Using ndiswrapper with Ubuntu 64 on a Presario V6000 with a Dell 1390 mini-PCI wireless card

21 Jan 2008

My first task in Guatemala was to get Jesus’s wireless going.

He’s running Ubuntu Feisty 64 on a Compaq Presario V6000 (AMD Turion 64 x2). The wireless card is a Dell 1390 mini-PCI (wireless chipset bcm43xx).

Inspired by these instructions for Ultima Linux, I did the following as root:

  • installed ndiswrapper and ndisgtk – aptitude install ndiswrapper-common ndisgtk
  • blacklisted the built-in bcm43xx driver, by adding blacklist bcm43xx to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
  • manually loaded the ndiswrapper module by doing modprobe ndiswrapper and forced it to load on every boot by adding the line ndiswrapper to /etc/modules
  • downloaded the Dell version of the driver (R174291.exe) 1 2 and unpacked the .exe using wine
  • reloaded the gnome panel – killall gnome-panel
  • ran System, Administration, Windows Wireless Drivers, and loaded the extracted driver from ~/.wine/drive_c/dell/drivers/R174291
  • after a reboot :-( Network Manager (top right) detected wireless networks, and we were able to connect. If you have any problems, check the driver has loaded by running ndiswrapper -l
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