How do I install B43 drivers offline jn Mint 9
Download these 4 files to your Windows PC
Now copy them to a USB memory stick, and copy them to your Mint9 PC’s desktop…
Now on the Mint9 PC, follow these steps -
double-click the b43-fwcutter_012-1build1_i386.deb to install
double-click the patch_2.6-2ubuntu1_i386.deb to install
open a terminal, and enter these commands one line at a time, hitting enter after each line, and your password when asked:
(remembering Linux commands ARE case sensitive)
tar xfvj broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168.tar.bz2
sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-22.214.171.124.o
sudo b43-fwcutter --unsupported -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-126.96.36.199/driver/wl_apsta_mimo.o
in your menu, go to All Applications>Administration>Hardware Drivers, and activate the b43 drivers.
reboot, and your wireless should work.
Thanks Mark, I will be a while as I am in charge of a very sick 6 year old and am also duty chef till the others get home. Dave
Another offline way to install the firmware and b43-fwcutter would be to download and burn an Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD and follow the instructions here:
b43 - No Internet accessLook for the section, 3/4 the way down the page.
Info - From what I gather, Mint removed the b43-fwcutter etc. from their Mint 9 LiveCD to save space, but as Mint 9 is based on Ubuntu 10.04 you will be OK loading the drivers from the Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD.
Just make sure you get the 32bit Ubuntu 10.04 if your Mint 9 install is 32bit… or 64bit Ubuntu fi your Mint install is 64bit.
For those that CAN connect to the internet with an ethernet cable, follow these instructions -
Connect the PC to a router with an ethernet cable, so you have an active internet connection.
Open a terminal Applications>Accessories>Terminal and enter:
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
hit enter, and your password when asked.
- Go to System>Administration>Additional Drivers and activate the b43 driver… done
Info - depending on the Ubuntu/Mint version, “Additional Drivers” may be called “Hardware Drivers”.