Kubuntu 8.04 on a Dell XPS M1330 laptop... how to get wireless working

Robert Menes viewtiful.icchan at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 13:43:25 BST 2008


Greetings, fellow Kubuntu users! Yesterday, I helped a co-worker install
Kubuntu 8.04 on his laptop.

The laptop is a Dell XPS M1330 laptop with a Core 2 Duo CPU, 3GB of RAM,
250GB HD with WinXP Pro SP2
and Kubuntu dual-booting, fingerprint reader, nVidia GeForce Go 8400M GS
video card (128MB RAM), Bluetooth,
High Definition Audio 2.0 (unknown chipset), and integrated 10/100 network
card and PCI wireless card.

Most of the hardware works out of the box, save for the nVidia card and the
PCI wireless card. Installing the restricted
nVidia driver (nvidia-glx-new) worked and allowed Compiz Fusion to work, but
the PCI card is baffling me.

According to KInfoCenter, the card appears to be a BroadCom based card,
meaning that I may need the firmware
wrapper for Kubuntu 8.04. However, another page detailing an Ubuntu install
on the same model laptop
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/InstallingUbuntuOnADellXPSM1330 says that the
wireless PCI is in fact an Intel
Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini Card. Rather than simply install the BroadCom
firmware for nothing, I wanted to know
if anyone else with this same hardware can confirm for me who the
manufacturer is, and what steps should I take
to enable it.

For reference, I have attached the output of lspci, lspci -n, lsmod, dmesg,
and /proc/cpuinfo. Thanks for everyone's help!

--Rob
(If it ain't Linux, it stinks :P)
-- 
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