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Old 08-07-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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Broadcom Corp. Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-PCI Card


I'm trying to get my ASUS WL-500g Premium wireless router to play with my Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop. I'm using the Debian Etch Install CD and I'm getting to the "Configure the network" part. I get a list from which I can select my desired network card (I have 3 available, one wired, one wireless, and one FireWire IEEE 1394). The wireless one has the following description: Broadcom Corporation Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-PCI Card. However, I can't get it to find any wireless networks. How do diagnose the problem? What could be wrong? Windows Vista has no problem picking up the network.
 
Old 08-07-2007, 04:55 PM   #2
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I read this guide:
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=7949

...and this one:
http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/w...ess_Networking

but in all honesty I haven't gotten it to work yet. If I don't have some luck soon I suppose I'll try ndiswrapper. I have posted on this forum, below is the link:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=575346

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Old 08-08-2007, 04:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for the links, they definitely helped. I got it working. Well.. I had to plug in a cable and do a wired-install (I'm using one of those minimalistic install CDs). After the system was up, I upgraded to SID, had to install the bcm43xx-fwcutter package (which seems to be broken because it points wget to an unexisting web resource), edit /etc/network/interfaces so that I'd leave only by wireless card in there, rebooted. Works fine, I'll have to set up encryption some time soon.
 
Old 08-19-2007, 05:19 PM   #4
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Hi!

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Thanks for the links, they definitely helped. I got it working. ....
I'm happy to see it works for you! Especially because my Inspiron has the same wifi card. Can you tell me more about your configuration?
Did you use ndiswrapper or there is some native linux driver?

Thanks!
 
Old 09-02-2007, 02:55 PM   #5
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borrow or nothing

ndiswrapper is the only option i've found for the 1390 wireless cards
 
Old 09-03-2007, 01:27 AM   #6
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in fact i got my card to work using module bcm43xx with firmware from
Dell's site. Use bcm43xx-fwcutter to extract firmware from drivers designed for XP or Vista.
Need details?
 
Old 09-04-2007, 06:08 AM   #7
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Not to but in, but what kernel are you using? I'd like as many details as you can supply.
 
Old 09-07-2007, 05:29 PM   #8
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I read this guide:
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=7949

...and this one:
http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/w...ess_Networking

but in all honesty I haven't gotten it to work yet. If I don't have some luck soon I suppose I'll try ndiswrapper. I have posted on this forum, below is the link:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=575346


I recently set up a debian system with a broadcom 4318. I used ndiswrapper. The only part that wasn't straight forward was that I had to download and recompile ndiswrapper. It MUST be compiled agains the kernel it will be running under. If you have any problems getting ndiswrapper to work for you, give that a try.
 
  


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