Recently I installed Ubuntu on my laptop Dell Inspiron 1501. This was my first experience of installing Ubuntu so I installed with dual boot of my WIN XP already installed. For installing ubuntu as dual boot OS with WIN XP read my blog post . In the current blog I would only discuss the issues of dell drivers for ubuntu and their resolution.
Drivers that doesn’t need to be installed with Ubuntu
Followings are the list of the drivers that ubuntu already pick up after installation, so no need to install them at all:
- Audio Driver
- Video Driver
- Network Driver (cable)
Drivers that need to be installed
Followings are the lost of the drivers that we need install in ubuntu:
- Wireless Network Driver
- Modem Driver
Installation steps for Wireless Network driver
Since Dell comes with broadcom wireless network, which has some problems with linux, so following steps we needed to perform to install this driver. There are two ways to install this driver:
- Using ndiswrapper which actually uses windows wireless network driver and make available in linux.
- Using broadcom firmware. This method is more efficient than above one as it is native. We would discussing this below.
Installing broadcom driver using firmware approach
open Terminal window by clicking application--> Accessories-->Terminal
switch to root user using su command
goto driver directory using
b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o
restart operating system
Installing ubuntu Old network manager due to bug in ubuntu current network manager
Above steps would install the wireless network driver successfully. However still you would'nt be able to connect with the net coz there is bug in network manager of ubuntu 8.04 (hardy) that demands us to use older version of the network manager. Followings are steps for it:
Download the working version of ubuntu network manager - Type in a terminal
sudo wget http://download38.mediafire.com/2bdi9e0d0l7g/jyjze9dd7t9/network-manager_0.6.6-0ubuntu1_i386.deb
Downgrade your current ubuntu network manager - Type in a terminal
sudo dpkg -i network-manager_0.6.6-0ubuntu1_i386.deb Now your wireless card should work enjoy :) Note: If Ubuntu is too slow in starting and taking longer time to perform then you must check /etc/hosts file. It must have entry of your computer name, and lo with localhost 127.0.0.1 e.g: 127.0.0.1 localhost lo imamlt This is necessary because Ubuntu services pings these aliases when doing any operation so in their absence they took longer and longer time to do any process.
Installing Modem Driver
The modem comes with Dell inspiron 1501 is Conexant HDA D110 MDC v.92 Modem. Followings are its step to install:
- Download modem driver for ubuntu in form of .deb package from http://linux.dell.com/files/ubuntu/hardy/modem-drivers/hsf/
- install it by typing following in terminal window:
- dpkg -i hsfmodem-7.68.00.09×86.deb
After installation of driver follow up this post for making your internet connection. For windows user plz follow gnome-PPP method mentioned in this blog. As it is closely resemble with the windows dialup connection. You will UI similar to window while other two methods non-UI: