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Started by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec), March 15, 2011, 04:26:14 AM

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mary

Can you please tell me how I can uninstall the second deb file because I already installed it with the way you told (*.deb)... :P :s

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

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What's the output from:
dpkg -l | grep b43
?

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mary

I'm in the b43 folder, on desktop and from this path, I wrote the command you said. The output is:
dpkg-query: error: package name in specifier ' grep' is illegal: must start with alphanumeric character

Basically, because from the other instructions I installed both deb files and now you said I only need the first one, can I uninstall somehow both of them and start from the beggining of the latest instructions?

(Thank you for your time!!!!)

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

Sorry, typo .. I've fixed the command in my last posting :)




mary .. don't worry if you installed the patch.deb, it won't hurt to leave it installed .. the important thing is that you have the b43-fwcutter package installed, then you install the firmware
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mary

ok, the output is:

ii b43-fwcutter                   1:015-9
   Utility for extracting Broadcom 43xx firmware


Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

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On another PC with internet access .. download this file (firmware archive):
http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2 (http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2)

and copy it to the b43 directory you created on the Ubuntu desktop.

Open a terminal, and run these commands in sequence:
cd ~/Desktop/b43
then
tar -xjvf broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2
then
sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3/driver/wl_apsta/wl_prebuilt.o
then
sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/b43
then
sudo modprobe -r b43
(don't worry if that command fails .. just carry on below
then
sudo modprobe b43

Does your wireless spring to life ?

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mary

omg it works!!! It became alive from the first second after the last command!! :D
Thank you soooooooo so much!!!! You have to teach me some lessons to learn linux good because I have to know it!!! :P:) haha

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

#37
You're most welcome :)

Might be a good idea to check it survives a reboot.

If it doesn't let me know and we'll add the b43 module to be loaded at bootup.

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mary

It works fine after a reboot!! Thank you so much once again!! You are the best!! ;)


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crchambers1442

This is the only place on the web where I have found a solution that works on my wireless. Thanks. It doesn't survive a reboot though. You offered a solution to that which I would appreciate.

Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec)

#41
Hi crchambers1442, and welcome to the forum :)

Which driver did you have to modprobe ? .. b43 or b43legacy ?

[EDIT]

Step 1 -

Run:
sudo modprobe b43
Does your wireless to life .. if YES, move on to "Step 3" .. if NO move to "Step 2"




Step 2 -

run:
sudo modprobe -r b43
then
sudo modprobe b43legacy
Does your wireless to life .. if YES, move on to "Step 4" .. if NO, STOP NOW and tell me if this is this a LiveCD (or LiveUSB without persistence) or a proper hard drive installation ?




Step 3 -

Run:
sudo gedit /etc/modules
a file should open containing some text.

add a NEW LINE at the bottom that reads:-

b43

SAVE the file, and exit gedit.

Reboot to test.




Step 4 -

Run:
sudo gedit /etc/modules
a file should open containing some text.

add a NEW LINE at the bottom that reads:-

b43legacy

SAVE the file, and exit gedit.

Reboot to test.

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crchambers1442

Step 1 worked so I proceeded to Step 3. Works perfectly. Thank you.

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seydell

Quote from: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on February 06, 2013, 07:04:00 PM
tar -xfvj broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2

I believe this should read (the f option needs to be last):
tar -xvjf broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2