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Old 04-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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How do I set up my wireless network connection on my Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop with


Wireless problem with Dell laptop running Ubuntu 10.10
 
Old 04-28-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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Hi countrydog, Welcome to LQ. Please post the output from the following.

Code:
$ sudo lspci -v | grep -i net
$ sudo lsmod
$ sudo ifconfig -a
Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 04-28-2011, 11:08 PM   #3
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What is the nature of the problem (no connection, dropped connection, no wireless detected, and so on) and what Linux distro are you using? The more you tell us, the easier it us for us to help you.

I'll take a shot out of the blue. It's a Dell, it probably has a Broadcom chip.

Running lspci from a terminal should reveal what kind of wireless card you have. If not, you could try the dmesg command, but it will generate lots more output through which to wade.
 
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:25 PM   #4
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Sorry, but part of my question was deleted from the post for some reason. I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on a Dell Inspiron 1501 with a Broadcom 1490 Dual-Band WLAN which is working fine in WINXP. My main problem is that I have about 5 hours of experience with Linux and almost 30 years with Windows and I am lost without a Control Panel to deal with my hardware interface. Remember that I am old and need to be gently led by the hand into this new world of Linux of which I was unaware until about a week ago. Like what do you mean when you say "Post the output from the following?" I know I need a lot of instruction, although I was involved for 10 years in developing spacecraft computers, all my code development was in machine language. I appreciate any help I receive and I am pursuing whatever instruction I can find on the Web. Thanks
 
Old 04-30-2011, 08:26 PM   #5
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What I mean by "post the output" is to open a terminal or a command line interface (CLI) and issue the commands listed, then post the results or "output" here in the thread for us to decipher.

The lspci command will tell us what wireless chipset you have so we can point you to the correct driver/module.

The lsmod command will tell us what modules/drivers are currently loaded.

The ifconfig command tells us the status of your network interfaces.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 04-30-2011, 09:07 PM   #6
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You likely need the Broadcom drivers.

In the Synaptic Package Manager (or Ubuntu Software Center), enable the repositories for "propietary drivers . . . , restricted." It's at Settings-->Repositories-->Ubuntu Software. My Dell 1545n uses the one called bwmcl-kernel-source for its chip: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
 
  


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