How enable my dell pci wireless card in ubuntu 10.04

Asked by joseph on 2010-09-23

i had disabled my dell pci wireless card in windows now how do i enable it from ubuntu? ive enabled it when i turned my laptop on but it still isnt working. and how do i set up a wired connection on ubuntu? i connected the cable but nothing happens.

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2010-09-29

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Can you give the output of:

sudo lshw -C network

Thanks

joseph (shmoe93) said : #2

*-network:0
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: NetXtreme BCM5702X Gigabit Ethernet
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 02
       serial: 00:0b:db:e0:29:5b
       capacity: 1GB/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pcix pm vpd msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.102 firmware=5702-v2.25 latency=64 link=no mingnt=64 multicast=yes port=twisted pair
       resources: irq:11 memory:faff0000-faffffff
  *-network:1
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 3
       bus info: pci@0000:02:03.0
       version: 02
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master
       configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=32
       resources: irq:5 memory:fafee000-fafeffff
  *-network DISABLED
       description: Wireless interface
       physical id: 2
       logical name: wlan0
       serial: 00:14:a4:16:aa:79
       capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg

joseph (shmoe93) said : #4

my lapyop cant find bcmwl-kernel-source package

If you read the guide it shows how you can use the install CD and install from there.

joseph (shmoe93) said : #6

ok i installed ndiswrapper now i need to install the windows wireless driver whats the name of it?

No need, there is a native driver on the install CD that will make it work. If you still want you can visit the Dell site and download the driver for your device there, you will need to install cabextract (again from the ubuntu cd) to extract the dumb .exe files dell insist on using.

joseph (shmoe93) said : #8

theres a problem with doing that. i disabled the dell pci through windows so i need windows to re-enable but i cant becuase my windows is messed up. aaaahhhhghgg

joseph (shmoe93) said : #9

how do i enable the dell pci card through ubuntu?

Is there a killswitch to disable / enable the device? If so you could try switching it and seeing what happens, then switching it back.

joseph (shmoe93) said : #11

sadly no.

hub_cap (hub-capem) said : #12

I fought the battle with the bcm43xx until I was blue in the face. Replaced with Intel Pro and it connected immediately. Dell 610 (had a D600 which had Broadcom card)
*-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 01
       serial: 00:11:43:51:6c:65
       capacity: 1GB/s
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.110 firmware=5751-v3.29a latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
       resources: irq:16 memory:dfcf0000-dfcfffff
  *-network
       description: Wireless interface
       product: PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 3
       bus info: pci@0000:03:03.0
       logical name: eth1
       version: 05
       serial: 00:12:f0:4b:8a:b1
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ipw2200 driverversion=1.2.2kmprq firmware=ABG:9.0.5.27 (Dec 12 2007) ip=192.168.0.101 latency=64 link=yes maxlatency=24 mingnt=3 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
       resources: irq:17 memory:dfbff000-dfbfffff

Your wifi has an address: 192.168.0.101

If you run:

gksudo gedit /etc/resolv.conf

delete ALL the text and add these 2 lines:

nameserver 8.8.8.8
nameserver 8.8.4.4

Save the new file and close gedit and all web browsers, does the web work ok?

joseph (shmoe93) said : #14

do i type this in exactly "nameserver 8.8.8.8"
                                    "nameserver 8.8.4.4"

type it how I typed it. I can make it clearer if you like: But it's going to sound condescending.

press alt+f2
type:
gksudo gedit /etc/resolv.conf
press enter
type your user password
press enter
delete all the text
type:
nameserver 8.8.8.8
press enter
type:
nameserver 8.8.4.4
press enter
click file, click save, click file, click exit

joseph (shmoe93) said : #16

It still didn'nt work. my wireless network is disabled because i disabled it in windows. so if i deleted windows would it stop disabling it when i go on ubuntu?

joseph (shmoe93) said : #17

It still did'nt work. my wireless network is disabled because i disabled it in windows. so if i deleted windows would it stop disabling it when i go on ubuntu?

Then in device manager you will need to open device manager and tell the OS that the device cannot wake up the system and it should also not be told to turn off the device to save power. This will help. If you remove the OS it will not be re-enablable due to the hardware being switched.

joseph (shmoe93) said : #19

Little problem... my windows is corrupt.

joseph (shmoe93) said : #20

Ok i installed my wireless driver and now i can search for wireless routers. But when i do that it doesnt connect i typed everything but a dhcp client what is that?

joseph (shmoe93) said : #21

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.