My hp mini is on the verge of failing on windows xp...and I have installed linux mint but my problem is that I cant get my wireless driver to work on it so I cant go online...I would like a download site or someway to help me...please and thankyou for reading...
First, have you updated all the software? Even if you downloaded the iso earlier today, there are a LOT of drivers and packages that are out of date/missing in the iso.
Just run: $ apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
Also, you should know that missing drivers is very common in freshly installed Linux distributions - not because the driver doesn't exist, but because the driver is closed-source. Many free and open source operating systems - Linux Mint included - decide to not distribute non-free (as in freedom not price) drivers with the installation file. However, you can probably find something in the Software Center (look up ndiswrapper) that can help you with some of those closed-source, proprietary drivers.
But, so you know, I have to re-figure out how to install those dang wifi drivers every time I install a Linux distro on my laptop (which is a MacBook… A linux driver nightmare). When you do get your wireless working, please post back and let us know what you did.
How would I update it if I cant even get an internet connection?
and I use a broadcom wirless driver
Driver: Broadcom 102.11
and it is not supportive of linux or any version...I need a way to get the driver activated with no errors possible...remember..I dont have a cd drive and I am not using BIOS to change anything...so....I am running windows xp if that helps at all and I need assistance with the drivers support...if the terminal method works...then thanks...but else...I need more help..
I switched to Ubuntu and I am getting the same problem..and I am using my neighbors wifi and I cant even get the driver to start when I run it...it says..
Not connected to a connection
and it says that I only have a wired connection or VPN network as an option..I need a way to access my wifi as simply as possible..
@TProductions But how can u if u don't have wifi driver...if u go on windows xp and get Internet u can search your card and linux driver and than put it in a USB and bring it over to your ubuntu...and see the commands to install it..or it may have a simple insulation
Mint and Ubuntu miss many WiFi drivers. I have a laptop with a broadcom wireless and neither distro contained the firmware for the device. Manjaro, an arch based Linux version does contain more broad com wireless firmware and also does better configuring video cards like ast and nvidea. I have used mint Ubuntu and about 10 other distros and manjaro blows them all out both in speed and stability. But for mint or ubuntu I was able to install b43-fwcutter which is the software you can use to then extract your firmware for you BC.