How-to: Set up Dell Vostro 1000 Wireless for Mint 12

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How-to: Set up Dell Vostro 1000 Wireless for Mint 12

Postby Calivan_Mol on Sat May 12, 2012 5:28 pm

A how to on setting up a Dell Vostro 1000 Broadcom wireless card for Mint 12 (Lisa). May laptop users, including myself, will exprience issues with the standard bcmwl-kernel-source (version install.

This solution will resolve connectivity issues for:
Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1490 Dual Band WLAN Mini-Card

Before proceding please determine your Dell Wireless card by entering:
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$ sudo lspci -v

Results should look similar to the following:
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05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
   Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
   Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
   Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
   Capabilities: [58] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
   Capabilities: [d0] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
   Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
   Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel
   Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
   Kernel modules: ssb

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$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
$ sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
$ sudo reboot

This solution was directly pulled from the link below. I have captured it here for other Mint 12 users with the Vostro 1000 wireless issues. ... connection

If you are unable to connect to use your wireless card please make sure that your card is turned on using the following command:

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$ rfkill list

The results should be similar to this:
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1: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: no

If either hard or soft block are set to yes, you will be unable to use your wireless card. To change block status enter the following into your terminal:
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$ rfkill unblock <index number>

*Change the index number to reflect the number preceding the card name.

Note: Hard blocks can't not be removed by rfkill, this means the wireless card is hardware disabled.
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