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    I'll try and make this short because I'm very tired. I have Windows 7, needed to install Ubuntu to test something regarding a problem with 7, I installed Ubuntu, no problems. I got it all up and running, and I can't get the drivers for it. It doesn't already have my wireless drivers, so I can't get on the internet to get my drivers.

    How would I go about getting my needed drivers?

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    Depends on your wireless card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    Depends on your wireless card.

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    Sorry for having taken so long, but this is what I got from putting that in:

    //i151.photobucket()com/albums/s134/hellatot/Screenshot-1.png

    Replace the "()" with a period.

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    The driver for this card is included in the linux kernel. What you need is firmware.

    Are you able to get a wired connection? If so do
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    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
    and you should be good.

    If not, you'll need to download the b43-fwcutter package and firmware to a usb stick or other external storage device and transfer them over.

    You can find download links for 64 bit and 32 bit packages of b43-fwcutter here.

    I'm assuming you're using the latest Ubuntu, 10.04. You can download the firmware from http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2

    You can install the b43-fwcutter package by double clicking on the file.

    Once installed, copy the broadcom-wl file to your home directory. Then open a terminal and do
    Code:
    export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2
    cd broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux
    sudo b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta.o
    More details here.

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    Thanks for getting back to me.

    No, I can't get a wired connection right now, or for a long time.

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have the latest, I downloaded, and installed the winboot version just two days ago.

    I don't have a USB stick that I can use until about tomorrow, and I'd like to fix this now; I installed Ubuntu on the same hard drive as I have 7 on, and from Ubuntu, I can access anything on the hard drive, could I just place the .deb somewhere on the hard drive where I could easily find it from in Ubuntu? Would that work the same?

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    Yes, if you can access the windows partition, that should work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    Yes, if you can access the windows partition, that should work fine.
    Okay, so I put the .deb in the hard drive's root, and I put it on the Ubuntu desktop from inside Ubuntu, I double clicked it as you said to do, and I got this:

    i151.photobucket()com/albums/s134/hellatot/Screenshot-1-1.png

    Again, () = .

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    You have installed the 64 bit version of Ubuntu, but downloaded the 32 bit package. Follow the links for AMD64.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    You have installed the 64 bit version of Ubuntu, but downloaded the 32 bit package. Follow the links for AMD64.
    I... don't have a 64 bit system, I don't know why I would have 64 bit Ubuntu, or how I would have gotten that... although that would explain the weird startup problems it's having.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omnipharious View Post
    I... don't have a 64 bit system, I don't know why I would have 64 bit Ubuntu, or how I would have gotten that... although that would explain the weird startup problems it's having.
    Most computers these days are 64 bit capable. Are you sure you didn't install the 64 bit Ubuntu?

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