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Does Mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi [solved after a fasion]

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:25 am
by The-Wizard
hi folks , long time no speak,
I have a problem with the latest releases of 64 bit mint and my dell 1545.
tried both Cinnamon and Mate versions of mint 19 and mint 19.1, None of them seem to support the inbuilt wireless, the basic OS loads and seems to work fine except for the as i said the wireless, I am upgrading from the now unsupported M17 which [apart from not having updates] just fine... Any thoughts

Re: Dose mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:46 am
by kc1di
Hi,
Most Dells I have come across use broadcom wifi cards. Depending on the card the driver will need to be installed. It is available on the live usb.
But you'll need to know for sure which card you have.
You can find that out with this command

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inxi -Nn

Re: Dose mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:15 am
by The-Wizard
Confused!!! why dose it not load automatically as it did in previous builds? this is a retrograde development for mint

Re: Dose mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:41 am
by kc1di
What was the output of

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inxi -Nn
?
Also what is the output of

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rfkill list

Re: Dose mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:45 am
by Hoser Rob
The-Wizard wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:15 am
Confused!!! why dose it not load automatically as it did in previous builds? this is a retrograde development for mint
This sort of thing probably has nothing to do with Mint, it'sn happening at kernel level and that's a separate project.

ANd you aren't going to get any support without the terminal output asked for above. The computer make and model is not useful info.

Re: Dose mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:48 am
by JeremyB
In terminal do

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sudo apt update && sudo apt install firmware-b43-installer
Reboot
If that doesn't work, post results for the inxi command by kc1di

Re: Dose mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:52 am
by The-Wizard
you cant have a terminal out put as I already cleaned the HD and I can't get it to connect, or i would have posted it with original question, I am posting from a borrowed desktop at the moment

Re: Does Mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:15 pm
by kc1di
put in the live usb and boot to it. run the command and just tell us what card it says.
b43 may work. and you should beable to install it in the live session off the live usb stick.

Re: Does Mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi [solved after a fasion]

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:40 pm
by The-Wizard
thanks for those who tried to help an old fogie... problem solved the easy way, Loaded Sparky instead.

Re: Does Mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi [solved after a fasion]

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:42 pm
by JeremyB
Can Sparky tell us what wifi it is?

Re: Does Mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi [solved after a fasion]

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:44 pm
by LuvNix
Same pc (Dell 1545) had the same problem. You need to install the headers for the kernel you're using, then Broadcom-sta-dkms package and dkms will build and install the wl.ko kernel module for you.

Easy enough to find them/packages online download onto a USB, transfer to the trouble pc and install with gdebi etc.

Edit: The b43.ko did work on this laptop but isn't the right one, wl.ko is, see this.

Re: Does Mint 19 Not support dell wi-fi [solved after a fasion]

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:49 pm
by michael louwe
Hoser Rob wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:45 am
The-Wizard wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:15 am
Confused!!! why dose it not load automatically as it did in previous builds? this is a retrograde development for mint
This sort of thing probably has nothing to do with Mint, it'sn happening at kernel level and that's a separate project.

ANd you aren't going to get any support without the terminal output asked for above. The computer make and model is not useful info.
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AFAIK, the Debian Project removed all proprietary software from the Linux kernel a few years ago, eg proprietary Broadcom and Realtek Wifi drivers, ie from Ubuntu 16.04/LM 18 onward = users need to install the missing proprietary device drivers themselves.

This is what they called true libre or free open-source GNU/Linux as expounded by the FSF (Richard Stallman's Free Software Foundation), which though idealistic is unrealistic = often resulted in desktop Linux being unuser-friendly or giving bad ootb experience to newbies and average users.