specified in initializer, and much more. It finally ends with "make: *** [fwcutter.o] Error 1.

    Of course, the steps that follow cannot be completed without this being successfully "made." Can anyone explain to this newbie what he is doing wrong, and what these error messages mean?


    Finally, can anyone please let me know what to do to restart the system after it has gone to sleep? With power settings I have the laptop going to sleep after a certain amount of time, but once it says PM: Entering Memory Sleep or somesuch and locks the console, the only thing I seem to be able to do is power cycle the laptop to get it back running.

    Thanks very much for any help!

    -Brian

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    Exclamation Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    I'm new to this forum, so I don't know the etiquette here, but it seems like posts get lost rather quickly, so I am bumping this in the hope that someone can answer my questions, or at least point me to something I can read that can help me with this.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    Hi guys, is there a better forum in which to ask this question, or someplace I can go to look it up myself?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    As far as I know, the bcm43xx drivers never work well. Try using ndiswrapper and a windoze driver, there are a number of tutorials on the internet.
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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    I downloaded that application and managed to build the application. The attached DEB file will install the application in your /usr/local/bin directory.

    Install it with
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i b43-fwcutter_011-1_i386.deb
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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    Use synaptic to get b43-cutter. This will ensure it installs correctly.
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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    Sorry-- I meant to say if the b43-cutter prog will work, but I'll defer the remaining answers to the others, who clearly have more broadcom experience than I do.

    'Luck!
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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    Thank you for your assistance!

    I installed the .deb package, but couldn't get further. I tried following the steps to install the firmware, but I get the following error message: sudo: ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter: command not found

    What else should I do to be able to install the firmware?

    Thank you again!

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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    Also, when clicking on the .deb file, I was told that a newer version was available via the "software channel" or somesuch. What in the world does that mean?

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    Re: Installing new wireless firmware?

    Quote Originally Posted by bilekbp View Post
    Also, when clicking on the .deb file, I was told that a newer version was available via the "software channel" or somesuch. What in the world does that mean?
    That means that there is a newer version of the file in the repos.

    System > Admin > Synpatic package manager > search the .deb file.

    It should there, and click the white box and install.

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