LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 09-19-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
Grinton
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2008
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Inspiron 600m Drivers Issues


I have just scrapped Windows XP from my Dell Inspiron 600m and have installed Fedora 8. Unfortunately, Fedora does not seem to recognize the wireless card or the modem to be able to connect to the internet. I believe this is because in removing Windows, I also would have removed the drivers as the BIOS reverted to an older version. I downloaded the Drivers for all the hardware from the Dell Support site and transferred it, but Fedora doesn't seem to want to run the drivers. Can anybody please explain to me what is going on?

Thank you.
 
Old 09-19-2008, 05:13 PM   #2
Hangdog42
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Maryland
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 7,803
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 416Reputation: 416Reputation: 416Reputation: 416Reputation: 416
Welcome to LQ!
Quote:

I believe this is because in removing Windows, I also would have removed the drivers as the BIOS reverted to an older version.
Removing Windows certainly would have removed the Windows drivers, but the BIOS should be exactly as it was. Nothing about any Linux install I'm aware of would touch the BIOS.

Quote:
I downloaded the Drivers for all the hardware from the Dell Support site and transferred it, but Fedora doesn't seem to want to run the drivers. Can anybody please explain to me what is going on?
The only drivers you're likely to find on the Dell site are Windows drivers and those don't work under Linux. Linux is a completely different OS with its own drivers.

Now, given that Dell has a strong penchant for Broadcom wireless cards, I suspect that's what you've got and that would also be the reason it doesn't work. However, to be sure, we need you to open a console and run the lspci command. That will list the hardware on your PCI bus and it will likely identify the wireless card you've got. If you don't understand what you're seeing, copy the output and post it here for us to look at.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
resolution on inspiron 600m wont go above 1024x768 3rdtreenz Linux - Laptop and Netbook 4 04-05-2007 03:46 PM
dell inspiron 600m keyboard failure redjokerx General 0 01-02-2005 02:36 AM
Taking apart an inspiron 600m redjokerx General 6 12-31-2004 10:15 PM
Screen poweroff on Inspiron 600m redjokerx Linux - Hardware 2 12-30-2004 06:45 PM
Dell Inspiron 600m Wireless CBurt Linux - Laptop and Netbook 3 09-30-2004 07:32 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:42 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration