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    Wireless doesn't work on Dell Inspirion Mini!

    Help! I have had Ubuntu 10.10 for a month and my wireless drivers stopped working suddenly. I had to install a proprietary driver to get it to work the first time, and I am using Ethernet to connect. Also, is it sudo lshw-C? Please Help!!!

    I fixed it! I entered the commands
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install bcmwl-kernel-source
    and it worked. The driver worked
    Last edited by MacintoshLover; November 28th, 2010 at 01:55 AM. Reason: fixed

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    Re: Wireless doesn't work on Dell Inspirion Mini!

    Okay, this will do it:

    Code:
    sudo lshw -c lan
    Let us know if you need anything else.
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    Re: Wireless doesn't work on Dell Inspirion Mini!

    Results of sudo lshw -c lan :

    Code:
    *-network               
           description: Network controller
           product: BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
           version: 01
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
           resources: irq:17 memory:f0100000-f0103fff
      *-network
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 02
           serial: 00:24:e8:f1:50:69
           size: 10MB/s
           capacity: 100MB/s
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10MB/s
           resources: irq:43 ioport:2000(size=256) memory:f0510000-f0510fff memory:f0500000-f050ffff memory:f0520000-f053ffff
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 2
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 90:4c:e5:43:f0:13
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43 driverversion=2.6.35-23-generic firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    Please Help!!!
    PS thanks fjguade!

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    Re: Wireless doesn't work on Dell Inspirion Mini!

    I'd suggest trying the wl driver (STA).
    I originally thought that the proprietary driver worked better, but it was very unreliable.

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