Ubuntu – Installing additional drivers without Internet connection


I have an Acer Aspire 3690 laptop who's ethernet adapter is not working due to IRQ conflict with the mouse (report during startup….press F1 to continue or F2 to setup). I tried to see and change settings in setup but there is not much other than boot menu that can be changed and could solve the broblem.

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 but the wireless driver is not working. When running the additional drivers app, it does reports that it wants to install the Broadcom STA wireless driver, but I have no ethernet connection to at least install the correct drivers for the wireless adapter.

Any ideas how to fix my dilemma?

Best Answer

Have you tried changing the IRQ settings in your BIOS (hitting F2)? The IRQ conflict isn't going to go away on its own.

If you can't change it, you can try a couple of different things:

  • Move your mouse to a different USB port (ideally, one on the opposite side of your computer, so you get a different USB controller)
  • Try a different mouse (if you can get your hands on one, and your computer has a port, try a PS/2 mouse)
  • Go to Broadcom's site, on a different computer, and see if they have the Linux drivers for your card. Download them to a USB drive or CD and install it that way.