Newbie question...

Raseel Bhagat raseelbhagat at
Tue Oct 7 12:05:20 UTC 2008

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:25 AM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:

> Roy Smith wrote:
> > Hi!  I'm new to Ubuntu and right now I'm just trying out the live CD.
> > It's nice but there's one problem I'm having.  I'm using a HP Compaq
> > nx6325 laptop and it has a Broadcom 802.11 a/b/g wireless network card
> > in it.  The problem is that Ubuntu reports that the driver firmware is
> > proprietary so the driver isn't set up for my WiFi card.
> >
> > So am I correct in assuming that since I'm using a live CD that I will
> > not be able to take the steps necessary to set up the driver for that
> > card?
> I think it should be possible to do the setup. But as everything only runs
> in memory, it will be lost if you reboot. But I can't really help you
> with the installation of the firmware. Maybe you can find some hints at
> one of these pages:
> <>
> <>
> <
> >

Nils is correct. I have managed to even run compiz with non-free drivers
with the help of "restricted driver support" options.
But all the changes will be lost on reboot.
It's a great way to find out whether some functions are supported on your
laptop at all, though.

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