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Is there a way I can download all the dependencies of b43-fwcutter_011-1_i386.deb and broadcom-wl-5.100.138 that I download from Mac OS X to use with Ubuntu. The late 2011 MBP doesn't have a ethernet port so I'm just trying to get the wireless to work in the Ubuntu part.

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Your wireless card needs one or the other, not both. Please run lspci -nn and edit your question to add your wireless card details. We can proceed after we know which you require. – chili555 Dec 9 '12 at 11:46

Download the needed packages (.deb files) onto a Windows-formatted USB stick. Plug the USB stick in the Mac where it will hopefully get automounted. In a terminal, use dpkg -i to install the files from that volume.

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where do you get the deb files? – Skyler 440 Jan 29 '13 at 2:47

I've got the same computer and mine's broadcom. Like chili555 said, run lspci -nn to confirm. If it is in fact broadcom, type these into Termainl then reboot:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpodroid/mactel
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer

That's what did it for me.

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Downvote: This will not work unless he is connected to the internet, and OP can't as it lacks ethernet ports. – Javier Rivera Dec 12 '12 at 9:23
thanks for the explanation at least. I guess i missed the 'no ethernet ports' since my late 2011 MBP has them. guess my brain just disregarded it. – Yhilan Dec 14 '12 at 10:52

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