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Old 06-07-2006, 10:03 AM   #1
bofallon68
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Post dell e1505/6400 wireless issues


Has anyone successfully gotten the wireless card working on a dell e1505 / 6400 ? I'm running Ubuntu Dapper, and I've tried using ndiswrapper and the windows XP driver (bcmwl5.inf), but several problems have arisen. Here's what I've done
1. I used apt-get to install ndiswrapper-utils and ndisgtk
2. Downloaded & unzipped the windows driver from Intel
3. Installed the bcmlw5.inf file using the ndiswrapper gui.
4. After no wireless extensions appeared under iwconfig or in the System/Administration/Networking gui, I tried
5. $sudo depmod -a, and then
6. $sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

but iwconfig still reports:
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
sit0 no wireless extensions.

and no 'wlan0' exists in under the 'Networking' window...

After messing around with things a bit more (including uninstalling ndiswrapper, and using a more recent version compiled from source, to no avail), now
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
yields
FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
huh?
Did I miss something obvious? Seems like other folks are having problems with the wireless card on this machine as well, has anyone successfully gotten it to work?
thanks
 
Old 06-08-2006, 09:07 PM   #2
Caeda
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Umm... mrp?

This laptop is using an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g card...
That card is natively supported by linux. Why are you using ndiswrapper?

From what I see on google everyone who installs Suse 10.0 or 10.1 on this laptop just enters in their wireless info and is online.
 
Old 06-09-2006, 02:36 PM   #3
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I have also ordered this laptop. The UPS truck should be here soon (I can't wait). After reading some other treads, I found this link. Hope it helps.

http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scri...9&submit=Go%21
 
Old 06-09-2006, 05:33 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Caeda
Umm... mrp?

This laptop is using an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g card...
That card is natively supported by linux. Why are you using ndiswrapper?

From what I see on google everyone who installs Suse 10.0 or 10.1 on this laptop just enters in their wireless info and is online.
I just got one of these laptops, and mine came with the Dell 1390 wireless. I think the Intel is an upgrade. I am also having issues getting my Kubuntu install to see the wireless nic, and would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks...
 
Old 06-20-2006, 09:24 AM   #5
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Pretty sure it's the dell's 1390 wireless with a Broadcom chipset (some of the fancier models come with a better version, but not my cheap one).
Interestingly, after mucking around a bit (and installing the kernel headers for the right kernel), ifconfig and iwconfig now find wlan0, but I can never see any wireless networks. That is, opening System->Administration->Networking, clicking on wlan0 and then looking for available networks always returns a blank list. Any other thoughts?
thanks...
 
  


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