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Postby evinrows on Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:50 am

I've been programming on Windows for years (mostly web, some Java SE, scratched C++ surface a bit, played with Ruby/Python) and I think it's time to take the step to Linux. I've been jumping from distro to distro trying to find one that automatically works with either my Broadcom wireless adapter or my Rosewell wireless USB adapter. Mint worked with my Rosewell, so at least I can configure my Broadcom on it (not having wired internet at my apartment).

I hope to be pretty active on this forum so I can really start learning Linux once and for all (about my third attempt).

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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby AlbertP on Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:53 am

Glad that you got internet working on a Rosewell. Earlier today someone in the forums complained about a Rosewell not working.

About Broadcom.
The 4313, 43224, 43225 and 4329 chips work right out-of-the-box since Mint 11.
For most Broadcoms it's enough to download a driver from the 'Additional Drivers' program. In many cases 2 drivers, STA and B43 are shown.
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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby evinrows on Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:59 am

Oh, in that case my 43225* should be working then. I wish I could check by unplugging my Rosewell, but I began installing this morning before I left for work (was so excited to see wireless bars I was almost late for work). I honestly just assumed my Broadcom wasn't working because I thought no Linux distro supported it yet. +1 for Mint already.

Edit: I just checked, was off by a number, I meant 43225 (HP DV6 2150).
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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby tdockery97 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:08 am

Welcome to the Mint forums evinrows. I'm sure you will also want to visit our Mint Community Website at http://community.linuxmint.com/. You will also find many Mint users in our IRC channels. Just go to Menu>Internet>XChat IRC and when you open it you will automatically be taken to our #linuxmint-chat and #linuxmint-help channels. Have fun with Mint.
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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby AlbertP on Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:20 am

The driver that lets your 43225 work out-of-the-box, brcm80211, is still a bit experimental. You may still need the STA driver from the Additional Drivers program (the B43 does not support the 43225) if brcm80211 doesn't work well. But brcm80211 (I haven't tried it yet; no Broadcom 4313/43224/43225/4329 here) seems to be stable enough to be able to download the STA if necessary.

(edit: 43224 changed to 43225, but the Linux support of them is equal)
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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby evinrows on Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:20 pm

I just wanted to confirm that my B43225 worked on first launch. :D
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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby The-Wizard on Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:48 pm

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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby Oscar799 on Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:45 am

Hello evinrows,
Welcome to Mint Forum :P
There is a lot of useful information for new and not-so-new users here -> viewtopic.php?f=60&p=302358#p302355
We have a Community site http://community.linuxmint.com/
For real-time help and discussion there are IRC channels,open MintMenu>Internet>XChat and you will be automatically connected to #linuxmint-help and #linuxmint-chat
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Re: New Mint/Linux User

Postby nunol on Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:41 pm

Welcome to the Linux Mint Forums evinrows!

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