This Dell 1390 wireless controller in the Inspiron 1501 doesn't have any native drivers for Linux so using the ndiswrapper module is necessary. You can review our [url=http://www.linlap.com/wiki/configuring+the+ndiswrapper+module+for+wireless+controllers+without+native+linux+driversConfiguring the ndiswrapper module[/url]for information on how to use this driver. The windows driver is available from [url=http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&releaseid=R140747&SystemID=INS_PNT_1501&os=WW1&osl=en&deviceid=9805&devlib=0&typecnt=1&vercnt=7&formatcnt=1&libid=5&fileid=187881Dell's website[/url]. There is also at set of native drivers which are available here, but these have note been tested yet. Using the BIOS configuration page, turning off the Wireless Hotkey (Fn-F2 control) seems to help the card work better with ndiswrapper and the Windows driver. (Without turning off the Wireless Hotkey control, the card may get detected, but not find any networks with “iwlist scan”, and the little green WiFi light may not come on.)
Some versions of the Inspiron include the Dell 1490. This works with the bcm43xx module.
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