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DELL 1545 Inspirion and mint 13 64bit or 32bit
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:51:53 pm »
I expect to be installing mint 13 on this laptop in May when visiting some relations overseas.

Dose anyone know of any known issues with this lap top and mint 13?

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Re: DELL 1545 Inspirion and mint 13 64bit or 32bit
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 01:14:32 pm »
Whilst Ubuntu say it's "Certified for Ubuntu" 12.04 (which Mint 13 is based on):
http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/hardware/200912-4897/

There seems to be some confusion over the ethernet adapter and card reader from Ubuntu Friendly entries:
https://friendly.ubuntu.com/12.04/Dell%20Inc./Inspiron%201545/i:C4I:BrLDXp:Jw8:BEG:LA:BEip:E2z:BYQ:M:BEi/
Where 2 entries say everything works .. but 3 others say they've had issues with the ethernet adapter and card reader .. one even suggests the USB controllers don't work (but I'm sure that's wrong).

A quick search around the internet only seems to suggest the need to install bcmwl-kernel-source to get the wireless working .. which may be difficult if the ethernet adapter doesn't work, so it may be worth having a "known to work out of the box" USB wireless adapter handy just in case.

But easy enough to test the hardware compatibility with a LiveCD/LiveUSB anyway .. so probably a good idea to test the ethernet adapter works from a LiveCD/LiveUSB before installing :)

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Re: DELL 1545 Inspirion and mint 13 64bit or 32bit
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 04:13:07 pm »
Thanks for the tips.  I will take the USB wireless that works on my mint 13 laptop.

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Re: DELL 1545 Inspirion and mint 13 64bit or 32bit
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 04:59:38 pm »
"the need to install bcmwl-kernel-source"  Can you explain how to do this so I can make notes.

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Re: DELL 1545 Inspirion and mint 13 64bit or 32bit
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 05:07:06 pm »
As long as you have a working internet connection:
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sudo apt-get install linux-headers generic build-essential dkms bcmwl-kernel-source 
should do the trick.

You may have to reboot, or modprobe the wl driver afterwards:
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sudo modprobe wl
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Re: DELL 1545 Inspirion and mint 13 64bit or 32bit
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2013, 05:38:30 pm »
Thank you.

 


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