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Old 10-21-2006, 10:13 PM   #1
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Dell Latitude d600 wifi set up, PLEASE HELP a NEWBIE!!

Hello all,
Please help...
I have a Latitude D600, I have Red Hat installed and neew help setting up my wifi.

Here is what I know, I need to use ndiswrapper which I have downloaded and I think installed??

I have extracted the driver from dell's site bcmw15a.inf and bcmw15.sys I think the file names were.

Now i am stuck, I can't seem to find the commands to put the drivers and ndiswrapper together and get wifi working.

Please maybe start with the commands from the get go.

Thank you in advance for assistance.

Old 10-21-2006, 11:16 PM   #2
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Hi abovenbeyond,

I don't have any specific advice for you cuz I haven't been able to solve this issue myself. However, I did a quick google on the terms: 'dell bcmw15a.inf linux'. The first link seemed very promising.

If you can't resolve this issue, perhaps someone more knowledgeable will chirp/chime in. BTW, I still haven't been able to get wireless working on my gateway vtx400 laptop with a 54g pcmcia. I run Fedora Core 5 as a vmware guest on my xp host! Oh, well, it works

Old 10-21-2006, 11:35 PM   #3
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Here is a detailed description of how to do this with fedora core 5. Since it is free and the most recent red hat/fedora offering (should be pretty stable, fc 6 is set to come out soon), why don't you pursue this avenue for a less muss and fuss solution?

Hope this helps.

Here is another detailed help page

If you wish to keep using Red Hat, here is a page describing a commercial product with free 30 day trial which allows you to use the windows binary driver in linux (supposedly ndiswrapper works just fine also, but there is no step-by-step description of commands).

Here are step-by-step instructions for ubuntu (note, according to this site, the D600 has two variants in its wireless card, and one of them is automatically supported by ubuntu).

Here are step-by-step instructions for both Debian Sarge and Red Hat 9 (note, this seems very detailed and comes at it from several angles, including customized Red Hat 9 kernels which may solve your problem)

This page indicates that Dell's published driver DOES NOT WORK, and that you should instead use Intel's driver:

This page is a forum back-and-forth for Mepis, describing the commands to be used in configuring ndiswrapper. At one point, a poster mentions that it should work automatically with Mepis now:

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