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Okay, I just installed Linux Mint, on a new computer (format hard drive) but I do not know if this computer has a wireless card or not (internal wireless obviously). ...
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    Linux Mint --- Wireless Card or No?


    Okay, I just installed Linux Mint, on a new computer (format hard drive) but I do not know if this computer has a wireless card or not (internal wireless obviously). I opened up terminal and ran lspci and here are my results, but this is jibberish to me, anyone know what it means?????

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d3)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller (rev 03)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
    02:03.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c556 Hurricane CardBus [Cyclone] (rev 10)
    02:03.1 Communication controller: 3Com Corporation Mini PCI 56k Winmodem (rev 10)

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    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
    02:03.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c556 Hurricane CardBus [Cyclone] (rev 10)
    02:03.1 Communication controller: 3Com Corporation Mini PCI 56k Winmodem (rev 10)
    No, it does not have a wireless card - it has 2 wired NIC's and a Winmodem.

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    02:03.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c556 Hurricane CardBus [Cyclone] (rev 10)

    What exactly is that? From my googling it is a mini pci card bus, but I can not find where to purchase it? It is for a dell latitude b120, and I am trying to get wireless internet, but avoid the USB modem.

    Any suggestions?

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    Google: 3c556

    The NIC part of this MiniPCI Combo card (often found in laptops) works very well with the 3c59x driver.
    ...has a 3COM 3C556 Hurricane mini PCI ethernet/modem
    card.
    It's a 10/100 wired NIC. Purchase it? Isn't it in the machine already?

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    I am assuming it is if it came up with the results from lspci ---- what I was referencing purchasing was, I read somewhere, and now I can't find the article, was that they make a wireless card that would plug into both the modem, and the ethernet slot on the laptop? Basically I am trying to find out any (if there are any) wireless options for this laptop other than a usb wireless card.

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    Google: latitude b120 specs

    Led to:

    Specs for Inspiron B130 as reviewed:

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        * Intel Pentium M Processor 740 (1.73GHz/2MB Cache/400MHz FSB*)
        * 15.4-inch WXGA display
        * 512MB of RAM (2 stick configuration)
        * Intel integrated Media Accelerator 900 graphics card
        * 60GB Hard Drive (5400RPM)
        * Microsoft Windows XP Home
        * 24x CD Burner/DVD Combo drive
        * Dell 1470 Internal Wireless 802.11a/b/g
        * 56Kbps Modem and Integrated Network Card (ethernet)
        * Dimensions: Height 1.41", Width 14.0", Depth 10.5"
        * Weight: 6.7lbs (with 4-cell battery)
        * 4-cell Lithium Ion Battery
        * Ports: 3 USB 2.0, VGA out, Modem RJ-11, audio line-out (for speakers headphones), external microphone port, ExpressCard 34 slot
    But your lspci does not show a wireless chip. That could mean it's dead, was removed, or didn't come with one. But it's also likely you can get a compatible wireless module and install it (example.) You may also be able to find a wifi card for the ExpressCard 34 slot.

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    I found a wireless card in another dell laptop I had lying around (the mobo fried in this one ) but my lspci is still showing exactly the same.....

    Also, there is no antenna, or not one that i can see to connect to the wireless card, could this be the issue as to why my lspci is showing the same, or do i need to do a system reboot, then run lspci again for the change to take affect?

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    Try running "lsusb" and see if it finds any wireless cards. Sometimes internal wireless cards show up as usb devices.

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