• No wireless driver ?


    Working on a 2007 Latitude Dell D830 to give to a grandson. As Windows XP it worked ok. I wiped it and installed Mint 20.2 and everything works but wireless. It does not recognize my wireless router sitting on top of my desk 3 feet away nor any other wireless network in the area. Ethernet works. At one time I saw a message saying something like “a different wireless driver is installed instead”. Whatever it is, it ain’t working.  I checked and cleaned the wireless card connections. Still nothing. If the card or connection was the problem, it wouldn’t have worked before installing Mint, but it did work.  I’ve been using a newer (2013) Latitude dual booting with Mint 17 and that works fine.  Is it possible the 2007 laptop is simply too old for any Linux wireless driver? Might installing the older Mint 17 work?

    If I can get the wireless working, I’ll buy a smallish SSD drive, also a power cord, as I’m borrowing one from another laptop.

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      I’m running Mint 19.2 on 4 computers with a wide assortment of hardware. All worked flawlessly with wifi except for an HP ca2009 laptop. My solution was to get a Panda PAU06 wireless dongle. It’s got its own drivers for linux. Just plug it into a usb port. It immediately recognized the router and I got connected. Then I either started the driver manager or it started itself, and it offered the correct driver for the internal wifi. Installed it and no longer needed the Panda dongle. I would not, though, that the Panda dongle worked better than the internal wifi.

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        I’ve had a Buffalo USB wireless dongle, with a CD for installing, for several years. It’s “the answer” for getting drivers after newly installing an OS that has zero connections.  Mint 20.2 just tells me I’m all set and don’t need any drivers…. but I do.

        Agreed that I’d rather have a driver for the internal card. Besides, an 11-year old kid would probably lose or break the dongle within a few days.

        I don’t give up easily.

        Thanks for the reply.

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