How can i connect this netbook to the internet to update drivers?

there is no Ethernet port

i get a ton of errors, one after the other, when trying to install manually with USB.

it is an HP mini 1000; not mine.

i got a usb to ethernet, but it required drivers that were, what do you know, windows only.

is there a usb to ethernet adapter that has native ubuntu support

:cry: because i will probably not get a reply tonight

but :D because the replies from the linux community are always so kind and understanding to OS newbishnish :kaola: :love: :love: :love:

PS. remember, this is a netbook, which makes everything all the more frustrating :kaola: when used to a 5760 x 1080p res on screen with a real mouse :fou:
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  1. oh yea, the internet drivers are the drivers i need to update

    the wifi ones
  2. What chipset is the wireless? If you do not know please post output of "lspci" and "lsmod"
  3. the Broadcom b43


    those are the chips that show up from either search... there is no way i could sit here and type the whole post :D

    i know drivers are under an already existent ubuntu respiratory so i just need a linux native usb to ethernet adapter for a quick and seamless transfer of the update

    i hate installing ubuntu on devices with no Ethernet ports
  4. You can just do it manually with a 2nd computer/
    Download to a flash drive, transfer to netbook:
    Either download the b43-fwcutter package from ubuntu repositorys, or get source and compile.
    Download bcm4xx firmware and run fwcutter tool.

    Download links and instructions here:

    or you can use the STA driver here:
  5. this method gives me error messages while trying to use the "make" command
  6. deathbydoubleG said:
    this method gives me error messages while trying to use the "make" command

    Oh you do not have gcc and other dev tools

    Please read this page. Specifically the part under " no internet access"
  7. skittle said:
    Oh you do not have gcc and other dev tools

    Please read this page. Specifically the part under " no internet access"

    k, thanks :D

    this netbook is extremly annoying to work on because of that touchpad and the small, low pixel density screen. :fou:
  8. Not mine -- did this when researching for another netbook

    "Broadcom problems

    First thing, I see you're using the b43 driver. While this does now support the card you need to pass a couple options to the driver for it to work

    See if this helps

    modprobe -r b43
    modprobe b43 pio=1 qos=0

    If so add to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf the following line

    options b43 pio=1 qos=0

    I recall reading somewhere the downside to this is that it hurts performance for protocols other than http.

    Which version of Ubuntu are you using? For any current version, if you have a wired internet connection available, do

    sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

    If you do not have an internet connection, the necessary drivers are on the installation CD.

    EDIT: Installation instructions for online and offline here:


    You have two different drivers loading, b43 and ndiswrapper, which will conflict. Also, while I think b43 is beginning to support this card, the wl driver should work better.

    If you can get a wired connection do

    sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source bcmwl-modaliases

    Open the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf with the text editor of your choice, ie

    gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

    Add the following two lines

    blacklist b43
    blacklist ndiswrapper

    Make sure there isn't a line reading

    blacklist wl

    Reboot and it should work. If not, check the output of

    lsmod | grep wl

    If there is no output, the module isn't loading. Load as so

    sudo modprobe wl

    Make it load at boot

    echo "wl" | sudo tee -a /etc/modules

    Broadcom 4312

    Depending on the distro (and version) you are using, the Broadcom 4312 wireless chipsets are frequently incompatible with the b43 kernel module and the ssb module on which b43 depends. The Broadcom wireless chipset for the 4312 under these circumstances conflicts with the ssb module.

    This may work for you:
    First, pass this parameter when booting (or add it to the menu.lst): ssb.blacklist=1 *
    Second, you'll need to install and enable the proprietary Broadcom STA driver.
    Third, you will need to be certain that both the b43 and ssb drivers are blacklisted. Add:
    to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

    When you reboot, the installed driver scripts should configure the system to load the wl driver automatically at boot. You can check this with the command:
    lsmod | grep wl
    which should return a line for wl.
    You can also determine which interface your wireless is assigned to with the command:
    ifconfig -a
    * "pass this parameter when booting"
    means type


    at the bottom of boot screen when grub screen shows which kernel of operating system to boot.


    Mint is a great distro to start with
    No, don't change distros. Mint should be easy to configure.
    When your Grub screen appears, you should be able to press the "e" key to edit.
    Then there should be a line of instructions for the computer to read in order to boot the computer.
    You should be able to type "ssb.blacklist=1" on that line of instructions, and then I believe you enter "b" to boot (whatever the screen states to boot that edited line.

    To download the STA driver. you will need an internet connection, so you will have to connect a cable up. Then open the synaptic package manager and search for the Broadcom STA driver. Synaptic will install and configure the driver modules for you. But now that I think about it, doesn't Mint have an install proprietary drivers applet? If so select the STA driver (while connected to the internet) and install it.

    The reason for the error in activating is most likely that the wireless card can not be detected because the ssb or b43 module has already connected to the device, therefore not allowing the device to be opened by another application.

    So, you need to blacklist those modules in order to keep the connection to the wireless device open for the STA driver to connect to. You do this by stopping the initialization scripts from loading those drivers in the modprobe.d directory which is accessed during the boot process. To do this:
    Open up a terminal window (Gnome Terminal, XTerminal, or whatever is available in your menu). Type "su" you will be asked for the root password. Then type the file manager you use (Nautilus if Gnome, Konqueror or Dolphin if KDE, Thunar if XFCE - not sure which Mint you are using). You will then be superuser browsing your folders (BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO DELETE STUFF!).
    Go to the "File System" directory. Open the "etc" folder. Open the "modprobe.d" folder. There will be a file named "blacklist.conf", right click and open with a text editor. Scroll to the bottom and type in:
    (Some distros require "blacklist ssb" and "blacklist b43" you will see other entries in that file, just make your entries similar. Then save the file and close your file manager and terminal that you have open as superuser, to avoid doing something accidentally.

    Then reboot, cross your fingers, and if it works you'll owe me a pint of Guinness stout."
  9. i won't have access to the netbook until mon. so i will see if it works now

    nothing works the way it is supposed to with me though :D
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