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elnuk
April 9th, 2009, 04:33 PM
hello all. i just installed ubuntu on dell vostro 1500.i have wireless(wl) enabled but can't find any wireless networks.pls do i need to install anything to make wireless work.i really need the wireless but i am completely new to ubuntu so keep responses simple please.thanks

michael37
April 9th, 2009, 05:02 PM
hello all. i just installed ubuntu on dell vostro 1500.i have wireless(wl) enabled but can't find any wireless networks.pls do i need to install anything to make wireless work.i really need the wireless but i am completely new to ubuntu so keep responses simple please.thanks

First, how do you know that your wireless is enabled?

A common problem on Dell laptops is Fn-F2 which disables wireless in hardware unseen to Ubuntu -- it will looks like the wireless driver works but you can't see wireless networks.

A few other ideas:
Check in System/Administration/Hardware Drivers and see if you need to enable any drivers related to your wireless

If you have any other OS on this computer, boot into it and verify that you can see wireless networks there.

superprash2003
April 9th, 2009, 05:18 PM
also post output of iwlist scanning from the terminal

elnuk
April 9th, 2009, 05:58 PM
hey superman,i typed iwlist scanning on the terminal. my result is

lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 No scan results

dont understand much of this but i hope it helps u to help me. checking out ur tutorial now.thanks

elnuk
April 9th, 2009, 06:00 PM
i typed iwlist scanning on the terminal. my result is

lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.




i also typed iwlist and got

Usage: iwlist [interface] scanning [essid NNN] [last]
[interface] frequency
[interface] channel
[interface] bitrate
[interface] rate
[interface] encryption
[interface] keys
[interface] power
[interface] txpower
[interface] retry
[interface] ap
[interface] accesspoints
[interface] peers
[interface] event
[interface] auth
[interface] wpakeys
[interface] genie
[interface] modulation


dont understand much of this but i hope it helps u to help me. checking out ur tutorial now.thanks

elnuk
April 9th, 2009, 07:01 PM
i typed iwlist scanning on the terminal. my result is

lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.




i also typed iwlist and got

Usage: iwlist [interface] scanning [essid NNN] [last]
[interface] frequency
[interface] channel
[interface] bitrate
[interface] rate
[interface] encryption
[interface] keys
[interface] power
[interface] txpower
[interface] retry
[interface] ap
[interface] accesspoints
[interface] peers
[interface] event
[interface] auth
[interface] wpakeys
[interface] genie
[interface] modulation


dont understand much of this but i hope it helps u to help me. checking out ur tutorial now.thanks

superprash2003
April 10th, 2009, 05:00 PM
have you tried the hardware drivers part as mentioned by the other poster?? if that doesnt work .. try this https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Feisty