Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 190317
Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card doesn't work
Last modified: 2008-05-06 11:52:00 EDT
I've been attempting to setup the wireless hardware in a recently purchased Dell
Inspiron 9400 on Fedora Core 5. The wireless hardware is built into the system.
It has a Broadcom based, Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card. I've followed
the tried both of the following pages to get the hardware to work.
Everything goes good until I get to setting up a new wireless connection inside
system-config-network. It doesn't see the wireless card at all, so I'm unable
to set the card up. When I check hwbrowser, it also doesn't see the wireless
ndiswrapper version 1.13 loaded (preempt=no,smp=yes)
ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,11/02/2005, 184.108.40.206) loaded
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:0c:00.0[A] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:0c:00.0 to 64
ndiswrapper: using irq 17
wlan0: vendor: ''
wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:16:ce:52:02:5a using driver bcmwl5,
wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP; TKIP with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK; AES/CCMP
with WPA, WPA2, WPA2PSK
# /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 driver installed, hardware present
wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:54 Mb/s Tx-Power:32 dBm
RTS thr:2347 B Fragment thr:2346 B
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
The Dell driver for this hardware is here: (for ndiswrapper)
I also tried http://fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=29659, but got the
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