How to make Inspiron 1520 with broadcom BCMWL5 Elyssa work

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How to make Inspiron 1520 with broadcom BCMWL5 Elyssa work

Postby sommasplace on Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:42 am

If you have already enabled the Broadcom restricted driver, uninstall it before attempting this guide.


Step 1: Stop ssb From Loading Before NDISwrapper
Make a script for NDISwrapper's fix
In a terminal type:
sudo gedit /etc/init.d/wirelessfix.sh

Paste this into the file:
#!/bin/bash

modprobe -r b44
modprobe -r b43
modprobe -r ssb
modprobe -r ndiswrapper
modprobe ndiswrapper
modprobe b44

Point the terminal to your init.d file and make your script exectuable:
In a terminal type:
cd /etc/init.d/ && sudo chmod 755 wirelessfix.sh

Update and make it stick:
In a terminal type:
sudo update-rc.d wirelessfix.sh defaults

Then reboot
In a terminal type:
sudo reboot


Step 2: Get Needed Packages
To install ndiswrapper
In a terminal type:
sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 ndiswrapper-common

or you can also try:
sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9* ndiswrapper-common

***If the terminal outputs an error message, telling you NDISwrapper could not be found, insert the disc you used to install and manually search for the file.

*** NDISWRAPPER comes with elyssa so you may get a message saying you have it. continue to driver download.


Get the Windows driver for your Dell 1501
In a terminal type:
wget http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R140747.EXE


Step 3: Get Everything Ready
Now we will make a folder.
In a terminal type:
mkdir ~/.drivers

Now we will move R140747.EXE (the Dell driver), to the folder we just made.
In a terminal type:
mv ~/R140747.EXE ~/.drivers


STEP 4: Driver Setup
In order for us to unzip the R140747.EXE driver we need to point your terminal to the /.driver folder.
In a terminal type:
cd ~/.drivers

Unzip the R140747.EXE driver
In a terminal type:
unzip -a R140747.EXE

We need to point your terminal to the DRIVER folder we just unzipped
In a terminal type:
cd ~/.drivers/DRIVER


Step 5: Configure The Windows driver With NDISwrapper
Now install the Windows driver
In a terminal type:
sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
Then:
sudo ndiswrapper -l (that is a lowercase L)

You should see a message that says driver present, hardware detected.

Now finish installing the driver
In a terminal type:
sudo ndiswrapper -m
Then:
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper

YOU MUST REBOOT NOW!
In a terminal type:
sudo reboot

STEP 6: TEST WIRELESS
Your wifi light on your laptop should be illuminated. If not, you can always turn it on and off with the Fn+F2 (Function & F2 Key) and you're all set! Try running this to see if your wireless card is functioning properly.

In a terminal type:
sudo iwlist scanning

please visit the original at http://www.ubuntu1501.com/2008/04/ndiswrapper-in-hardy-heron.html

i dont want credit for figuring this out - i just know that it worked.

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Re: How to make Inspiron 1520 with broadcom BCMWL5 Elyssa work

Postby Husse on Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:20 am

Changed the subject to reflect content and moved to the wireless section
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Re: How to make Inspiron 1520 with broadcom BCMWL5 Elyssa work

Postby VRP on Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:06 am

"i dont want credit for figuring this out - i just know that it worked."

Fair enough mate, but thanks for posting it anyway. Sorted me right out.

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Re: How to make Inspiron 1520 with broadcom BCMWL5 Elyssa work

Postby MagnusB on Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:53 am

This is more or less the same as I posted in another topic. Can you change the topic to reflect just which Broadcom card this works on, I guess there are more computers that comes with this card than just Inspiron 1520 :)
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Re: How to make Inspiron 1520 with broadcom BCMWL5 Elyssa work

Postby VRP on Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:59 am

Worked on my Inspiron 5100 with a Broadcom 4318 card.

Got the driver from my Windows partition, though.

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