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How to set up wifi on mint cinnamon


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#1 ellipantie

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:55 AM

Hi I have installed mint cinnamon on an old Dell Inspiron, the only problem is I can't set up the wifi. I have tried some of the ideas on google without sucess.   I am not the best with computers but I think it something to do with drivers. I would be grateful if anyone could give me some guidence.



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:13 PM

Well usually mint is very good at hardware detection however hare are some wireless devices either incompatible with linux or not very well supported, mainly because a lot of devices were made for windows only and the linux developers have to reverse engeneer some things.

Luckily you could just bypass this and get a external usb Wifi reciever such as this one:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EQT0YK2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00EQT0YK2&linkCode=as2&tag=wireless2016-20&linkId=c8598a4619fd2144bed2463f850e8b54

 

or this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SZEOLG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002SZEOLG&linkCode=as2&tag=wireless2016-20&linkId=71235afda88d99f6f45de52d70199504

 

or this:

https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-TL-WN725N-wireless-network-Adapter/dp/B008IFXQFU

 

Typically TP link is quite linux friendly

 

If you do even more homework anything by atheros and realtek typically works with linux, these are chipsets and not the name on the side of the package.

Anything with belkin will not work.

Broadcom can also causes issues too, avoid anything broadcom unless its the last resort.

I mean broadcom devices will work with linux but its very hit or miss


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 12:39 AM

Is this a laptop?

 

    There is a work-around if your wireless device is not provided for in the kernel itself.  It is called ndiswrapper, which uses native windows drivers. I found myself using ndiswrapper successfully with an unsupported broadcom chipset a few months ago.

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/67003/using-ndiswrapper-for-wireless-networking/


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 12:39 AM

If you have access to an Ethernet cable pop it in the machine then open terminal and type in: sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

 

that should install wireless drivers for you. Hasn't failed me yet!

 

 

using: "sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source" has worked for me when a live distro had connectivity, but not when installed.

 

 

Or if you open "Additional Drivers" it should show you a few options for wireless, video, microcode, etc.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:19 AM

Many thanks for all your suggestions. I will get a hold of an ethernet cable and see what I can download. Again many thanks all.



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:12 PM

Open Driver Manager while Ethernet is connected and IMO choose Firmware-b43-Installer, or the one Viper has suggested.  I'd read up on this years ago and some if not a lot were saying that the bcmwl-kernel-source was a little problematic.  It all depends on what hardware you have, I've never had an issue with the one I posted either.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:43 PM

If you want to post your specs Linux style here is how.  Good for any time you start a new Thread and need some assistance.

 

1. Open Terminal, Ctrl+alt+t will bring up Terminal, if it doesn't open just Click on Menu and you will see the Terminal under “System” in Mint.  Or in Ubuntu's, Open Launcher and Type Terminal.
 
2. For Linux Mint, Copy and Paste this Command into Terminal and Hit Enter.
inxi -Fxz
 
3. For Ubuntu's use this one instead
sudo lshw -short
 
4. Then Click “Edit” in Upper Left of Terminal
> Click “Select All”
> Click “Edit” Again
> Click “Copy”
> Then in your Post, Click the "Code" Box at Top Middle of your Post, which looks like this “< >” and “Ctrl+V” "Pasting" into the Code Box, OR, just into the Body of your next Post will be fine also.

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 12:37 PM

Just out of curiosity (since nobody else has yet asked), what model Inspiron is this.....and how old?

 

I only ask because my own very elderly Inspiron, being a 'budget' model all of 16 years ago, never actually came with wifi from the manufacturer.....only Ethernet. Pointless us giving advice if you haven't even got a wifi chip in there, I would have thought.

 

(In which case Madman's advice will be what you need; go for a USB 'dongle'.)

 

 

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Posted 15 July 2018 - 11:28 PM

Hi Mike, The machine is 2007 and was running xp with wifi. I will wander off today and get a cord (I live at the back of beyond-no mobile reception and broadband is so slow but it's beautiful here) and I'll see what I can get going. I'm not stuck for a machine as i have another laptop running win7 pro.Thanks for your input.

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 03:33 AM

If you have access to an Ethernet cable pop it in the machine then open terminal and type in: sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

 

that should install wireless drivers for you. Hasn't failed me yet!

 

 

using: "sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source" has worked for me when a live distro had connectivity, but not when installed.

 

 

Or if you open "Additional Drivers" it should show you a few options for wireless, video, microcode, etc.

 

This is brilliant! :thumbsup:

 

Over time, we've had many members asking how to get their Broadcom wireless cards to work, there were many loops & hoops to go through, especially for a newbie. 

 

It's outright amazing when this can be done with a single Terminal line. You should create a Tutorial in that section of this forum with the painless answer. :)

 

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Posted 19 July 2018 - 08:40 AM

Actually, if it were my pc, I would find out which driver is best supported by running this command in the Terminal.

lspci -vvnn | grep -A 9 Network

Then you can install the appropriate driver via Terminal or Driver Manager in most cases.

 

Please post back that info and we can take a look.

 

"bcmwl-kernel-source"

"The proprietary Broadcom STA Wireless driver is maintained upstream by Broadcom. As this driver is closed source, fixes in the driver itself may only be provided by Broadcom." 

 

"b43 driver (Open-source)"

"The b43 infrastructure is composed of two parts. The first is the firmware-b43-installer package. This is simply a script to extract and install the b43 driver firmware, maintained by the Ubuntu community. The second is the b43 driver, maintained upstream by the Linux kernel community. Instructions to install the package may be found below."

 

The idea here IMO, is to use the one that is best for the device, AND, use the one that is maintained by the Ubuntu Community.

 

Some of these drivers overlap as you can see, so we should use the Open Source when available...again...IMO.


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