View Full Version : [ubuntu] [Tutorial] Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Card on 8.04 LTS

April 27th, 2008, 01:43 AM
First off, make sure you have a different Internet connection, I recommend using the ethernet cable used on your computer with the router.

Run This In A Terminal:

wget http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R151517.EXE
unzip -a R151517.EXE

Go to add/remove software.Scroll down and apply Windows Wireless Drivers.
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Then run it. Select the bcmwl5.inf and enable it.
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Restart. You should get some notice about a driver, install it. Then it should work.

April 27th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Go to add/remove software.Scroll down and apply Windows Wireless Drivers. Then run it. Select the bcmwl43.inf or whatever it is and enable it, then restart. Then it should work.
Ok i have a dell vostro 1500 with the 1390 wireless card and i followed what you said and installed the "windows wireless driver" and after i open the program i do not see any drivers to select. o you have any suggestions?
Thank you.

April 27th, 2008, 03:19 PM
i need to update some things, give me a few minutes, ima get screenshots too

April 27th, 2008, 05:47 PM
Ok....I am not sure as to why i am stuck on this. When i select the driver it finds the hardware but when i reboot i have no luck getting it to work. If you can help what info do you need.

April 28th, 2008, 12:55 AM
After you do the windows wireless driver thing and restart, the driver thing should pop up and tell you to install it, then u install it and click the network icon and ur wireless network should be there

April 28th, 2008, 05:06 AM
This is what i have. As you can see there is no wifi bars a the top of the screen yet it shows that it see's it
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April 28th, 2008, 08:28 PM
idk it worked for me, what kind of laptop do you have?

April 28th, 2008, 09:32 PM
Just wanted to say that I found out that download is only recommended for users outside of USA and Japan. So that may be why it's not working. I'm downloading the newest version listed on Dells website right now and I will give that a try and see how it goes.

I've consistently had trouble with this 1390 card. I might see about buying a replacement card and swap it out.

Here is the link I am downloading:



April 28th, 2008, 10:50 PM
I will have to try when I get home. I can't get internet access on my laptop while at work. It gets blocked by the security filters when trying to install apps. In the browser windows I can use my network login to get internet access, but when trying to use APT or Add/Remove it doesn't prompt me so therefore it blocks the attempts.

I'll post again later tonight to see how it goes.

April 30th, 2008, 02:38 AM
I have a 1300, do you think this would work with that?

April 30th, 2008, 03:38 PM
I think this one might be better suited for your card. It was the only thing I could find on Dell's website by searching for wireless 1300. And this one is for US users only apparently, in case you live outside of the US.


April 30th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Here is the link I am downloading:



I downloaded this link and installed the correct driver. I restarted, and my Wifi light is still off, and it still doesn't recognize any wireless networks. I have a Dell Vostro 1000.

May 1st, 2008, 06:41 PM
I got the drivers to install, I just don't have any Wifi close enough that I can use to try out. So I'll keep you posted.

May 2nd, 2008, 01:45 AM
Is there anyway I could do this without an Ethernet connection (that doesn't work for me either)? Maybe save the .exe on an ipod?

May 2nd, 2008, 02:48 AM
1500 vostro with 7.10. maybe work? (inside usa)

August 13th, 2009, 08:41 AM
Confirm this worked flawlessly for me using a Dell Inspiron 1000 with a fresh installed Ubuntu using the Dell 1350 WLAN (MODEL:WL-611GD) thanks a bunch!

October 14th, 2009, 02:58 PM

I've got a problem with that.

I have a Dell vostro 1000 and it doesn't work...it says after the driver installation "no hardware" and after the reboot nothing happens.
and i tried both links (http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R151517.EXE and http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R151517.EXE)
who can help me?