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Video and wireless drivers

Postby Paul99 on Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:56 am

Hello

I have just installed Mint and I have some problems installing the video and wireless drivers.
The system is a Dell Inspiron 1520 with a Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT video card.
In the Hardware drivers section Mint shows a Broadcom B43 wireless driver ( I guess that's how Mint sees my card) and NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver version 173 and 177 (Recommended).
When I try to activate one of these drivers the system tries to download and install them for a few seconds but then a small window with an error sign appears. The wireless connection is my only internet connection so obviously it can't download anything from the internet.

Isn't there another way to install these drivers? In other Linux distributions I used ndiswrapper to get the Windows driver.

Thank you


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Re: Video and wireless drivers

Postby hotweiss on Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:14 pm

go into terminal and run this command:

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sudo apt-get update


After you'll be able to download.
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Re: Video and wireless drivers

Postby Paul99 on Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:58 pm

I tried that but I got a long line of errors ( see below). I don't have a wired internet connection, only a wireless one so I don't see how I can connect to the internet without first installing the driver for the wireless card. I looked for an option to allow me to use ndiswrapper (I installed the driver that way in PCLinux and Mandriva) but Mint (Ubuntu) doesn't seem to use that program.

Any ideas how I can solve this problem?

Thank you,

Paul


Err http://packages.linuxmint.com felicia Release.gpg
Could not resolve 'packages.linuxmint.com'
Err http://packages.linuxmint.com felicia/main Translation-en_US
Could not resolve 'packages.linuxmint.com'
Err http://packages.linuxmint.com felicia/upstream Translation-en_US
Could not resolve 'packages.linuxmint.com'
.......................
Reading package lists... Done
W: Failed to fetch http://packages.linuxmint.com/dists/felicia/Release.gpg Could not resolve 'packages.linuxmint.com'
W: Failed to fetch http://packages.linuxmint.com/dists/fel ... -en_US.bz2 Could not resolve 'packages.linuxmint.com'
W: Failed to fetch http://packages.linuxmint.com/dists/fel ... -en_US.bz2 Could not resolve 'packages.linuxmint.com'
...............................
W: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
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Re: Video and wireless drivers

Postby hotweiss on Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:30 pm

Follow these steps:

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sudo dpkg --configure -a


2.
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sudo apt-get update
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Re: Video and wireless drivers

Postby Paul99 on Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:35 pm

it didn't work. I got the same line of errors as last time, the only difference being that after the first step Mint asked me for my password.
another way to install my wireless driver?




hotweiss wrote:Follow these steps:
1.
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sudo dpkg --configure -a

2.
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sudo apt-get update
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