I've recently installed crunchbang on my Compaq mini netbook, as the computer was not very powerful I chose crunchbang and was hoping to be able to use the computer mainly as a VPN server I could log in to from afar.

The netbook does not have a Ethernet cable, but I was able, through a lot of searching online, to determine and download the correct driver onto a USB device, from which I am now trying to install the driver.

I got the driver and some help from the Broadcom site

How can I install the driver for the wireless network from the USB device?

  • Maybe look here. Downloading the broadcom-sta-dkms or the binaries for it in a package form would at least allow you to use the dpkg command to install and insures this remains managed and you don't extract files and then have a hard time undoing changes later on... this driver is packaged by the distributions. Usually it is not required to manipulate files like you intended. – user44370 Feb 1 '14 at 15:33

Download all packages from http://packages.debian.org/sid/build-essential marked as depends (red circle) and all dependencies of those packages (recusively). Put them in one directory and run

# dpkg -i *.deb

Next, build your driver. cd to directory with downloaded package and run

tar -xvf your-file.tar.gz
./configure && make && make install

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