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    Question New to Linux, need help setting up wireless card


    I'm new to Linux and looking forward to exploring this brave new world I've been hearing about. I got a bug in my older laptop and had to wipe the hard drive so thought I'd give Ubuntu a try. I got the OS on my laptop but the system won't recognize my wireless modem so I can't connect to the web. I do not have a wired connection to plug in to. I do have another working laptop with Windows 7. I need to know where I can find a driver for the Dell 1470 WLAN miniPCI card that's on the machine and how to get it into a format that will be recognized by Linux so I can upload it onto my Linux machine. Thanks for any assistance!

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    What sort of error messages do you get? Have you watched the text output when you boot the machine? Is there an error about missing firmware?

    Try wireless.kernel.org, which is the Linux link for all things wireless-card. Try the users→drivers tabs, and see which type of card you have, and also which driver you need to download.
    Try sudo lspci or sudo lspci -v at the terminal and you get a printout of all your devices; in my case the wireless card seems to appear last Like this:-
    08:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
    Memory at f0600000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
    Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information: Len=78 <?>
    Capabilities: [e8] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
    Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel
    Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number dc-6d-04-ff-ff-3b-70-1a
    Capabilities: [16c] Power Budgeting <?>
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb
    Without the -v option I only get the first line. That is a b43 card. Whenever I had a new installation there was an error message while booting sending me to https://wireless.kernel.org/en/Users/Drivers/b43...

    I am by no means a prolific poster here, but I see you are newer, so "welcome to the Forum "
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    Error in previous post: sorry

    I wrote https://wireless.etc
    It should have been http:// not https://
    Sorry. If you click one of the links, it offers you the opportunity to create a new page. You might prefer to use one of the existing pages
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    Quote Originally Posted by madcyclist View Post
    I wrote https://wireless.etc
    It should have been http:// not https://
    Sorry. If you click one of the links, it offers you the opportunity to create a new page. You might prefer to use one of the existing pages
    Just use....
    wireless.kernel.org or click on link below:

    Welcome - Linux Wireless

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    Thanks for the links. Unfortunately the laptop that I am running Linux on has no internet connectivity (all I have is WiFi). How can I download the driver from a PC and load it onto the Linux machine? I tried with a flash drive but it won't work since it is formatted for DOS and not Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomNasty View Post
    Thanks for the links. Unfortunately the laptop that I am running Linux on has no internet connectivity (all I have is WiFi). How can I download the driver from a PC and load it onto the Linux machine? I tried with a flash drive but it won't work since it is formatted for DOS and not Linux.
    Many are getting on the internet via wifi do you mean you don't have an access point, and wifi router?

    Linux will real PC/Windows disks its very liberal that way.

    Don't you have a friend or relative that will let you use their computer to check a website or download a file?

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    Some wireless cards can be tricky under linux, though strange this is on a dell considering dell being mostly good with linux these days.
    What version of Ubuntu are you trying?
    Maybe a later version will support your wireless card.

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    docbop is right; go and visit a friend who has a modem with wires.

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    Just so you know Ubunut supporsts all sorts of network cards and wi-fi connections so your problem may be with your hardware. There are no particular drivers that you can use like you do in Windows, Linux is different you don't need drivers everything is in build into the system some times you need some updates that's it. How old is your laptop?

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    Without knowing what sort of wireless card OP uses, we cannot be sure. I have a b43 card, and on the wireless.kernel site (if I don't spell it wrongly ) it says
    Ubuntu/Debian

    In recent versions of Ubuntu and Debian, installing the firmware-b43-installer package will handle everything for you:

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    1 sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

    You will be asked to automatically fetch and install the firmware into the right location. Again, you will need an internet connection.

    Ubuntu Community Documentation

    Ubuntu also has a page detailing the process of installing Broadcom wireless drivers on their community documentation. If you have internet access on the device that you want to install the b43 driver onto, follow this link: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...ernet%20access . If you do not have internet access on the device that has a b43 supported broadcom wireless chipset and would like to use b43, follow this link instead: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...ernet%20access.

    Note that you can only follow one of the two guides, not both.
    So it seems easy enough, but not built-in.

    I still think docbop's suggestion to visit a friend with a wired internet connection was correct.

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