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    Red face Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard

    Hello

    I have installed a fresh/clean copy of UBUNTU on my dell 6400.
    Everything works great apart from my WIFI.
    I have a Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard is there an easy way to get it working without using code. I have downloaded the windows XP driver for it.

    I have tried to follow this but can't get my head around it.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=297092

    Thanks Llyr

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    Re: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard

    Dont think so not without typing these commands
    open up a terminal
    application > accessories > terminal
    copy each line in (carefully) and hit enter
    it looks a very well writen how to....
    the command line isnt that scary, just be brave!!

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    Re: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard

    Quote Originally Posted by ibizatunes View Post
    Dont think so not without typing these commands
    open up a terminal
    application > accessories > terminal
    copy each line in (carefully) and hit enter
    it looks a very well writen how to....
    the command line isnt that scary, just be brave!!
    I'll have a go. How do I put in my directory where i have put the file?

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    Re: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard

    Have you tried to connect using a cable an then goto System->Administration->Hardware Drivers and select the one for your wireless.
    Disconnect your cable and enable your wireless.
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    Wink Re: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN MiniCard

    The post you were looking at/pointed to is ancient. There is no need to compile ndiswrapper - just use it as it is. If you want to use ndiswrapper (it works fine, it's just that others prefer native or restricted drivers where possible), just do the following:

    - place your Windows driver .sys and .inf files on your Ubuntu desktop

    - with Ubuntu booted, put the LiveCD in your drive. It may say software disk found - is so, just cancel that.

    - using "Places" navigate to the /pool/main/n/ndiswrapper folder on the CD.

    - double-click ndiswrapper common to begin its' installation and wait for it to finish.

    - double-click ndiswrapper utilities to begin its' installation and wait for it to finish.

    - navigate to the /pool/main/n/ndisgtk folder on the CD

    - double-click ndisgtk to begin its' installation and wait for it to finish.

    Go to System/Administration/Windows Wireless Drivers to start ndisgtk. Click add [or maybe it's "new"], point it to the .inf file on your desktop, and ok it. That should install the wireless driver.

    Right-click on the network manager icon and be sure that "Enable Wireless" is checked.

    Left-click on the network manager icon and see if any wireless networks now show.

    Remember that if you use MAC filtering and/or any type of encryption with your router you must match that.

    Okay, that's how to do it in ndiswrapper. However, I thought I had seen others getting this working without that.

    In a terminal, type:

    lshw -C network <press enter>

    lspci <press enter>

    lsusb <press enter>

    Copy and paste those outputs back here for us to review and give you guidance.


    BTW - if you can, hard-wire your PC to the router temporarily and do the following:

    - in a terminal window: sudo apt-get update <press enter> and wait for it to finish

    - check in System/Administration/Hardware Drivers and see if there is a driver for your wireless listed there - if so, enabled it. If this starts downloading something wait for it to finish.

    - physically disconnect the hard-wire connection

    - follow the above for checking network manager, etc..

    Dave
    Last edited by anewguy; September 22nd, 2010 at 03:24 PM.

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