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Thread: For those getting the missing wireless b43 and b43_open issue.

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    For those getting the missing wireless b43 and b43_open issue.

    Here is what I did to get my broadcom wireless working.

    -Plugged my router directly into my laptop to access the internet.

    -After installation I opened Applications--System Tools--add/remove software

    -Do a search for b43

    -Installed first 2 choices
    *utility for extracting Broadcom 43xx firmware--b43-fwcutter

    *installer package for firmware for the b43 driver--firmware-b43-installer


    -ran "sudo modprobe b43" without quotes

    -ran "lsmod | grep b43" to make sure the drivers were listed

    -next ran "ifconfig eth0 up" this may be wlan0 for some

    -lastly rebooted pc.


    Still being a linux noob myself, I wrote this for similer people. Hope this helps.

    P.S> You may even be able to download the drivers b43 to usb from another pc, then move them into /lib/firmware then run the same commands in terminal if unable to access a modem.

    If i have made any errors please feel free to let me know.

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    I had broadcom issues too, im sure the above fix works just fine. Just wanted to mention that Synaptic package manager takes care of most of this for you after you grab b43-fwcutter and the correct firmware.

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    It works well, but I cut my internet connection soon. It may be that this firmware does not accept WPA-PSK?
    Thanks for the help.

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