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

Summary
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 5.100.82.38) install.

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

Preparation
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


Solution
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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.
http://askubuntu.com/questions/101632/d ... 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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