I have a problem to have my Dell Wireless 1390 to work.
The computer is a Dell Inspiron 1501, Athlon64 dual core, right now with SMP and in 64 bit, but I've had problems with a lot of different configurations (32 and 64 bits, single core enabled as well as dual).
The wifi card is a Broadcom 4311, connected to the motherboard through a mini-PCIe connector.
Some relevant info:
cognac % ndiswrapper -l
bcmwl5 : driver installed
device (14E4:4311) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)
cognac % ndiswrapper -v
utils version: 1.9
driver version: 1.37
vermagic: 2.6.20 SMP mod_unload
cognac % uname -a
Linux cognac 2.6.20 #1 SMP Mon Feb 12 10:40:09 CET 2007 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Description of the problems:
iwconfig wlan0 essid "whatever" does not work at all.
wpa_supplicant and WEP encryption have never worked.
When autoloaded, the ESSID is changed to the SSID of some unencrypted wifi connection and the connection is ok. Precisely,
It looks weird to me.
I've tried to enable DEBUG* messages, but I don't manage to understand anything.
Do you have any idea ?
Read FAQ in wiki about not being able to set ssid (especially WEP encryption). Follow up with giving details (scan results, how you set ssid, 'dmesg' output and so on).