[svlug] Ubuntu and wireless on Dell Vostro 1000

Skip Evans skip at bigskypenguin.com
Fri Jul 25 21:29:57 PDT 2008

Update, I discovered I had ndiswrapper-utils-1-8 
so I apt-get remove(d) this and got 
ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 (yes, the - and . are 
actually in there with the version numbers).

Then I did

ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
ndiswrapper -l
modprobe ndiswrapper

...according to the instructions I found to 
install the driver and it worked. It is listed 
when I do

ndiswrapper -l

But I still can't configure the wireless 
connection under System -> Network. It is not 
check-able and the it won't let me save anything 
under Properties.

Any advice, again, greatly appreciated.



Skip Evans wrote:
> Hey all,
> I just got a Dell Vostro 1000 laptop and installed Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy 
> Heron. When it first booted the wireless didn't come up, so I got on 
> line and found some issues people had and instructions for getting it 
> going by install ndiswrapper and ndiswrapper utils and the proper driver.
> Also, at this point under System -> Network it only listed the Wired 
> Connection and Point to Point.
> I also noticed that the update icon in the top right was list and said 
> there were over 200 updates waiting so I went ahead and did it update. 
> When the update was completed it wanted to reboot the system.
> After rebooting the blue bars for the wireless connection appeared in 
> the top right and it then found my wireless Netopia DSL modem and said 
> the connection was "100%", but when I right click and ask for connection 
> information it has all zeros for IP address, etc.
> Under System -> Network it shows Wireless Connection now along with the 
> other two, but it is not check-able, and when I select properties it 
> doesn't not have the Save button clickable.
> I then went back to the docs that explained how to do get it working via 
> ndiswrapper, and did
> apt-get install ndiswrapper-common
> apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils
> The next step was
> ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
> But when I do this I get
> No ndiswrapper utils found!
> But apt-get tells me that ndiswrapper-utils is the newest version.
> Any advice on next steps would greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Skip

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