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How to connect wifi to Dell 3180 inspiron laptop?
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sah0724

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 02:42    Post subject:  How to connect wifi to Dell 3180 inspiron laptop?  

I try to install wifi and no interfaces are shown, I don't know what to do. I think Puppy can't find any of my network adapters...

This netbook doesn't have ethernet, only wifi...
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:17    Post subject:  

Welcome to Puppy Land!

Always, always, always tell use the exact Puppy version you are using!!!
There are about 300 different ones and they are all slightly different.
Example:
Xenialpup 7.5

menu>System>Pup-Sysinfo>Devices>Network

Copy and paste into a post what the network devices shows for information.

Did this laptop come with Windows 10 or Chrome for an operating system?

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:27    Post subject:  

network controller 0280 qualcom atheror qca9565 / ar9565 wireless netork adapter rev 1.
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:29    Post subject:  

I need this info.

Always, always, always tell use the exact Puppy version you are using!!!
There are about 300 different ones and they are all slightly different.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:31    Post subject:  

laptop came with windows 10

hold on
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:33    Post subject:  

XenialPup64 7.5
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:42    Post subject:  

OK.
Thanks for the information.

Xenialpup64 7.5 should have the firmware and kernel modules for that network hardware.

A lot of laptops have an on/off switch for wifi.
Could be a combination of fn key and some other key.
Some other key combo.
An airplane key.
A actual physical switch.

So make sure the wifi is turned on.
Hopefully it has a wifi on light to show that.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:47    Post subject:  

unbuntu works fine but lagged since this is more like a very slow network... this is what the laptop looks like.

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-Laptop-Computer-Black/dp/B07BNC445K

I was really just gonna sell it for 80 bucks and done it, it's pretty slow hence the reason I was looking for a lightweight linux distro...

The wifi works fine on all other distros except puppy.... so if you can't advise anything I'll just switch to something else.
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:53    Post subject:  

What are you doing to try and connect?
You could just be doing it wrong.

If there is a wifi off/on switch.
Puppy Linux does not auto turn on wifi if it is turned off.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 03:59    Post subject:  

Bionicpup64 7.9.8 may be a better Puppy to try.
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/test/bionicpup/bionicpup64-7.9.8.iso

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 04:01    Post subject:  

thank you, my laptop has no switch on it.
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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 04:05    Post subject:  

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I was really just gonna sell it for 80 bucks and done it, it's pretty slow hence the reason I was looking for a lightweight linux distro...

There are people using similar hardware with Puppy Linux and they do not complain about it being slow.

I am posting this from a laptop with less hardware specs.
It runs fast to me.
It is similar to your laptop, just older hardware.
You have a newer processor and newer wifi hardware.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 04:11    Post subject:  

This can be figured out.
But we only know what you tell use.
You do what?
You see what?

To really understand what is going on.

Menu>Setup>Internet Connection Wizard>Wired or Wireless>Network Wizard

When it opens to the first window it shows no network interfaces?

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 04:16    Post subject:  

With this hardware this Puppy may provide better support for the hardware.

bigpup wrote:
Bionicpup64 7.9.8 may be a better Puppy to try.
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/test/bionicpup/bionicpup64-7.9.8.iso

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Feb 2019, 04:25    Post subject:  

sah0724 wrote:
thank you, my laptop has no switch on it.

The manual for inspiron-11-3000 series-laptop says this:
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