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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

Baby #4 Ultrasound

We had the ultrasound for baby Stewart #4 last week, and to our sheer amazement, we found out it was a boy!  The technician also changed the due date from January 26th to January 15th, so we’ll see how that all goes down…Any ideas on names?  We only had girl names picked out.


The only 3-D shot she could get with his face in it
The only 3-D shot she could get with his face in it