Kubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 Install on Dell Mini 10v with no internet

While I was at UDS I did a “Bad” thing to my netbook and had to re-install.
The Dell Mini 10v ships with BCM4312 wireless. As a result it needs restricted drivers for wifi to work. On the Kubuntu Netbook Remix ISO we included everything needed to get the Broadcom STA driver installed and working. Unfortunately, Jockey doesn’t know where to find the driver when the install is from USB.
After install you need to make a few adjustments. Leave the USB device you installed from in after the first reboot.
First add the device to /etc/apt/sources.list. The line to be added will look somewhat like:
deb file:///media/disk/ lucid main restricted
where media/disk is the path to your device
Then fire up jockey (Hardware Drivers under system). It should show you two options for driver install. You want to install the STA driver.
Once jockey is finished, you should have wifi.
So that solves the “you must have internet to get internet” Catch-22.
It’s fortunate I was at UDS when this happened, I was able to talk to several different people and lay out a plan to fix this for Maverick.

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2 Responses to “Kubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 Install on Dell Mini 10v with no internet”


  1. 1 Onkar May 17, 2010 at 03:13

    I think jockey does not give problem with just USB disk. It also gives problem with Alternate CD (or the ISO). I had seen this when dealing with Broadcom cards because you need to first install b43-fwcutter. And even though the package is available on CD, jockey can not install it.
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/jockey/+bug/355237

  2. 2 ScottK May 17, 2010 at 06:37

    I just tried it with the SD Card installed, so I don’t know if that problem is relevant or not.


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