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Old 09-07-2007, 09:32 AM   #1
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Dell Inspiron 1521 sound and wifi


Has anyone been able to get sound and wifi working on this laptop? If so, how?
 
Old 09-08-2007, 03:12 AM   #2
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What wifi card do you have on your laptop?

If it is an intel card, have you tried installing the ipw**** (**** - card model)? I only had dell laptops so far:
- a Latitude 110L with Broadcom wifi card - generated the kernel module using ndiswrapper
- a Latitude D820 with Intel 3945 - I use ipw3945 modules.

In both cases I use wpa_supplicant for WPA/WPA2 based wireless networks.
 
Old 09-09-2007, 02:41 PM   #3
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Yeah I have a broadcom. I tried using ndiswraper, but didnt work. ill just wait for a working kernel module.
 
Old 09-09-2007, 03:41 PM   #4
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For my Latitude 110L - the notebook with the Broadcom wireless chipset - I successfully installed the wifi card after I using both the .inf and .sys files of the windows driver. I'll look into it a bit more and I'll reply when I have more info.
 
Old 09-17-2007, 10:14 PM   #5
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the dell 1505 wireless card works natively with SimplyMepis 6.9.85beta4_64 on my inspiron 1521; though sound is still a problem.
 
Old 10-02-2007, 01:22 PM   #6
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Wireless is working

To get the wireless working I downloaded the file R151519.EXE from Dell.
I ran it on a Windows machine to extract the files. I copied the bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys files to my 1521 and then used ndiswrapper to load the .inf file. The wireless function came up right away though there is a bug that doesn't allow the signal strength to be displayed.

I still haven't been able to get the sound working.
 
Old 10-02-2007, 07:50 PM   #7
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To get sound working download the latest alsa drivers. works for me now
 
Old 10-07-2007, 12:14 AM   #8
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to use the native network drive, use bcm43xx-fwcutter
 
Old 10-07-2007, 12:14 AM   #9
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to use the native network driver, use bcm43xx-fwcutter
 
Old 10-08-2007, 10:03 AM   #10
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Sound is now working

I did finally get my sound working on my Dell 1521 by following these instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HdaIntelSoundHowto.
I am running Kubuntu 7.04 with the 2.6.20-15-generic kernel. After I got the sound working I updated to the 2.6.20-16-generic and it broke my sound again. I suppose I could recompile ALSA but for now I am just going to keep running the older kernel. This Dell sound stuff seems to be very picky and now that I have it working, I don't want to mess with it.
 
  


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