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    Dell Inspiron 1501

    I am deleting vista from this laptop for a friend but under lubuntu and xubuntu 13.10 32bit. I can't get ethernet or wireless to connect. I need a solution fast so I can finish setup and since I can't connect I can't install anything except by transferring it from a usb to the laptop thanks

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 1501

    More details please on the chipset of the wireless adapter with the output of
    Code:
    sudo lshw -c network
    which will help us help you.
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    Re: Dell Inspiron 1501

    I spent all day and am really disappointed as I wanted them on linux not crappy vista but finally gave up on getting any internet and reinstalled vista. Not a very good result for ubuntu as I am fairly experienced but had to cut my losses. I thought Ethernet would be a no brainer and was willing to work and tweak for wireless but with nothing it was too hard. After I bragged about how good ubuntu is. And both lubuntu and xubuntu booted fast (it has 2GB ram) but no beginner could ever get this working.

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 1501

    Hi, if you are feeling ambitious, try this...more than
    likely you answered YES to additional drivers. Dont do
    that this time. That loads the wl driver,probably not the one
    you want....so..please do..Reload OS...then..
    just in case..
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge bcmwl-kernel-source
    you "should" now have a wired connection...*If yes then BOOT
    and do from the wired connection connected to the internet..
    Code:
    sudo apt-get upates
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree
    sudo modprobe b43
    ..BOOT
    hopefully you have both wired and wireless now.
    yes??
    Craving anchovy, herring and squid pizza.....with clam sauce

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    Re: Dell Inspiron 1501

    Thanks if it was my machine I would do but these people are beginners and could never cope with doing that in future so I put rotten vista back on. Linux should do kernel fixes for these issues rather than the endless screwing with the looks.One future linux ubuntu user gone.

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