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Old 11-18-2008, 01:25 PM   #1
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Unhappy Setting up Linux (Ubuntu) to work with Dell Truemobile 1300 USB Wireless Adaptor


I've tried asking this question a few times over at the Ubuntu Forums but they've been no help at all, so i've decided to try here.

Basically recently i downloaded Linux (Ubuntu) onto my Dell computer (By dual booting) planning to upgrade it to ubuntu studio.

Problem is i had no internet, as my Dell Truemobile 1300 USB Wirless adaptor is not configured

After lots and lots of searching and reading through threads and guides from other sources i still have not found anything even remotely helpful.

This has all been very very irritating and i'm starting to lose my faith in Linux, even though everything that has worked has been brilliant.

The closest thing i've got to is that i think that it's got to do with something that the drivers (possbily) is not the right one.

I downloaded NDISWRAPPER and so on, but this didn't work, even after i found a driver which was listed on the wiki, (it said BCM43xx, which for mine i think was BCM4306, but i couldn't find this driver so i attempted to use BCMWL5 which i'd read was the update) but this didn't work either.

I think it's mostly do with the driver not the right one meaning the USB wirless adaptor doesn't work... but i can't find anymore information from there onwards on what to do.

Here is some of the information from commands i was told to give on the Ubuntu Forums:


james@james-desktop:~$ lsusb

Bus 004 Device 006: ID 13fe:1f00 Kingston Technology Company Inc. 

Bus 004 Device 005: ID 1058:1001 Western Digital Technologies, Inc. External Hard Disk

Bus 004 Device 004: ID 413c:8102 Dell Computer Corp. 

Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  

Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 046d:c016 Logitech, Inc. M-UV69a Optical Wheel Mouse

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:0920 Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Express

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  


james@james-desktop:~$ iwconfig

lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.
Also the command: ndiswrapper -l
Said the drivers above (BCMwl5 and BCMwl5a) was installed, but didn't say anything about a device anywhere.

Basically these are my questions:
1. Is the wrong driver the most likely/right problem?
2. If yes could someone please head me in the right direction to sort this?
3. If not what could be the problem?

PLEASE help... i'm getting very frustrated, and was quite annoyed that no-one on the ubuntu forum was helping

Thanks for the help in advance!

Last edited by IBUA; 11-18-2008 at 01:27 PM.
Old 11-19-2008, 10:57 PM   #2
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I won't comment upon the tone of your post as I can sense the frustration building up within you. The lastest Ubuntu (Intrepid) has an application called Hardware drivers you can find it under System--> Administration. Its purpose is to simplify installing drivers for hardware not setup by default. Try using that app, if your hardware is successfully identified, it will automatically download and install the required driver to make the hardware function. Let me know how you get on.

There's also a list of WiFi devices known to work on Ubuntu either out of the box or by using ndiswrapper or using b43-fwcutter here: It may be simpler to purchase one of these models instead.

Last edited by {BBI}Nexus{BBI}; 11-19-2008 at 11:10 PM. Reason: Additional info added
Old 04-03-2009, 10:38 PM   #3
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That worked like a charm!


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