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Old 05-13-2011, 05:37 PM   #1
josepharari
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How can i install a driver on my dell 1545? (wi-fi)


I'm an experienced user in Windows but a complete novice in Linux. I have a dual boot with ubuntu and 7 ultimate, the thing is that Ubuntu doesn't recognize my wi-fi card.

Windows Device Manager tells me that my card is "Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Minicard" made by Broadcom. I dont know if my problem is with a driver or incompatible hardware, the ISO is perfect because i already installed linux on every computer in my house.

PLEASE made-for-novice answers, i tried google and every answer went over my head. I dont know how to use terminal outside of sudo apt-get install. Thanks!
 
Old 05-13-2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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I have the same

I have a Dell 1548 with the same wi-fi card.
I don't know if you have tried it, go to System<Administration<Hardware Drivers and activate the driver for wi-fi. I know, it's not a open source driver and that.
If you do not have Gnome 2.X, just put this in terminal

Code:
sudo aptitude install bcmwl-kernel-source
Hope it works! (it worked for mine)
 
Old 05-13-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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I have a Dell 1548 with the same wi-fi card.
I don't know if you have tried it, go to System<Administration<Hardware Drivers and activate the driver for wi-fi.
Tried it, i get this http://i55.tinypic.com/25rgn5e.jpg.

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If you do not have Gnome 2.X
dont know, i have ubuntu 11.4

And i put what you said on terminal, and i get this error: http://i51.tinypic.com/21doin4.jpg

And this is what it shows when i want to connect: http://i55.tinypic.com/5jxrp2.jpg

Sorry about the pictures but with each answer i have to reboot my computer.

HELP!
 
Old 05-13-2011, 10:08 PM   #4
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You need to be connected for aptitude to download drivers (or anything else). If the wireless isn't working, you need to be using a wired connection.
 
Old 05-14-2011, 08:34 AM   #5
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As frankbell said, you need to be connected to download the packages. Use a wired connection for it.
Sorry for the aptitude command (I'm used to it) once you have internet type this into terminal:
Here I corrected the terminal commands:
Code:
sudo apt-get update && apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
 
Old 05-16-2011, 06:05 AM   #6
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I used a wired connection to use those commands, and this is what happens:

Quote:
(It updates all the sources, too long to post here)

Reading package lists... Done
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?
Quote:
joseph@ubuntu:~$ sudo aptitude install bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo: aptitude: command not found

EDIT:
ok i tried
Code:
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
and terminal started downloading and installing something, it finished and i still get the (firmware missing) sign next to wireless networks. Is there any other code for terminal or did i do something wrong?

Last edited by josepharari; 05-16-2011 at 06:12 AM.
 
Old 05-16-2011, 06:20 AM   #7
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Ok i solved it. I pressed fn+f2 for 15 seconds and the "Install additional drivers" logo suddenly appeared in the upper bar, i clicked on it and voila!

Thanks guys.
 
  


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