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I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 and a freshly installed Linux Mint 8. I don't have internet and can only connect wirelessly through a local public network.

I've installed Mint 8 several times before. It works great and I love it. In the past, when I've installed linux, I've had an internet connection I could physically plug into. I just downloaded the restricted drivers it recommended.

Now, I don't have home internet but I still would really rather be using Linux then Windows. How do I use my windows 7 to get online and get the files I need?

What do I need and where do I get it?
How, once I have it, do I make it work in Linux?
This is what I'm trying to figure out...

I ran lspci and found a Broadcom BCM4312 (suggestion form the Mint forum)

Linux Mint says “restricted drivers available” when it boots and offers
Broadcom B43 Wireless driver (apparently aka fwcutter)
and the Broadcom STA wireless driver.

I downloaded "hybrid-portsrc_x86_32-v5_100_82_38.tar" -the STA driver, from Broadcom's website
I also just grabbed "b43-fwcutter_012.orig.tar" -from launchpad

Using the Mint filemanager, I drag-n-dropped these files into my linux partition.
Both tarballs are sitting in my home folder /home/robert/

Do these look like the files I need? What next? I am embarrassingly unskilled with linux and would need someone to tell me what to type just to untar them.

I need someone to take me step-by-step through what I need to do with them in order to enable wireless connectivity.
This might help
I start getting internet connection problems after i upgrade to Linuxmint8. michaelk, thank you. linux support was much of help!
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