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Old 03-25-2006, 05:35 AM   #1
richb01
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Unable To Find Wireless Card on Dell Latitude 810


Hi!

I'm trying to fun my new Knoppix 4.02 live CD, but when I try to configure the wireless card, I get an error saying that a wireless device cannot be found.

My Latitude 810 has a "Dell Wireless 1370 WLAN mini-PCI" card.

Any ideas?

Thanks!
Rich
 
Old 03-26-2006, 04:19 PM   #2
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Rich,

I am having the same problem with my 1350 Card, I came across this on a google search, a product called Linuxant has a program that is to fix this issue.. I went to their site, but can't fully understand (being new to Linux) what I need to do.. If you can, could you explain it to me?

Thanks..
 
Old 03-26-2006, 07:54 PM   #3
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http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/m....php/Main_Page

http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/

Complete instructions for both alternative drivers are on the links above.
 
Old 03-26-2006, 08:45 PM   #4
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2Gnu,

See, this is where I get myself in trouble.. I read those pages and have no understanding what they are talking about. Like what is a "recent kernel"?

Is there a down to earth book, and I mean really down to earth for those who once they get it, are ok, but have a time "getting it"?

As I am really tired of paying Gates for his half-baked programs that do nothing but need fixed and then have some of those same fixes, crash my computers..

Thanks for your time and understanding..
 
Old 03-26-2006, 11:00 PM   #5
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Where to start?

There's some good stuff here:
http://mirrors.kernel.org/LDP/HOWTO/Installation-HOWTO/

This site's FAQs are also a good source of info.

My suggestion would be to either start with a distro that includes ndiswrapper (an Open Source program that allows the Windows driver for Broadcom wireless cards to be used under Linux ... Linuxant is a commercial program that works similarly) or install one with a good package management system. Ubuntu, Fedora, or try a live CD like Knoppix which has excellent hardware detection.

Check for a Linux users group (LUG) in your area. Most are happy to help new folks get installed & running and they often hold install-fests for that express purpose. Find an IRC channel for your distro to lurk & learn.

Read a lot & be patient but persistent; you'll get there.
 
Old 03-27-2006, 11:19 AM   #6
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2Gnu,

Thank you again. I am going to d/l Ubuntu first and see how it goes...
 
  


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