B43 problem

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 -

  1. double-click the b43-fwcutter_012-1build1_i386.deb to install

  2. double-click the patch_2.6-2ubuntu1_i386.deb to install

  3. 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)

cd ~/Desktop
tar xfvj broadcom-wl-
sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-
sudo b43-fwcutter --unsupported -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-
  1. in your menu, go to All Applications>Administration>Hardware Drivers, and activate the b43 drivers.

  2. 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 -

  1. Connect the PC to a router with an ethernet cable, so you have an active internet connection.

  2. Open a terminal Applications>Accessories>Terminal and enter:

sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter

hit enter, and your password when asked.

  1. Go to System>Administration>Additional Drivers and activate the b43 driver… done :slight_smile:

Info - depending on the Ubuntu/Mint version, “Additional Drivers” may be called “Hardware Drivers”.