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Hello! I recently bought a new Dell computer (Latitude D630) and I've got Windows XP running. I've tried various distro LiveCD's, but not a single one recognizes my 1395 WLAN ...
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    Is there a distribution that can run a Dell 1395 Wireless card natively?


    Hello!

    I recently bought a new Dell computer (Latitude D630) and I've got Windows XP running. I've tried various distro LiveCD's, but not a single one recognizes my 1395 WLAN wireless card. Has anyone had any luck with this card without using ndiswrapper? What distribution do you use?

    Thanks!

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    I would try Ubuntu, since Dell sells some laptops with Ubuntu preloaded.

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    To the best of my knowledge there is no way to run this card without using ndiswrapper, because it uses a Broadcom chipset. Until Broadcom decides to either release a native Linux driver or release enough of the chipset specifications that one can be written, ndiswrapper will be probably be your only option.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=704088

    Dell's laptops that come with Linux all use the Intel 3945 wireless chipset, as far as I know, and this chipset has native Linux support.
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    Thanks L4Linux, but I'm afraid that I already have. I've tried:
    -Knoppix 5.0.1
    -PCLOS 2007
    -PCLOS 2008 MiniMe
    -Sabayon 3.5 Mini 64-bit
    -Fedora 9 64-bit (KDE4)
    -Kubuntu 8.04 64-bit

    No luck with any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe View Post
    To the best of my knowledge there is no way to run this card without using ndiswrapper, because it uses a Broadcom chipset. Until Broadcom decides to either release a native Linux driver or release enough of the chipset specifications that one can be written, ndiswrapper will be probably be your only option.

    Dell 1395 (Broadcom 4315), ndiswrapper and Gutsy - success! - Ubuntu Forums

    Dell's laptops that come with Linux all use the Intel 3945 wireless chipset, as far as I know, and this chipset has native Linux support.
    That makes sense! Until I bought this Dell, I figured that they'd all be able to use all components in Ubuntu! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe View Post
    To the best of my knowledge there is no way to run this card without using ndiswrapper, because it uses a Broadcom chipset. Until Broadcom decides to either release a native Linux driver or release enough of the chipset specifications that one can be written, ndiswrapper will be probably be your only option.

    Dell 1395 (Broadcom 4315), ndiswrapper and Gutsy - success! - Ubuntu Forums

    Dell's laptops that come with Linux all use the Intel 3945 wireless chipset, as far as I know, and this chipset has native Linux support.
    Sounds great! Do you know if this would work in Ubuntu 8.04?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glowboats View Post
    Sounds great! Do you know if this would work in Ubuntu 8.04?
    I don't see why not. Give it a try and post back if you have problems.
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