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I am a Linux beginner. I have installed Linux Mint. The network connection is not working (neither wired nor wireless). I downloaded a file for the wireless driver "broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2" and now I want to install hoping that my wireless will work. How can I install that file without using internet ? If there is any other way to make my Network work (wireless and wired), please share. My Network shows "Networking disabled"

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You need to extract the files from the archive you downloaded. Most Linux based operating systems have a tar command that can be used in a situation like this. –  Ramhound Jun 5 '13 at 9:54
    
What you are doing should not be necessary, the broadcom drivers should be included with Mint. Please open a terminal run ifconfig and iwconfig and add the output to your question. –  terdon Jun 5 '13 at 14:01
    
IN fact, even better, ask a new question about how to configure network access in Mint and put the information there. –  terdon Jun 5 '13 at 14:08

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It's an archive file. Extract it from the terminal with:

tar -xjf broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2

Then browse to the extracted files. I think you will find a README file that explains how to install the driver.

A guide is here - it's for Ubuntu but might work for Linuxmint - give it a shot ;-)

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The general convention for installing from .tar.bz files is:

  1. Extract the file:

    tar -xvfj filename.tar.bz
    
  2. Enter the folder:

    cd filename
    
  3. Configure the build script:

    ./configure
    
  4. Build the software:

    make
    
  5. Install the software:

    sudo make install
    

Note that this is only a convention, some software may have slightly or even completely different steps. Also, you'll (usually) need gcc, etc. installed, which may be tricky if you don't have Internet on the box.

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