[possible solution]LMDE Wireless drivers by default

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[possible solution]LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby flebber on Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:49 pm

Will LMDE include all wireless drivers out of the box like Katya?

If not is there a way to install the drivers without a wired connection? There are plenty of work arounds for people with a connection to the laptop but not many without. the only option I have seen is ceni used in mepis, anti-x and sidux to establish an internet connection worelessly without the broadcom drivers.
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Re: LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby Oscar799 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:00 am

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Re: LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby SimonTS on Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:22 pm

AFAIK Katya only includes the drivers which are built into the kernel - this is my understanding of the way it normally works. It would be easier if you tols us what wireless card you have in the PC you wish to install katya on to.
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Re: LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby mads on Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:00 pm

SimonTS wrote:It would be easier if you told us what wireless card you have in the PC you wish to install katya on to.

Yes, open a terminal window, run this command and post the output.
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inxi -N

Usually the driver is there, but need to be loaded. But more about this later. :)
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Re: LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby flebber on Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:22 am

I've got the BCM57780, I ended up going with LXDE 11 because the wireless drivers were not available by default. If I had a hard ethernet connection available it would be no real problem as the debian solution to install the drivers is not that hard about steps 5 steps or so but without it its just hard.

I was playing with Mepis-Antix and they have got around the issue by using ceni http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Howto_articles#Ceni which allows you to hook up wireless without the drivers.

Fedora doesn't have the drivers by default but then you don't need an ethernet connection to your laptop either. I had a pendrive copy of fedora linux, I copied the 3 broadcom rpms and once my install was complete one command rpm -ivh *rpm installed all the drivers and I was up and running, its just that Fedora as a distro lacks stability being the testing ground that it is.
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Re: LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby mads on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:44 am

flebber wrote:I've got the BCM57780, I ended up going with LXDE 11 because the wireless drivers were not available by default. If I had a hard ethernet connection available it would be no real problem as the debian solution to install the drivers is not that hard about steps 5 steps or so but without it its just hard.

I was playing with Mepis-Antix and they have got around the issue by using ceni http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Howto_articles#Ceni which allows you to hook up wireless without the drivers.

Fedora doesn't have the drivers by default but then you don't need an ethernet connection to your laptop either. I had a pendrive copy of fedora linux, I copied the 3 broadcom rpms and once my install was complete one command rpm -ivh *rpm installed all the drivers and I was up and running, its just that Fedora as a distro lacks stability being the testing ground that it is.


There is a section in the forums called "Chat about Linux & Other Distributions".
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Re: LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby flebber on Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:14 am

mads wrote:
There is a section in the forums called "Chat about Linux & Other Distributions".


Yes but ultimately my post is about LMDE which I would prefer to use but can't.
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Re: [possible solution]LMDE Wireless drivers by default

Postby flebber on Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:12 pm

Found this in the aptosid manual would this work with LMDE to get wireless drivers working simply in LMDE for those of us without a wired net connection?

http://manual.aptosid.com/en/nf-firm-en.htm#fw-detect
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Should you need to prefetch firmware .debs, to put on a usb-key to transfer the files to another computer, you can download them as either a zip or tar.gz file from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unoff ... d/current/ and extract it to a folder called firmware, you should see a number of .deb files.

Next download http://packages.debian.org/sid/firmware-linux-free*.deb and add it to all the other debs in the folder you extracted the non-free firmware to. Then transfer them with the stick to the computer that needs the non-free firmware and:

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dpkg -i firmware-linux-nonfree*.deb
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