Ubuntu - Breezy Badger 5.10 - Wireless Problems

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Ubuntu - Breezy Badger 5.10 - Wireless Problems

I am soo stoked! After 5 days I finally got my Dell 1370 Wireless MiniPCI Card to work on my Dell Inspiron 2200 with Linux Distribution Ubuntu - Breezy Badger 5.10 release!!!! Here are the instructions, note they were copied from HOW TO: Configure wirless cards with Broadcom chipsets

HOW TO: Configure wirless cards with Broadcom chipsets
by jonny
roadcom wireless cards are tricky to set up in ubuntu, and the forums are full of frustrated users seeking advice. Broadcom provide no Linux support (feel free to complain to your hardware vendor or choose a different card if you haven't yet shelled out your cash), but they can be made to work - and you're in the right place if you want to know how.

First, you need to find out if this How To is for you. Broadcom wireless cards come under many brand names and, in particular, are used in many Dell and Acer laptops. Look for the drivers supplied with your card (Dell usually store a copy in C:/DRIVERS/NETWORK/ADDON); if you have a file called bcmwl5.inf or bcmwl5a.inf then keep on reading. You won't succeed without following these instructions!

0. Before you start, clear out any mess from existing failed attempts to use ndiswrapper. Note that you shouldn't use a root terminal to execute the code in this how-to; use a normal terminal session instead.

sudo modprobe -r bcmwl5 sudo rmmod ndiswrapper sudo apt-get remove ndiswrapper-utils sudo rm -r /etc/ndiswrapper/ sudo rm -r /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper

Some of these steps may report errors; just ignore them.

1. Copy the bcmwl5.inf and bcmwl5.sys files to your desktop

2. Follow the advice given here under How to add extra repositories

3. Open a terminal session and enter this code. Note that you need an active network connection for this to work; I've assumed that if you have access to a wireless LAN, you also have access to a wired network as a fallback.

sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils sudo ndiswrapper -i ~/Desktop/bcmwl5.inf sudo ndiswrapper -m for conffile in /etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5/*.conf; do sudo cat $conffile | sed -e 's/RadioState|1/RadioState|0/' > $conffile done

4. Reboot your PC. On restarting, the light on your wireless card should come on. If not, try entering

sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

5. Your card is now working. Open the networking configuration tool System --> Administration --> Networking

6. Select your wireless network card (probably wlan0) and hit the properties button.

7. Tick the 'This device is configured' box, and enter your network name and connection settings. Ask your office network administrator for support if you don't know what this question means, or copy your settings from Windows.

8. BE CAREFUL entering your WEP key, if you're using one. You're expected to enter this in hexadecimal form; if you don't speak hex, prefix your key with s:

9. Click OK. The screen should close fairly quickly; if it hangs, you probably aren't connected properly.

10. Back in the Network Settings screen, select your wireless device as the default gateway device.

11. Click OK. Again, the screen should close fairly quickly.

12. Enjoy wireless nirvana. If everything works, you can delete the file from your desktop.

13. You might notice that the signal strength applet doesn't work properly. This is a known bug with these cards.

If you have trouble, try booting into Windows - if you dual boot - and checking that the card is enabled. Some laptops allow the wireless card to be switched off, usually with a special key combination, and I've not found a reliable way to make this work in Linux.

Ending Notes
I am very stoked that linux works finally with an internet connection! I plan on trying to code and learn a lot of what I can with this release! Questions feel free to ask, I am not linux expert but I would like to be one day!

Posted by frost on May 14th, 2006 11:36 - Subscribe Bookmark and Share

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Posted by david on May 15th, 2006

Jim hate to get off subject but you need to whip us a tutorial on how to setup UltraVNC on a Local Area Network (LAN).

Posted by jim on May 15th, 2006

It is the same thing as if you were setting it up remotely, except you use your LAN's IP address. IE: being that is the address of the computer you want to connect to.


Posted by anonymous on June 05th, 2008

Just installed latest Ubuntu 8 (something) sorry its at home I'm at work lol. On my Dell inspiron 1150 with built in wireless card, running same laptop with xp sp2 and wireless works fine. Hopefully after getting home and trying this I to can be online with my Ubuntu side.





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