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- 2/kmod and I get a reply saying bash: /home/uname -r~/Desktop/broadcom-wl- 2/kmod: No such file or directory. But the file is on the desktop. I continued with writing /home/uname -r~/Desktop/broadcom-wl- 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.


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


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

[wilf@comp ~]$ uname -r

It needs to be '/home/YOUR_USERNAME/Desktop/broadcom-wl- 2/kmod' or '~/Desktop/broadcom-wl- 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.

  • When I type in '/home/YOUR_USERNAME/Desktop/broadcom-wl- 2/kmod' or '~/Desktop/broadcom-wl- 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 '13 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 '13 at 10:22

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