Beginners Questions New to the community? Make your first post here. If your question is regarding Mac OS X, please use the Mac OS X forum.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  (#1) Old
Tessa Tessa is offline
Junior Member
 
Posts: 7
Join Date: Dec 2010
Default Wireless Driver System Error - 12-26-2010, 10:08 PM

My 910 mini was having trouble running Windows XP because of hard drive space. SO I downloaded Ubuntu and am running it on that from the USB before I commit to it. I clicked on the button to activate the Broadcom STA Wireless driver but got an error message saying SystemError:installArchives()failed.

What does that mean?
Reply With Quote
  (#2) Old
reflex reflex is offline
Guru
 
reflex's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,997
Join Date: Apr 2009
Default 12-26-2010, 11:58 PM

I dunno. But this page has info about getting Broadcom WiFi drivers working in Ubuntu. Pay attention to the notes about LiveCD/USB use where you manually load and unload kernel modules/drivers.


Mini 9 | Intel 5100 Wifi | Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
Reply With Quote
  (#3) Old
Tessa Tessa is offline
Junior Member
 
Posts: 7
Join Date: Dec 2010
Question 12-27-2010, 12:22 AM

Thanks but the page you sent me to is waaaaay over my head. I did manage to get into the command window but got no information when I typed the command lspci l Wireless

Maybe because I'm running Ubuntu from a USB.

Can anyone walk a nearly illiterate new Ubuntu 10.10 for netbook user through installing a wireless driver so I can get this working? Otherwise it's back to Windows XP......
Reply With Quote
  (#4) Old
reflex reflex is offline
Guru
 
reflex's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,997
Join Date: Apr 2009
Default 12-27-2010, 03:09 AM

The easiest way may be: connect to the network via a wire, then open a terminal and run:
Code:
sudo apt-get update &&
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source &&
sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb wl &&
sudo modprobe wl
I haven't tried it on a LiveCD/USB but I hope that after those commands, you'll be able to choose a wireless network via the taskbar icon.



For the curious, here's a description of what the commands do (as comments after #). The "&&" between commands means stop if a command fails.
Code:
sudo apt-get update && # get updated software info
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source && # install driver
sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb wl && # unload conflicting drivers
sudo modprobe wl # load driver


Mini 9 | Intel 5100 Wifi | Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
Reply With Quote
  (#5) Old
lauriem04 lauriem04 is offline
Senior Member
 
lauriem04's Avatar
 
Posts: 358
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Default 12-28-2010, 03:38 PM

There's a great post on how to fix this error here:

Ubuntu on the Dell Mini: Broadcom Wireless Driver Fix In Maverick

BTW, ubuntumini.com will be a great resource for you if you decide to commit to Ubuntu. Before you do so, though, I would suggest checking out a couple of other Linux distros. My personal favorite is Linux Mint: Main Page - Linux Mint.


Mini 9 (910): Cherry Red, N270, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB STEC SSD, XP Home
Mini 10v (1011): Passion Purple, N270, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, XP Home
Inspiron 11z (1110): Passion Purple, SU4100, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Win7
Alienware M11x R1: Cosmic Black, SU7300, 4 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Win7
Latitude 2110: Blue Ribbon, N470, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Touchscreen, Win7
Zino HD (400): True Blue, Athlon X2 3250e, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Win7
Plus a few others not discussed here...
Reply With Quote
Reply

« C: drive is too full to remove programs | Wireless connection problem »
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Copyright © 2008-2016 MyDellMini.com.