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Old 05-20-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron B130 Wireless Problem

Hi, been a while since I posted on these forums but I have always found them to be very helpful so here it goes. I recently installed Ubuntu Feisty on my girlfriends Dell Inspiron B130 and I cannot get the wireless internet working and im not sure how to go about doing so. Any useful comments/links would be very appreciated. I am a fairly competent linux user but I have never used linux and wireless so its a bit of a mystery to me. Thank you.

I used this link
to get it up and running but the connection is shotty and goes out any tips, Thanks.

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Old 05-21-2007, 03:41 PM   #2
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well you can always try ndiswrapper
I've not tried it on Ubuntu but I know it works fine on OpenSuse 10.1
Old 05-21-2007, 07:33 PM   #3
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In looking around at some of the other Ubuntu-related sites, there are many comments about Feisty not being the best with wifi. Edgy seems to actually be better.

I run Kubuntu 6.06 (Dapper) LTS. I got my Broadcom 4318-based Buffalo wifi cardbus adaptor running well using the ndiswrapper from my Dapper CD and the Win2K driver from the CD that came with the card. It did take a fair amount of console work (i.e., blacklisting the kernel bcm43xx driver, copying the Win2K driver, a couple of ndiswrapper commands, rebooting). Then I used kwlan to set up WPA between the card and my router.

It's quite stable and just works. But please bear in mind that I don't run Feisty. Canonical committed to three years of support for Dapper, and I'm gonna take them at their word. Ubuntu is a good distro, with great community support, but I look at the releases after Dapper as R&D efforts - at least until the next LTS release. Still good stuff, but with the possibilities of problems.


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