Dell latitude C840 wireless problem

David Vincent dvincent at
Fri Mar 14 19:57:44 UTC 2008

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Dave Stevens wrote:
> Hello all,
> I have a Dell C840 laptop which originally had Windows but which now has 
> Ubuntu 7.10. Unfortunately, when I formatted the drive I failed to note the 
> wireless chipset installed (although it did work in Windows.) It doesn't work 
> now. Dell says it was installed after it left their hands (i.e., go away) I 
> don't know how to find out what the chipset is or where to find a driver. If 
> anyone can suggest something along these lines that would be very useful.

Turn your laptop over and find the Dell Service Tag.  Go to the Dell
website and enter it to bring up the profile of your machine.  Look
through that to find out what wireless card you have installed.  Report
back here.

Try here:

...and see what you can find under the "Original System Configuration" tab.

> Alternatively, USB wireless gadgets are cheap, but perhaps someone can suggest 
> one known to work with this unit/OS version?

Linksys WUSB54GC works easily.  Needs the linux-restricted-modules
package installed.

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