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Old 12-01-2006, 05:43 PM   #1
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Dell D510 wireless adapter issues

Hey folks,

I know this kind of stuff has been beat to death... I've been messing with this thing for a few days now and I'm ready to biff it out my car window on the highway...

So I have a Dell D150 Dual Booted with a workstation edition of WinXP Pro (NTLDR not Grub) and Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.

The wireless adapter will not activate in Ubuntu, it does find A wireless adapter and names it eth1 :S... So I have tryied at least 5 or 6 different ways to set this up with ndiswrapper and no matter WHAT the wireless card will not turn on...

I can get the driver to install and report back fine but it still shows the old one in the network config list.

The CLOSEST I came to success so far came from
... but at step 3 when typing:
for conffile in /etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5/*.conf; do
sudo cat $conffile | sed -e 's/RadioState|1/RadioState|0/' > $conffile
I get a whole bunch of "permission denied" on all the files it trys to write to.... Changing the permissions on the folders and files did nothing and I cant "sudo" that command...
^^^ Can I edit these files myself? I just don't know what it's trying to add to these config files...


I'm still new at linux even though I've used it for 4 years now. I've never had to config a wireless card before... THANKS!!!

Last edited by [CBLA]Green; 12-01-2006 at 05:45 PM.
Old 12-02-2006, 09:59 AM   #2
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Check the permissions on /etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5/*.conf. You may need a sudo in front of the for . . .

In any case, all you're doing is changing the "1" to "0" in the "RadioState" setting, which you can do by hand using your favorite editor (in sudo mode, of course.)


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