Connecting to the Internet on Gutsy

This little guide will tell you how to enable the firmware for Broadcom 43xx chipsets when you get the following error message in Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10.

The software source for the package bcm43xx-fwcutter is not enabled.

In order to do this you will need to have a computer with internet. If you don’t have a computer with internet go to your local library and put the files on a flash drive. If you are lucky enough to plug your computer in via wire do that.

All you have to do is download bcm43xx-fwcutter. It is a deb package so it is a graphical install. Install it. Restart computer.

Download bcm43xx(wl_apsta).

Next go to restricted drivers (System -> Administation – > Restricted Drivers Manager) and click enable. A diolage box should pop up telling you to specify a location of firmware. Point to bcm43xx(wl_apsta). Restart.

And there you have it! No command line necessary. Wasn’t that easy?


9 thoughts on “Connecting to the Internet on Gutsy

  1. sarukun1228

    OMG, thank you SO much, I had downloaded other deb files but it never once asked me for a file location, and I didn’t even know about the other file, the driver works perfectly!

  2. Skyler

    Thank you so much. I just installed Ubuntu 7.10 and it was a pain to have that annoying message come up without any explanation as to how to install my WiFi card.

    I really appreciate your effort.


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