Getting Dell WLAN 1390 to work in Ubuntu


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    Getting Dell WLAN 1390 to work in Ubuntu

    I just installed Ubuntu on my Dell Inspiron E1505/6400. It works good. However, I am trying to get my wireless card to work, but I'm having no luck. I started with ndiswrapper, and in trying to get it to work, I realized that the console in Ubuntu to give me super user status. So I have to get that working to be able to manipulate the drivers the way I need to. Does anybody have any suggestions beside ndiswrapper? madwifi has been suggested but I can't figure it out. So, I'd be glad to get any help. Thanks.

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    first things first...set a root password like:

    $ sudo passwd

    then if you can install madwifi, just "modprobe ath_pci" and the interface should then be working.
    whether or not madwifi will work or not depends on the chipset of your wireless card.
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    I haven't figured out yet how to set the root password. I thought it was the administrator password for my login. I have only used a knoppix livecd for anything so far, so I havent been able to find how to do that. After browsing around, it looks like my broadcom chipset isnt favored by linux. So are there alternate ways?

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    Could you post your lspci output with regards to your wireless card chipset? I have a suspicion that I have the same or a similar chipset as yours.
    Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-PCI Card (rev 01)
    If that's the one you have or similar, go grab the latest ndiswrapper, the most updated windows driver and a bucket load of patience. Here is the link you require - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...Docs%2FDriver)

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