Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

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Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by cato40 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:00 pm

Hi:
I would appreciate it very much if someone could steer me in the right direction ,to enable me to access the internet.
I was given a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop ,with a 120Gb HD ,a Brodcomm Conextant 56K Modem Dell p/n RD02-D110.
I have tried a few 32bit OS'es,but no luck with the modem.
Now, here is my question, can I use a wi-fi USB Dongle ,or replace the wi-fi the wifi card with a more modern one.
Thanks,
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Re: Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by pioutw » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:36 pm

hello
is it a problem with the wifi card or with the modem ?
to identify your wifi card:

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lspci | grep -i net
what's your operating system ?
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Re: Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by cato40 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:16 pm

Hi:
I am unable to input that GRep cmd ,firstly the 6400 does not appear to have the | sign ,and I have Lubuntu 18.04 ,32 bit installed on it

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Re: Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by cato40 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:26 am

I tried another tack with another "Distro" ,which gave me the following Data:
03:00.0 BroadcomCorporation BCM 4401-BO100Basis TX[14e4:1700] (REV 02
ob:00.0Intel corporationPRO Wireless 3945ABG[GOLAN] Network Connection [8086:4222](REV02)
Hope this helps
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Re: Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by pioutw » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:11 am

"|" is called a "pipe" so maybe:
https://ccm.net/faq/1593-making-pipe-under-mac
but it's no longer important since you've identifing your card (intel 3945ABG)

have you tryed 18.3 ?

as mentionned here https://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/wifi_liste_carte#intel (in french)
- unlug your ethernet cable
- if possible put the wifi on and the bluetooth off in bios

of course you can use a dongle (verify the chipset is supported by linux)
you can also try to change the card with some chance of success
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Re: Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by cato40 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:42 pm

thanks ,shall try all ;I will let you know how it went ,I might try the 18.3 xfce,32bit
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Re: Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by BG405 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:16 pm

I had a look at the specs of your machine, you should be able to swap the WiFi card for a better one. According to some of the listings yours is Wireless G only which limits you to 54Mb/s (6.75MB/s) theoretical but as this includes protocols etc. the actual data rate is lower.

I'd recommend an Atheros AR5B225 as I've fitted these in all my WiFi-enabled machines & they seem to work fine out-of-the-box with all flavours of Mint. It'll give you Bluetooth 4.0 as well. Check first that there is a screw mount for securing a half size PCI-E card though as your Broadcom card will almost certainly be full size, as in my Inspiron 1525. (Note, I have no affiliation with or any financial interest in the manufacturer or product, it's just one I've found to work well).

Other cards may work well, too. Hopefully others will add their findings with those.

I also just checked to see if I could insert a "pipe" | using the Inspiron's keyboard. It doesn't work, neither does the backslash, although no problem with the external keyboard whose | & \ are on the same key. Both are UK layout.
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Re: Dell inspiron 6400 Broadcomm wi-fi card.

Post by cato40 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:44 am

thanks shall try

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