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Thread: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    Does anyone know that if the WIFI that is built into a dell inspiron laptop will work with ubuntu without having to search for drivers?

    I know dell and ubuntu are good together but i am unsure about this.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    What is the wireless card on the computer?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2006

    Re: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    I used Dell Latitude D630, and the type of the wireless card is Broadcom BCM4310.
    I installed Ubuntu 804, and after I installed the ndiswrapper package , the wireless card works fine

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    What model computer and wireless card?

    I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 with a broadcom driver I needed to google search for. I was running Ubuntu 7.10 and had to tweak ndiswrapper to get it working properly. I had an issue where I had to manually turn it on after booting up, but it worked fine.

    I now have a Inspiron 1420n with Ubuntu 8.04 (hardy) and wireless works out of the box. It takes some time after hibernation but a clean boot works as expected.

    Good luck.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Cincinnati, OH

    Re: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    Dell's generally come w/ either a Intel or Broadcom based wireless chipsets. Intel is very well supported, while Broadcom is kinda iffy. The Intel chipsets should have restricted drivers, some can even use generic drivers. With Broadcom you will more than likely need to use ndiswrapper in order to get it working using windows drivers.

    My Inspiron 1420n has the Intel 3945 wireless and worked out of the box. Please provide us w/ more details in order to find out if your Dell's wireless will work or need some work in order to surf wirelessly. (ie. Model and/or wireless chipset) =]
    Quote Originally Posted by *snip*
    I love it when people stop trying to help me and I just uninstall ubuntu because of it . . .

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006

    Re: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    I have an Inspiron with Broadcom wireless and can confirm that the wireless works with 8.04

    I've used ndiswrapper... also note that the order that the ssb and ndiswrapper modules are loaded had to be reversed.

    The following worked for me and is copied from another forum post somewhere...

    1) Create a file /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper

    2) Paste in it this text:

    #! /bin/sh

    rmmod b44
    rmmod b43
    rmmod b43legacy
    rmmod ssb
    rmmod ndiswrapper
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    modprobe b44

    ############# end file ############

    3) Set file access permissions:

    sudo chmod 755 /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper

    4) Check if permissions are ok. Type:

    ls -l /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper

    -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4388 2008-02-03 14:57 /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper

    4) Create a symbolic link call S99ndiswrapper in the folder /etc/rc2.d, from /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper:

    sudo ln -s /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper /etc/rc2.d/S99ndiswrapper

    5) Reboot

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    Inspiron e1505n here with Intel 3945 and works out of the box.
    Last edited by caro; May 8th, 2008 at 03:20 AM. Reason: typo

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Re: Built in WIFI & Ubuntu

    WiFi works fine out of the box on the M1330n.


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