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Need to install wireless firmware w/o a network connection

Postby OmegaD on Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:23 pm

I have two machines running LMDE 201303.

I have access to the neighbor's wireless router on Machine A, and need access to it on Machine B (which is a fresh install from a cd.)

I have no ethernet connection available at home.

Machine B is a Dell Vostro 1510. I found this: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=90173 which indicates that I would normally need to run
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sudo aptitude install firmware-iwlwifi

...except of course that Machine B has no internet connection through which to run that command.

How do I download and "copy" the "firmware-iwlwifi" file/package/folder/whatever to a USB stick using Machine A and then install it on Machine B? I'm going to need a step-by-step. Thanks.
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Re: Need to install wireless firmware w/o a network connecti

Postby administrollaattori on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:03 pm

If you have those deb-packages on your usb-drive onto folder packages, it goes like this:
1. Mount usb-drive
2. Open terminal and go to the packages folder
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cd /media/usb-drive_or_whatever/packages

3.Install packages
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sudo dpkg -i *.deb
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Re: Need to install wireless firmware w/o a network connecti

Postby OmegaD on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:06 pm

Thanks. That answers the second half of my question, but how do I actually get the "deb-packages" on my usb-drive?
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Re: Need to install wireless firmware w/o a network connecti

Postby administrollaattori on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:14 pm

OmegaD wrote:Thanks. That answers the second half of my question, but how do I actually get the "deb-packages" on my usb-drive?


Make a package search script an copy it to terminal and press enter .. :wink:
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Re: Need to install wireless firmware w/o a network connecti

Postby OmegaD on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:51 pm

Thanks.

Need some more direction though. I've never done this before. So I clicked where you indicated, and it made a file that had the following text in it:
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#!/bin/sh

I tried typing that into a terminal from the usb drive, and from the start menu, and tried both with "sudo" before it... not sure what I'm doing here but it doesn't seem like anything is happening.

I need a step-by-step. Thanks.
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Re: Need to install wireless firmware w/o a network connecti

Postby administrollaattori on Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:14 am

OmegaD wrote:Thanks.

Need some more direction though. I've never done this before. So I clicked where you indicated, and it made a file that had the following text in it:
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#!/bin/sh

I tried typing that into a terminal from the usb drive, and from the start menu, and tried both with "sudo" before it... not sure what I'm doing here but it doesn't seem like anything is happening.

I need a step-by-step. Thanks.


1. Mark a package for installing (or re-installing)
2. Make a package retrieve script
3. Open the script as text and paste it contents to terminal

An example mint-wifi
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wget -c http://debian.lth.se/linuxmint/pool/main/m/mintwifi/mintwifi_1.9_all.deb


If there is many packages, you can install them using command:
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sudo dpkg --force-depends -i *.deb


You can make a folder for deb-packages and move packages there.
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mkdir ~/packages
mv *.deb ~/packages
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Re: Need to install wireless firmware w/o a network connecti

Postby wayne128 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:35 am

I have two machines running LMDE 201303.

I have access to the neighbor's wireless router on Machine A,


and need access to it on Machine B (which is a fresh install from a cd.)

I have no ethernet connection available at home.


I would just clone Machine A and copy to Machine B follow by install grub2 to mbr of Machine A.
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