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How to enable wireless in Ubuntu 13.04 on a Dell Inspiron 1501

This process is exactly the same as the one documented in my earlier post regarding Ubuntu 12.10. I’ve included it below for posterity.

This post discusses how to enable wireless in Ubuntu 13.04 on a Dell Inspiron 1501. Read on for instructions:

These instructions also work with 12.04 and 12.10 and 13.10 and I believe (although I haven’t tested) with 11.10 and 11.04. Earlier versions I have no idea.

  • Make sure you are connected to the internet with an Ethernet cable.
  • Run the following commands in the terminal:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source broadcom-sta-common broadcom-sta-source
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
  • After the commands have completed unplug the network cable and restart your laptop.
  • On first login press Fn + F2, the WiFi light should come on near the power button and the option for WiFi and connecting to WiFi networks should appear in the network connections applet near the clock.

This got me up and running and the next thing I did was move from Unity to XFCE. The 1501 can run Unity 3D just fine but I found that the interface was too laggy for my liking, which I put down to the age of the machine rather than Unity itself. XFCE runs much faster and it’s interface stays out of your way allowing you more screen real estate for activities like programming and browsing.

This was how to enable wireless in Ubuntu 12.10 on a Dell Inspiron 1501

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Jason Edwards

  • Aaron

    “How to enable wireless in Ubuntu 13.04 on a Dell Inspiron 1501” ended
    up being a very wonderful article, . Continue writing and I am going to continue to keep browsing!
    Thanks a lot -Juana

  • It works! Wi-fi is working again in a Latitude D630 with Edubuntu 13.04. Thanks a lot!

  • ritesh kumar

    It works even for ubuntu 13.10 .. Simple and easy to understand ..

    • jasonsedwards

      I’m glad this works for you. I hadn’t actually got round to testing it on Ubuntu 13.10. I appreciate you getting in touch.

    • Thanks for letting me know. I’m glad it worked for you.

  • exsencon

    It works for me too on Ubuntu 13.10. Not on the live DVD though, had to install it first (created a partition for it) and then I did your thing and it works like a charm. Thanks a lot.