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Dell Vostro 1000 wireless connection


Hello, I am a complete novice that would like to start experimenting and using Linux.

I have a dell Vostro 1000 laptop, I have had the same problem with Ubuntu that I am now having with Mint 14 Mate. The problem happens either with the O.S installed on HHD with dual boot or Live CD.

My wireless card Broadcom 1390 will not work. I have selected the wireless driver that is listed in Additional Software at the same time as connected, wired, to my sky router.

The only way I can get Linux to connect wirelessly is through VMware player.

Please help as this is making me steering away from Linux.

Thank you for your help.


  • Goineasy9
    Goineasy9 Posts: 1,114
    If you follow the instructions on this link:

    It will help you determine exactly what card you have and what driver will work with your card. Installation instructions are further down on the page. Unfortunately, older Broadcom chips are a bit problematic, but, getting the correct driver usually helps.
  • Figueirido
    Hello GoinEasy9,
    Thank you somuch for your help. Ihave tried to follow instruction as much as possible (for a complete new person to linux,it was not easy) in following instruction I did come across errors even on updating the system through a wired connection.
    I have tried different systems like: Ubuntu, Mint 12 and 14 also OpenSUSE, all with no joy in getting my WIFI card working.

    I am writing this post using Mint 14 with a Belking USB Card connected to the laptop and using my wireless network (I am impressed) soI assume that linux in generaldoes not like Dell Vostro 4311 Wireless adapter. I will continue with the Belkin USB wireless adapter.
    Thank you so much for all your help.


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