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:
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:
tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
Use version 220.127.116.11 of Broadcom's proprietary driver.
Download and extract the firmware from this driver tarball:
tar xjf broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168.tar.bz2
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!