Problems with Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop using Ubuntu 10.10

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I encountered a problem using my newly installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop. According to it, a firmware is missing. At the same time, my wireless network isn’t working too. I don’t know what to do about this. Kindly tell me, what’s the cause of the problem?

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Answered By 5 points N/A #101137

Problems with Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop using Ubuntu 10.10

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Hi Jimmy,

A firmware is a set of information stored physically in a device itself that rules how it works. A firmware is missing and the wireless network doesn't work. This is what happened, when you installed Ubuntu it must have erased the firmware that was stored in the device you use for the wireless network. Its rare for a operating system to erase a firmware but could happen. The solution is to install it from the cd that came with your device to download it from the website of the network device manufacturer. If you failed doing both of that then get your device to where you bought it.

Answered By 0 points N/A #101138

Problems with Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop using Ubuntu 10.10

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The error might not from the Ubuntu operating system. The error occurs because there are problems with your laptops hardware. Or the Ubuntu operating system runs under your computer but the system detects some of hardware attached in your laptop that requires firmware to run in Ubuntu operating system.

There is some hardware that is not working in Ubuntu. Most of these are from Microsoft related hardware specially Intel Motherboards, sound device, network and wireless adapters. The reason behind this is manufacturers for this product doesn’t release a binary file for their drivers.

As of today, Ubuntu developers are trying to resolve this issue. You may find updates of drivers from Ubuntu support site.

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Problems with Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop using Ubuntu 10.10

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You can install Linux Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 1150 but the problem is the drivers for the hardware. Dell doesn’t have any drivers designed for Ubuntu. They only provide drivers for Microsoft Windows. To download the drivers, go to Support for Dell Inspiron 1150. This page doesn’t detect your operating system automatically.

Dell Inspiron 1150
Dell Inspiron 1150

So, before downloading, select your correct operating system then download and install all appropriate drivers and software for your computer. It seems this Dell model is very old and the supported operating system is Windows XP only. You can also select to download files that you can run on the command prompt.

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