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For my wireless adapter (inside my computer) to enable it, I run modprobe b43 and that turns it on. But, when I reboot it goes back to no device. So, how do I make this totally permanent?

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Add b43 to /etc/modules file. It should work (You can add it by running the following command)

echo b43 >> /etc/modules
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That's not ubuntu-like, a sudo of this will give "permission denied". Use sudoedit /etc/modules – Joce Oct 15 '15 at 11:02

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