View Full Version : Why no wireless on Installed (dualboot with XP) Ubuntu 7.10.

Joe Moore
June 27th, 2008, 06:30 PM
I hope someone smarter then me will read this. I've never used linux before. All excited to finally get a look at Ubuntu, I incerted the ver 7.10 cd in my new Dell 1525 laptop and rebooted. Everything seemed to go smoothly with my dual boot install, but when I rebooted, Ubuntu had no internet access through my wireless. Under System >> Administration >> Network, there's not even a wireless option listed. I rebooted in XP and the wireless worked fine. I looked up the card and drivers under XP (below) but, I have to admit being a novice, and really don't know what to do with that information or what to do next. I hate to give up on linux/Ubuntu. Your assistance in this matter would be appreciated.

Dell Inspiron 1525
Inter Celeron CPU 550@2Ghz
1.99 Gbytes RAM

Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN mini-card revision 2.10
IRQ 17
Memory Range FE7FC000 - FE7FFFFF
Driver: C:\windows\system32\drivers\BCMWL5.sys
Broadband corp.
File ver
Driver chipset BCM4315/BCM22062000
MAC address 00:1F:E1:2B:31:87
Location US
Channel 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
and that's all I know about that.

June 27th, 2008, 06:55 PM
Please see this thread (http://sudan.ubuntuforums.com/showthread.php?t=734221).

July 10th, 2008, 06:19 PM
the driver is in the repo now
if you dint install ndiswrapper then skip steps 2,3,4
1.Update & upgrade using update-manager/synaptic/adept etc

sudo apt-get remove ndisgtk ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9

3. Remove the ndiswrapper line from /etc/modules
4. Disable wireless from the network manager applet and then

sudo modprobe -r ndiswrapper

If it cribs about module being in use, it means you have not disabled wireless
5. Restart, if there were any kernel upgrades
6. System->Administration->Hardware Drivers
I see a wl driver here. Make sure it says enabled and is in use.

worked for me with dell 1395 on inspiron 1525