January 10, 2012

Issue with Dell Laptop Wireless

Hi, I am trying out several Linux distros on my Dell Latitude E5510 laptop these days via Live USB, but none of the distros are unable to connect to the Internet through Wireless. All the distros correctly recognise my wireless router but I need a wired connection in order to browse the Net. This is keeping me from ditching Windows to Linux. Any help would be appreciated. I have tried Fedora 16, Ubuntu 11, Kubuntu 11 and Knoppix. All have the same issue.

To answer your question we will need more information. It sounds like the...

To answer your question we will need more information. It sounds like the driver for your wired connection is not in the linux kernel, so we will need to know what wired card is in use. I highly recommend moving this discussion to the forum so we can guide you through the detect and possibly configuration steps.

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Try going to this ubuntu forum...

Try going to this ubuntu forum
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessTroubleShootingGuide
I had the same problem with Dell laptop. I still have to manually start the wireless driver with the terminal. Only takes a sec but it works.

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Try Linux Mint. That's what I did when I hit this problem 18 months ago. I...

Try Linux Mint. That's what I did when I hit this problem 18 months ago. I started with Mint 7 and am now running Mint 12 on my Dell Inspiron. No wireless problems

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You should to be sure your wireless is turned on first, you can check this in...

You should to be sure your wireless is turned on first, you can check this in setup(i think is F2) at login screen, otherwise some dell laptops need the firmware downloaded to use with linus wireless, go to linux forums for help.

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Dell usually uses Broadcom based wireless chipsets in its laptops. The driver...

Dell usually uses Broadcom based wireless chipsets in its laptops. The driver can likely be found here: http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

You may have to build the driver from the files provided by Broadcom using the instructions provided and install it. Alternatively, ndiswrapper could possibly be used as well - using the MS Windows XP driver for the wiresless card.

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http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1763542 heres the answer that...

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1763542 heres the answer that worked for me

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...i aint nobody but a noobie but have had same/similar probs -- Linux Mint...

...i aint nobody but a noobie but have had same/similar probs -- Linux Mint 11 (not 12) 32 or 64 bit works GREAT (love MINT11) on old gateway mp8708 winxp and newer dell n5010 i5. best luck when "create new wireless network" used to set up (sometimes had to set up more than one time before it stuck, but...).

best to you!

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What is the output of ifconfig -a, lsmod, and lspci....

What is the output of ifconfig -a, lsmod, and lspci....

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I just installed ubuntu 11.10 on a dell inspiron 1501 with a dell 1390...

I just installed ubuntu 11.10 on a dell inspiron 1501 with a dell 1390 broadcom internal wireless card. Had lots of problems.

I finally found this:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx

Worked miracles.

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