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Old 10-23-2007, 01:53 AM   #1
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Dell 1505 Wireless Card


I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 on which I've triple booted Kubuntu 7.10, Fedora 7.92, and Vista. The goal is to compare them and stick with the operating system I like best.

My wireless card is the stock Dell 1505 802.11n WLAN mini-card which I believe is a BroadCom 43xx card - not sure. Regardless, Fedora (and Kubuntu) do not recognize the card. I've searched high and low and cannot find any details to get this card working under LINUX.

Any tips??

-kirk
 
Old 10-23-2007, 07:04 PM   #2
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I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 on which I've triple booted Kubuntu 7.10, Fedora 7.92, and Vista. The goal is to compare them and stick with the operating system I like best.

My wireless card is the stock Dell 1505 802.11n WLAN mini-card which I believe is a BroadCom 43xx card - not sure. Regardless, Fedora (and Kubuntu) do not recognize the card. I've searched high and low and cannot find any details to get this card working under LINUX.

Any tips??

-kirk
Wireless cards are very often an issue. They are mostly propietary and the companies do not even want to release enough information for users to write their own drivers so don't even talk about providing their own. Nevertheless, there is a tool for using the windows driver, it only works with wireless card drivers but i've used it on another dell inspiron and it worked flawless, you should give it a try: ndiswrapper. Google some howto, it is not that hard to get to work.

By the way, if you want to compare operating systems, besides from all other advantages of GNU/linux I would recommend trying the compiz-fusion project, it offers you some nice eyecandy that on my opinion really beats vista by much.
 
Old 10-23-2007, 11:47 PM   #3
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At this point I've gone to ndiswrapper and I was able to find a driver that would recognize the card. I get through the installation and ndiswrapper seems to believe that the device is present and the driver is appropriate.

When I go to configure, things fall apart. According to ndiswrapper's installation instructions, I should execute iwconfig to see a list of hardware details. In this case, I get:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

virbr0 no wireless extensions.


I assume that I should see a wlan0 device, but it isn't there. I don't seem to be able to progress from there.

-Kirk
 
Old 10-24-2007, 11:53 PM   #4
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At this point I've gone to ndiswrapper and I was able to find a driver that would recognize the card. I get through the installation and ndiswrapper seems to believe that the device is present and the driver is appropriate.

When I go to configure, things fall apart. According to ndiswrapper's installation instructions, I should execute iwconfig to see a list of hardware details. In this case, I get:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

virbr0 no wireless extensions.


I assume that I should see a wlan0 device, but it isn't there. I don't seem to be able to progress from there.

-Kirk
:S Could you be more specific? which driver did you use? what steps did you follow and what output did you get in each? I will post you the how-to that I followed, it worked for me, but yours is a different driver. It should, however, still work. If I got it right, your laptop's driver would be this one: ftp://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R164255.EXE Try following the steps from the how-to with this driver and if you get a problem, please post exactly what it was(output, for example) and how did it happen(what where you running, the exact command, etc).
Good luck
 
Old 10-25-2007, 11:16 AM   #5
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Network configuration?

Thank you for the response. As for the previous topic, I never received an error, per se, but rather I was not able to ever see my wireless card as wlan0 when executing iwconfig. I determined the problem to be that I was using the wrong driver set. I was able to find two sets of drivers on ndiswrapper's web page. When I tried the second set, it seems to work fine. I can scan for networks and see mine - it appears to be go for the most part.

I'm now stuck at configuring the network simply due to lack of information. The ndiswrapper instructions say, "Now, setup the network parameters for the interface wlan0. This varies from distribution to distrbution. Refer to your distributions's documents on how to do this." Problem is, I can't seem to find any details on how exactly to do this! Please, oh please, let me know what I need to do to "configure" or "set up" my network. I am at the last stages of this and very excited to get it going! 8^)

-Kirk

Edit: I should also mention that I have a wireless network up and running. It is WEP encoded and I can detect it from my newly installed card (thank you ndiswrapper!!). I just don't know what to do next in order to connect to the network.

Last edited by KirkD; 10-25-2007 at 11:47 AM. Reason: Additional information
 
Old 10-26-2007, 12:18 AM   #6
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Assuming you are using dhcp, you can try this:

iwconfig [interface] mode managed key [WEP key] (128 bit WEP use 26 hex characters, 64 bit WEP uses 10)


iwconfig essid "[ESSID]" (Specify ESSID for the WLAN)


dhclient [interface] (to receive an IP address, netmask, DNS server and default gateway from the Access Point)


ping www.bbc.co.uk (if you receive a reply you have access)

(I took it from here)
 
  


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