Getting Dell Inspiron 1521 wireless to work under Ubuntu 9.04

It’s been broken for some time, but I’ve discovered a solution via other folks.  See

Here’s a script (save as /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper) to make this work.  Note that this is in addition to the work that must be done to setup ndiswrapper (see or


# This is a workaround for the following bugs:
# The ssb module grabs the BCM4328 device before ndiswrapper
# could get it.  Since the b44 module depends on ssb, ssb 
# cannot be removed independently.  So, the following script
# removes the b44 module (ethernet), then ssb, and ndiswrapper
# and then reloads them in the following order so ndiswrapper
# services the BCM4328 wireless card before ssb can get it.

/sbin/rmmod b44
/sbin/rmmod ssb
/sbin/rmmod ndiswrapper
/sbin/modprobe ndiswrapper
/sbin/modprobe b44

If you want to run this script at boot time (likely), you must do the following:

sudo ln -s /etc/init.d/ndiswrapper /etc/rc2.d/S99ndiswrapper

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