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mymini9 mymini9 is offline
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Default Driver Linux for Dell Wireless 5530 HSPA Mobile Broadband Minicard NetworkAdapter - 06-13-2010, 04:38 AM

Dear all,
do anyone know DRIVER FOR Dell Mini 9 can't detect or install Dell Wireless 5530
HSPA Mobile Broadband Minicard NetworkAdapter (MODEM BROADBAND) in distro Linux UBuntu?
Any suggest?
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Default 06-17-2010, 03:48 AM

Originally Posted by alejaaandro View Post
nope... didn't work...

i get the same thing that i got before... i get to the splash screen and then it goes to a black screen... i go to a terminal (ctrl+alf+f1) and get the following loop
Attempting /dev/scd0 
Attempting /dev/scd1
etc until /dev/scd3
and then starts over from sdc0.. if i modify syslinux.cfg to boot=usb instead of boot=cd i get

Found usb flash drive at /dev/sdb
will now mount root from /dev/sdb
and then it just stops there with the cursor blinking

I did something stupid. A friend gave me their min 9 to put win 7 on it for her, well I never checked the size of the hard drive and didn't realize it was only a 4 gig ssd. Never even occurred to me to check, I haven't seen a 4 gig drive in any form for like 10 years.

So now I'm trying to put the ubuntu install that came with it back on using a usb stick, I don't have a usb external optical drive.

I used the 8.04 disk that came with it and made an iso out of it. Then created the usb install with unetbootin, that all seems to be fine I think.

Splash screen pops up, hit enter to install, type proceed to reset to factory defaults, then it just sits there on a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left.

Until I ran across the post above I didn't know how to get to the terminal but it appears I'm having the same problem he did.

Attempting /dev/scd0
Attempting /dev/scd1
Attempting /dev/scd2
Attempting /dev/scd3
repeating forever.

How can I make it look for the usb stick instead of searching for a cd drive?

Pulling my hair out....
Any help is appreciated
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Default 06-17-2010, 12:55 PM

Okay, I found a post elsewhere where someone edited the syslinux.cfg file and got it to work. So I made a backup of the old file and edited it to match.

New syslinux.cfg file text.

DEFAULT vesamenu.c32

MENU TITLE Dell System Restore DVD

MENU COLOR disabled * #ff000000 * *
MENU COLOR hotsel * #ff000000 * *
MENU COLOR unsel * #ff000000 * none
MENU COLOR pwdheader * #ff000000 * none
MENU COLOR pwdentry * #ff000000 * none

MENU LABEL Welcome to the Dell Mini Restore DVD.
MENU LABEL This tool will erase all data on your system
MENU LABEL and return your system to the factory defaults.
MENU LABEL Press "Enter" to continue.

LABEL restore
MENU LABEL Start Dell Mini Restore
MENU PASSPROMPT "Type 'proceed' to restore to factory defaults:
KERNEL vmlinuz
APPEND initrd=initrd0.img boot=usb

That got me a lot further, it's no longer stuck at trying to find a cdrom.
Now it's getting stuck at "will mount root from /dev/sdb"

It just sits there. The light on the usb stick is blinking non stop so I think it's trying to do something.

Now I'm truly stumped, I've got 50+ tabs open and am no closer to finding an answer. Yes, I'm a linux noob. Flame me if that's what it takes, but if anyone can help I'll be grateful.
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Default 06-17-2010, 04:47 PM


I can't afford it right now, but I went ahead and bought a usb external dvd drive.

What a pain in the ass.
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Default 06-18-2010, 07:11 PM

I hope the USB optical drive works for you. I have one, too. Although I seldom need it, it's very useful at times.

Mini 9 | Intel 5100 Wifi | Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
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Default 09-30-2010, 04:25 PM

Hello, I have a Dell mini 9 that came with the 8 GB ssd and preinstalled with ubuntu, I had installed windows on it, but now wish to go back to ubuntu but lost my original disk. I can not for the life of me find a good download source. Does anyone know of a good dl source?
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Default 10-15-2010, 07:20 PM

I don't want to be unhelpful but, there is no real benefit at this point using the original dell 8.04 remix. The LPIA architecture has basically been abandoned and never really provided a benefit. 10.04 is the current lts release and has a much nicer netbook interface. It is also so much easier to find programs compiled for i386 than for lpia. I remember hacking the skype installer to allow it to run lpia, it was a huge pain.
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