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Old 02-12-2010, 09:43 PM   #1
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Dell laptop wifi will not work

I just loaded Ubuntu 9.1 onto a Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop. This laptop has a built in Wifi Card. I have read that others have been able to get this laptop wifi card working in linux but I am not having any luck. I loaded the correct driver using ndiswrapper and my lshw shows:
description: Network controller
product: BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 3
bus info: pci@0000:02:03.0
version: 02
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=64
resources: irq:19 memory:dfdfe000-dfdfffff
description: Ethernet interface
product: 82562ET/EZ/GT/GZ - PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller Mobile
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 8
bus info: pci@0000:02:08.0
logical name: eth0
version: 03
serial: 00:12:3f:17:40:7b
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.24-k2-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=64 maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 multicast=yes
resources: irq:20 memory:dfdfd000-dfdfdfff ioport:df40(size=64)
My iwconfig shows:
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

One odd thing that I noticed is that it appears that the wireless driver is b43-pci-bridge but the real driver's name is bcmwl5.inf I reinstalled the correct driver in ndiswrapper and did a restart but the lshw shows the same info.

Any help is appreciated. I have been wrestling with this for a few days.
Old 02-12-2010, 10:38 PM   #2
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You don't need ndiswrapper. Linux has a native driver, called b43, which is included. What you need is some non-free firmware. If you have a wired connection, do
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
But remove ndiswrapper, or blacklist the module from loading, or it may conflict with the native driver.
Old 02-12-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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Oh, and FWIW, I have the same card on a laptop and Fedora 12 worked out of the box when I tested it, using the new open source firmware.


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