I posted this problem on someone else's thread and was told it would help if I posted a new thread of my own.
My tale of woe is this: I installed Mint 15 MATE on my Inspiron 1720. The install was eventually successful. Unfortunately, Mint could not recognize my Linksys router. It was suggested I write the following commands in Terminal and post the output here. Sooo...
ellen@ellen-Inspiron-1720 ~ $ lsb_release --all
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: LinuxMint
Description: Linux Mint 15 Olivia
ellen@ellen-Inspiron-1720 ~ $
ellen@ellen-Inspiron-1720 ~ $ lspci | grep -iE 'network|wireless'
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
Right now I can get to the internet with the ethernet cable, but so far no sign of the wireless. I am extremely new to Linux and know maybe three commands. Several people have tried to help, but all I can do is input exactly what they suggest. If the fix doesn't work, I have no idea what might have gone wrong.
I appreciate any help anyone can give me.