Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE

HI!  I just recently purchased the XPS 8500 and installed Mandriva 2011.   My proble lies in the wireless network and the fact that Mandriva doesn't sense the NIC.  I have been trying to find out, at the very least what the chipset is on the wireless card - would anyone know?  Next question would be - does anyone know of drivers pertaining to the Linux OS?  I'd prefer not to use ndiswrapper but if I must, I will.  Knowing the chipset would be a great help.  Thanks!

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Re: Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE

I also just purchased an XPS 8500 and had the same problem.  The solution offered on the Ubuntu Forums worked for me (ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php  see post #63).  I am running Linux Mint 11 (Gnome) 64-bit.  For the sake of completeness, I'll post the directions here:

uname -r produces: 2.6.38-8-generic

uname -a produces: Linux katya 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:24 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

First upgrade to all latest software using package manager.

$ cd

$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential

$ wget www.orbit-lab.org/.../compat-wireless.tar.bz2

$ tar jxvf compat-wireless.tar.bz2

$ cd compat-wireless*

$ ./scripts/driver-select atheros

$ make

$ sudo make install

$ sudo make unload

$ sudo make wlunload

$ sudo make btunload


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