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robertalrp
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Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

Hello

I hold a Dell Venue Pro 11 7130 and I'm looking for Linux distros which are compatible with it. In particular the linux operative systems I've being trying so far do boot but none of them do recognize the wireless adapter (It does work properly under the preinstalled windows instead).

It does frustrate me because other devices coming with the Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260 do connect under linux, whereas on my tablet the network adapter is not even recognized at all.

I would ask if this issue arises out from some hardware features (chipset/proprietrary drivers/other) specifically depending on this Dell tablet? In other terms, by purchasing an external adapter totally supported by Linux could I avoid to run into the incompatibility or should I purchase another tablet to connect to the internet under Linux?

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Adimansi
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RE: Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

Compatibility issues are fewer these days.

My recommendation is to stick Ubuntu on a flash drive and run the ''live' version. You will quickly see compatibility issues without compromising your current installation. I think SuSE has a live distro too

It is possible to use ndiswrapper, or windows network tool in linux, to use the windows .inf file to ensure your wireless works. just make sure you have the .inf file handy and it should work. 

Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830) :: Kingston 64GB mSDHC Class 10 :: Plugable UD-PRO8 Dock
Targus SafePort :: Windows 10 32bit Pro :: No Problem
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robertalrp
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RE: Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

Thank you for your reply. I already did it actually, here are all the distro I've tried so far in live mode:

1) distro which do run and work but they don't recognize the adapter:

  • Backbox 4.4
  • Fedora 23
  • Kali linux 2.0
  • Kali linux light 2.0
  • Linuxmint 17.3 Cinnamon
  • Lubuntu 15.10
  • Tails 1.8.1
  • Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 15.10 mate

2) distro which had other issues:

  • Tails 1.8.1 (version created with unebootin did work very badly, whereas YUMI did not make it boot at all)
  • Lxle 14.4.3 (no driver video recognized, so I could not check the adapter)
  • Slacko 6.3.0 (it did not boot)
  • OpenSUSE-Leap-42.1 (no live option, so I couldn't verify)

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Adimansi
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RE: Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

Thank you for your reply. I already did it actually, here are all the distro I've tried so far in live mode:

1) distro which do run and work but they don't recognize the adapter:

  • Backbox 4.4
  • Fedora 23
  • Kali linux 2.0
  • Kali linux light 2.0
  • Linuxmint 17.3 Cinnamon
  • Lubuntu 15.10
  • Tails 1.8.1
  • Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 15.10 mate

2) distro which had other issues:

  • Tails 1.8.1 (version created with unebootin did work very badly, whereas YUMI did not make it boot at all)
  • Lxle 14.4.3 (no driver video recognized, so I could not check the adapter)
  • Slacko 6.3.0 (it did not boot)
  • OpenSUSE-Leap-42.1 (no live option, so I couldn't verify)



 

Introduction
Ndiswrapper is a Linux module which allows Ubuntu to use the Windows driver for wireless cards. One may want to use ndiswrapper for a number of reasons:

  1. No open source driver provided in the Ubuntu repositories.
  2. The driver provided by default in Ubuntu is not working out.
  3. The proprietary driver provided by the card vendor is not working out.
  4. Test ndiswrapper performance versus alternative driver(s).
  5. Test hardware failure for your card.



There is also a GUI front end instead of the command line.



Try LinuxLite, it might work without using the above method.

Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830) :: Kingston 64GB mSDHC Class 10 :: Plugable UD-PRO8 Dock
Targus SafePort :: Windows 10 32bit Pro :: No Problem
HERE'S HOW

Adimansi
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RE: Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

I posted a reply but it hasn't yet been approved. 

Ndiswrapper will solve your problem. Hopefully my earlier reply will be approved soon.

Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830) :: Kingston 64GB mSDHC Class 10 :: Plugable UD-PRO8 Dock
Targus SafePort :: Windows 10 32bit Pro :: No Problem
HERE'S HOW

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robertalrp
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RE: Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

Hi,

I had a look to what you suggested to me but I didn't find my network adapter among those listed in the info page, thank you anyway.

(BTW I noticed that it's not intel-dual-band-wireless-n-7260 but Dell Wireless 1537,  I don't know why the review I read on reported the n-7260)

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Adimansi
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RE: Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

ndiswrapper uses the windows driver .inf file therefore it should/will work with any adapter you have the .inf file for. 

Dell Venue 8 Pro (5830) :: Kingston 64GB mSDHC Class 10 :: Plugable UD-PRO8 Dock
Targus SafePort :: Windows 10 32bit Pro :: No Problem
HERE'S HOW

robertalrp
1 Copper

RE: Linux compatibility with Dell Venue Pro (wireless)

On the documentation is written that I cannot install the packages within the live session:
"

2.1.3. Installing Packages without internet access

  • Without an Internet connection, you can still install ndiswrapper-utils from the Desktop CD. If you installed from that, the repository in which ndiswrapper-utils is found is on the CD, but not within the live session. You need to boot into your new Ubuntu installation and then reinsert the Desktop CD. You will be asked if you want to add the packages on the CD to your list of repositories. Put the CD into the drive, click System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager and search for ndis. If you don't know how to install applications, read this guide.

"

Me I don't want to install Linux on my tablet, just want to use it within the live session, and I cannot connect to the internet in other ways 😕

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