Feedback on the Dell Latitude E6520

Asked by Bob on 2011-12-21

My network card is shown as Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4359], which does not appear in the hardware list for this machine. The Broadcom devices listed already include

Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller
Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n

Both of which have been tested and found working on 10.04. Mine, unfortunately, has not been tested and does not appear to be working.

Suggestions are welcome, but I understand that my system is not certified for 10.04 :( bummer.

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Jeff Lane (bladernr) said : #1

Have you tried a newer version of Ubuntu? The current stable release is 11.10, the current development version is 12.04, though that's just in Alpha so is NOT stable and NOT recommended for normal use.

You seem to have a newer card... what I could find says this is a BCM43228 802.11a/b/g/n controller.

This is found in the certifed E6220 which IS certifed for 11.04 and 11.10.

So if you try a newer version, you may be in luck.

Also, if the reason you're trying to use 10.04 is because it's an LTS release while 11.04 and 11.10 are standard releases, 12.04 is the next LTS, so perhaps a solution would be to run 11.10 for now and upgrade to 12.04 in April when it is released?

In any case, I'd suggest trying 11.10 and seeing how that works for you. If you run into problems. Also note that you may (most likely will) need to install the proprietary Broadcom drivers (Broadcom STA) to use that broadcom wifi card.

Bob (bobbynaugs) said : #2

I have installed 11.10 side-by-side with the 10.04 installation, and my wireless card worked out-of-the-box in 11.10 (with updates, of course, though I didn't notice if they were necessary or not). I appreciate your answer, and for the record, 11.10 is playing much nicer with this laptop. My reasons for wanting to use 10.04 are indeed rooted in the LTS status, so I will just have to wait around in what is turning out to be a pretty comfortable waiting room.

I was mostly posting so that if someone wanted to update the hardware configuration, I could confirm that that newer card was shipped with that Latitude model.

Thanks again.

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