Aloha! I am trying to switch an old Dell Inspiron mini 10 from Windows 7 to Bodhi. I am at the "Bodhi live" stage of things, and I am unable to connect to the internet. The network manager does not recognize/show any wifi connections even though the computer still connects through Windows (where I am working right now). I have spent a couple days trying to resolve the issue with what is already on the web, but I have not been successful. Thus, I am making a new post with the hope of getting new ideas/support that will help me - and maybe others, too! - understand the problem and resolve it.
Some info that might be relevant:
(1) I don't have a USB or a disk drive, so when I ran UNetbootin, I chose "hard drive" instead of "USB". To boot Bodhi live: I start the computer, the system automatically goes to BIOS, and I select "UNetbootin" instead of "Windows".
(2) I would like to have a better understanding of computer hardware, Linux commands, and their relationship, but I know enough to have started probing into which network adapters Bodhi "sees." When I run the command
in Terminology, I don't see anything in the output about "Dell Wireless 1937 WLAN Mini-Card" or "Microsoft virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter", which are listed in Windows' System Information under Network Adapters. Based on this Ubuntu help page
, I ran
lspci -vvnn | grep -A 9 Network
from which I gathered that I have a Broadcom BCM4313 chip...or maybe 4312 (I know, should've written it down! I can switch to Bodhi and run it again after I finish this post). But definitely a number for which the page suggests bcmwl-kernel-source. However, when I ran
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
at the suggestion of an earlier page, I was asked to insert a disk, which I can't do.
(3)Speaking of problems with requests from Bodhi, I am sometimes asked for a password. Neither leaving it blank nor using my Windows password has worked.
(4) Other system information:
Processor: Intel® Atom CPU N270 @ 1.60GHz, 1600 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date: Dell Inc. A06, 2009-07-29
Network adapters: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card
Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
Any ideas on where the problem lies and what I can do? Your help is appreciated!
P.S. I have done my best to do my own homework and observe forum etiquette, but I am open to feedback if I have committed any faux pas.