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I had just recently downloaded Linux Mint onto my computer, and I downloaded a 64-bit driver for wireless, but I don't know how to install it.

I've never used linux before now, and the person who downloaded the software already left for vacation.

I understand the concept of opening a terminal and writing commands, from previous forums, but none of what I try seems to work.

I wrote /home/uname -r~/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod and I get a reply saying bash: /home/uname -r~/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod: No such file or directory. But the file is on the desktop. I continued with writing /home/uname -r~/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod which results in a reply saying sudo: b43cutter: command not found.

Another forum told me to go to: System->Administrator->Additional Drivers(Hardware drivers). The only 'system' I have is: System Log, System Monitor, System Settings.

I'm not sure what to do. All the forums are confusing, and I'm new to this.

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There is an easier way. If you can have the internet access via an ethernet cable you can just install the b43 firmware

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

and then load up the b43 module via

sudo modprobe b43

Now you should have wireless working

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The command you are entering is /home/uname -r~/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod - which is basically the wrong command, as the uname -r bit is to find the kernel version:

[wilf@comp ~]$ uname -r
3.11.8-200.fc19.i686.PAE

It needs to be '/home/YOUR_USERNAME/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod' or '~/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod' (where ~ is your home directory's path)

Also, if you run lshw -C network, what shows up as the driver? (Under driver=) - It may be installed anyway.

You may also want to check rfkill list - you may also need to run it as root.

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  • When I type in '/home/YOUR_USERNAME/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod' or '~/Desktop/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 2/kmod' it still tells me No such file or directory. :( When I type in lshw -C network it says lshw-C: command not found. And nothing happens when I type in rfkill list.
    – Tara
    Nov 24, 2013 at 20:47
  • 'lshw' may need to be installed (under Hardware lister in Software centre I think) - but you could use lspci -v, but that would show everything on the PCI interface as well else as well. Remember to replace YOUR_USERNAME with your username. You may need to run rfkill as root, and that may need to be installed first.
    – Wilf
    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:22

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