LinuxQuestions.org
Go Job Hunting at the LQ Job Marketplace
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 11-14-2008, 08:37 AM   #1
tito_drum
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Wireless network doesn't work ubuntu dell latitude d610


Hi,
Second time i decided to change my life style. I think every body who depend on the computer have a really good reason to choose linux. Well the thing i have a laptop dell latitude d610 and i installed ubuntu 8.1 but i cant connect to the wi fi internet connection i have, and i don't really know how this work's do i have to install the drivers like window too or it's different?

can somebody help me?

So far it's the only thing i'm missing.

Anyway thanks to every body who work for linux. I have installed in a virtual disc in a macbook pro and it's really nice. Im just hating windows more every day...

Thanks
 
Old 11-14-2008, 08:53 AM   #2
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728Reputation: 728
Welcome to LQ!!

Open a terminal and enter "sudo ifconfig -a". We're looking for two devices named eth0, wlan0,or maybe eth1 . A typical system would have the wired connection (Ethernet) on eth0 and the wireless on wlan0. If you find both devices, then it means the necessary driver is already there. Next, try "iwlist wlan0 scan". (Assuming that wlan0 is the wireless device) This will tell us if you are able to see any access points (including yours).

If the wireless device does NOT show up with ifconfig, then look for it using "dmesg" and "lspci".


(For most--or all--of the commands, you need "sudo" at the beginning.)

Alternatively, have you tried configuring and connecting using the GUI network manager? (eg WICD) What results did you get?
 
Old 11-14-2008, 06:18 PM   #3
glidermike
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Toronto Canada
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 90

Rep: Reputation: 15
Dell and linux

First of all you have to figure out what brand your wireless card is, open a terminal and type lspci this will give a listing of your video/usb/network/wireless cards in the laptop. You may see something like"broadcom " or "intel pro/wireless, copy and paste it here so we can look at it and figure out your wireless card make.
Getting them to work is fairly simple once you know what card you have.Dell is very linux friendly and I have installed Debian on 5 laptops so far and currently own an inspiron 700 and a latitude D820, wireless with both work better under linux than with windows!
With the newer kernels a lot of the drivers are already there you just have to download and install the firmware.
 
Old 11-14-2008, 07:48 PM   #4
lakedude
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Distribution: Puppy, Sabayon
Posts: 141

Rep: Reputation: 16
One of the reasons I use Sabayon and Puppy is that they both work great with my hardware, including wireless cards. Of course someone smart could get Ubuntu to work but I'm lazy and don't see a need to struggle with Ubuntu when Sabayon and Puppy work perfectly out of the box (with my particular hardware).

My advice is to try other distros. If you like Ubuntu, try Kubuntu which is Ubuntu with a KDE desktop instead of Gnome. KDE has a nice wireless manager that is easy to use.
 
Old 11-14-2008, 10:30 PM   #5
tito_drum
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 6

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by glidermike View Post
First of all you have to figure out what brand your wireless card is, open a terminal and type lspci this will give a listing of your video/usb/network/wireless cards in the laptop. You may see something like"broadcom " or "intel pro/wireless, copy and paste it here so we can look at it and figure out your wireless card make.
Getting them to work is fairly simple once you know what card you have.Dell is very linux friendly and I have installed Debian on 5 laptops so far and currently own an inspiron 700 and a latitude D820, wireless with both work better under linux than with windows!
With the newer kernels a lot of the drivers are already there you just have to download and install the firmware.
from sudo lspci i got this

ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (REV 01)

Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [Airforce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless Lan controller (rev 02)
 
Old 11-14-2008, 10:43 PM   #6
lakedude
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2005
Distribution: Puppy, Sabayon
Posts: 141

Rep: Reputation: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by tito_drum View Post
Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [Airforce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless Lan controller (rev 02)
The Broadcom 4300 series is the same type Ive got. Never did get it working with Ubuntu but admittedly didn't try very hard since it works fine with Sabayon.

It will be interesting to see what it takes to get it running.
 
Old 11-15-2008, 04:05 AM   #7
JosipBroz
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2008
Location: Ljubljana
Distribution: OpenSuSE
Posts: 56

Rep: Reputation: 18
Just google for fwcutter. On their main site you'll find listed all the Broadcom cards their driver works with. If and only if your card is not among the ones listed, you will have to use ndiswrapper. Neither is particularly hard to install, and there are helpful posts for both on the Internet.
 
Old 11-15-2008, 08:11 AM   #8
glidermike
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Toronto Canada
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 90

Rep: Reputation: 15
Dell and linux

The good news is that you wireless card is supported and the drivers are included in the Debian kernel you now need to install the firmware! Go to your package manager (synaptic) and download/install bcm43xx-fwcutter .
When it asks you if you want to install firmware say yes! You should also have your kernel headers installed too.(if not do it first).When it's done
go to System > Administration > Network find your card, set up your properties for your network and it should all work!
 
  


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
Redhat 9 installation on Dell Latitude D610 wreyes Linux - Laptop and Netbook 1 04-25-2007 09:08 AM
Redhat 9 installation on Dell Latitude D610 wreyes Linux - Networking 1 04-25-2007 09:01 AM
netinstall Dell Latitude D610 can't mount CD-ROM Oxyacetylene Debian 9 02-09-2006 01:51 PM
Help with sound on Dell Latitude D610, works with Knoppix 4.0 CD. carmeli Red Hat 0 02-03-2006 04:53 PM
SUSE 9.1 on Dell Latitude D610, network card issue gooroo363 Linux - Networking 5 01-06-2006 01:36 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:15 PM.

Main Menu
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
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration