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Re: Offline install of b43-fwcutter and firmware for Broadcom Wireless cards
« Reply #90 on: November 13, 2014, 10:41:41 pm »
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cross@ubuntu:~$ sudo lshw -C network
[sudo] password for cross:
  *-network               
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: RTL-8029(AS)
       vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
       physical id: 5
       bus info: pci@0000:00:05.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 00
       serial: 00:1c:42:d6:4a:9c
       size: 1Gbit/s
       capacity: 1Gbit/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master ethernet physical logical fibre 1000bt-fd
       configuration: autonegotiation=off broadcast=yes driver=prl_eth driverversion=1.1 duplex=full ip=10.211.55.9 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1Gbit/s
       resources: irq:23 ioport:8200(size=32) memory:ee000000-ee0fffff
cross@ubuntu:~$ lspci -vnn | grep -i net
00:05.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8029(AS) [10ec:8029]

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Re: Offline install of b43-fwcutter and firmware for Broadcom Wireless cards
« Reply #91 on: November 13, 2014, 11:09:12 pm »
The OS isn't finding the wireless adapter at all.

Just because it's an internal adapter does NOT mean it's not a USB adapter .. so have you added a USB controller to the VM, and if so is the wireless adapter listed if you click thee UWSB icon on the parallels status bar ?
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YES, YES, YES!!! You're a genius!

In this brave new world, I understood nothing of what you said but followed it to the letter and..... PRESTO!!

Many thanks.

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You're most welcome, glad it helped .. and welcome to the forum :)

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For an "Offline" install of b43-fwcutter and firmware in Ubuntu 14.04 (or any distro based on it).
(ie. without an working internet connection on the Ubuntu PC)

Supported models include:
BCM4301, BCM4306 (revision 2), BCM4306 (revision 3), 4309, BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4318, BCM4320, BCM4322, BCM4331, BCM43224, and BCM43225

Create a new directory on your desktop called b43offline

Now navigate onto your Ubuntu 14.04 LiveCD, and go to pool > main > b > b43-fwcutter directory

Copy the b43-fwcutter_xxx-x_xxxx.deb file to the b43offline directory you just created on your desktop.

If you don't have a LiveCD .. you can download the b43-fwcutter_xxx-x_xxxx.deb file for your architecture from one of these links:-

For 32bit Ubuntu 14.04
http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/b/b43-fwcutter/b43-fwcutter_018-2_i386.deb

For 64bit Ubuntu 14.04
http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/b/b43-fwcutter/b43-fwcutter_018-2_amd64.deb

Once you have the b43-fwcutter_xxx-x_xxxx.deb file in the b43offline directory on your desktop .. open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:
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cd ~/Desktop/b43offline
then:
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sudo dpkg -i b43-fwcutter*
Now on another PC with internet access .. download these 2 (firmware) files:-
http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o
and
http://www.lwfinger.com/b43-firmware/broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
and copy them both to the b43offline directory you created on the Ubuntu desktop.

Once you have those 2 files in the b43offline directory on your desktop .. open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run these commands in sequence:
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cd ~/Desktop/b43offline
then:
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tar xjvf broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
then:
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sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-5.100.138/linux/wl_apsta.o
then:
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sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o
then:
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sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/b43
then:
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sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/b43legacy
then:
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sudo modprobe -r b43
(don't worry if that command fails .. just carry on below)

then:
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sudo modprobe b43

Wireless adapters that use the b43 drivers should now spring to life.

If that doesn't work .. try changing to the b43legacy driver with:
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sudo modprobe -r b43
then:
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sudo modprobe b43legacy



Once it's working .. feel free to save/move/delete the b43offline directory from your desktop



I'll try remember to update these instructions for 16.04 when it's released.

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Hy, I've just recently installed Elementary OS Freya on my old Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop wth Broadcam 4312 card and I do not have Internet at all!
I have already downloaded the files from an internet-connected computer and tried to install them but the command "b43-fwcutter" is still not found. What would be your recommendations?
What else should I try?

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Which architecture, 32bit or 64bit ?

If unsure, please post the output from:
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uname -a
and can you also post the output from
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ls ~/Desktop/b43offline
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