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    No Wifi on Dell netbook

    When I go to network connections wifi does not come up for a choice.
    It just lists wired connections.
    I am on a dell inspiron 910.
    also has xfce 4

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    when i type the command

    lshw -C network

    i get
    *-network
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4312 802.11b/g
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
    resources: irq:17 memory:f0200000-f0203fff

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    Can you walk the Dell over to the router, hook up a wired connection and then go to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers and activate your Broadcom drivers?
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Can you walk the Dell over to the router, hook up a wired connection and then go to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers and activate your Broadcom drivers?
    ok i activated the driver.
    is that it? because wireless options are still not coming up.

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by stanhalen View Post
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4312 802.11b/g
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation

    Hello stanhalen

    Im new in that forum, but not as well on wireless under linux


    Ok, I think I can help you.

    you have an broadcom pci wireless card with a BCM4312 chip.

    On start, It will work on Unbuntu debian linux without troubles,but....

    can you type this:

    iwconfig
    and also this command, because Im afraid you dint up the device.


    ifconfig
    you can have troubles with the card because it couldn't be up when you try to connect to a wireless ap.


    write as what happend

    Wating your response
    Last edited by alexdelprogramador; April 5th, 2010 at 12:04 AM.

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by alexdelprogramador View Post
    Hello stanhalen

    Im new in that forum, but not as well on wireless under linux


    Ok, I think I can help you.

    you have an broadcom pci wireless card with a BCM4312 chip.

    On start, It will work on Unbuntu debian linux without troubles,but....

    can you type this:



    and also this command, because Im afraid you dint up the device.


    you can have troubles with the card because it couldn't be up when you try to connect to a wireless ap.


    write as what happend

    Wating your response
    laptop@laptop-laptop:~$ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    laptop@laptop-laptop:~$ ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:21:70:d0:d7:c1
    inet addr:192.168.0.104 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::221:70ff:fed0:d7c1/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:2722 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:2287 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:2622803 (2.6 MB) TX bytes:431468 (431.4 KB)
    Interrupt:27

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:840 (840.0 B) TX bytes:840 (840.0 B)

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    How about the contents of

    rfkill list

    ?

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    Quote Originally Posted by bkratz View Post
    How about the contents of

    rfkill list

    ?
    rkill list?

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    rfkill list

    rfkill list

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    Re: No Wifi on Dell netbook

    laptop@laptop-laptop:~$ rfkill list
    0: compal-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: compal-bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

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