Dell Inspiron 1501 Wireless

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Baby Hen
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Dell Inspiron 1501 Wireless

Post by TwiddleDee » Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:24

shocking i know. well i installed it today and got everything updated (used wired because i knew wireless was gonna give me problems). looked around and saw something about auto-ndiswrapper. it worked and it says it's enabled but i'm unable to connect to my netgear router. SSID and password are correct. using 5.3 x86 LXDE.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 Wireless

Post by Fitzcarraldo » Fri Oct 15, 2010 13:12

You have not given enough information for us to be able to attempt to deduce the source of your problem. Nevertheless, Google threw up the following Web site with advice on getting your model of laptop working with Linux: and it contains the following advice regarding configuration of the wireless card:
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 for information on how to use this driver. The windows driver is available from [url= ... 7881Dell's website. 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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