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Dell Inspiron Mini 10 (Solved)
« on: November 22, 2014, 06:52:43 pm »
I am working on a dell Inspiron Mini 10 for a friend of mine the machine boots linux mint cinnamon and mate to the desktop but shows no WIFI... 
Since i foresee this to be a problem I am going to install peppermint 5 shortly and would appreciate any help i can get with the onboard WIFI....
thanks in advance...  :P
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2014, 07:09:01 pm »
For Peppermint 5, connect to your router via an ethernet cable and run:
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sudo apt install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer firmware-b43legacy-installer linux-firmware-nonfree
wireless should work now.

If not, post the output from:
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2014, 07:22:35 pm »
I will give it a shot and let you know tomorrow, its about quitting time for me and the router is two flights down the steps...  thanks for the advice Mark as always...  will copy this to my stick and try it out....
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2014, 11:24:03 am »
OK here is my dilemma, I ran hirens boot cd and checked the hard drive out and it was fine...
After install of peppermint 5 to the hard drive, the machine goes thru the bios and then halts on a black screen, and says NO Operating system found...
However if I insert my USB stick it finds pep 5 and lets me boot live USB...
I'm lost, what happened to the install, any suggestions?
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2014, 11:55:13 am »
From the liveUSB, what's the output from:
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sudo fdisk -l
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2014, 12:19:25 pm »
I had two usb sticks in there, one for copying the info off, and the other is my pep 5 usb stick....   ;)

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peppermint@peppermint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000732e8

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048   310503423   155250688   83  Linux
/dev/sda2       310505470   312580095     1037313    5  Extended
/dev/sda5       310505472   312580095     1037312   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 4005 MB, 4005560320 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 486 cylinders, total 7823360 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00bf1c1b

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *        2048     7823359     3910656    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Disk /dev/sdc: 1031 MB, 1031798784 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 125 cylinders, total 2015232 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00eb69af

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1   *          63     2015231     1007584+   b  W95 FAT32
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2014, 12:41:20 pm »
I'm going to assume GRUB stage one didn't get installed to the master boot record

From the LiveUSB/LiveCD run:
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sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
then:
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for i in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do sudo mount -B $i /mnt$i; done
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sudo chroot /mnt
then
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grub-install --recheck /dev/sda
then
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update-grub
then
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exit
then shutdown and boot to the hard drive
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2014, 01:35:52 pm »
well i am going to copy this verbatim to my stick and give it a whirl... 
this is weird mark, i did use hirens boot cd and booted their gparted linux loaded with tools, and after copying all their documents and such to my external drive, i used gparted to kill all partitions on the drive...  So it was a blank drive when i installed pep 5, so i chose use entire disk when installing, and this is what i ended up with.... 
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2014, 01:46:59 pm »
No luck still says no operating system found...
copied and pasted all your commands in order they completed without any errors...
its almost like the bios is not seeing the hard drive on bootup cause it tries all other ways to boot before the error comes up it tries usb then lan etc....
i checked the bios the main screen lists the drive correctly, and so does the bootup order screen and i see no switches that could have been turned off for a hard drive...
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2014, 03:14:32 pm »
For the record, it was with a Dell Inspiron 5423, that I recently purchased and subsequently returned to Walmart, that I could not get Wi-Fi to work in Peppermint either.
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2014, 05:05:47 pm »
So it's not even displaying a GRUB prompt ?

Does it boot to the hard drive if you boot to the LiveUSB, then instead of selecting "Try Peppermint" or "Install Peppermint" select the option to boot from the hard drive.
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2014, 05:11:09 pm »
I will try that and also I am going to look at the drive under the live usb and make sure everything copied over to it....
no is the answer to any grub meni i get the checking usb, then checking lan, then no os installed and it halts....
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2014, 05:17:08 pm »
Is there a boot device selection screen (maybe F12) .. and is the hard drive listed there ?

So immediately after turning on the PC, start stabbing away at the F12 key .. does it give you a list of available devices ? and is the HDD listed ? .. if so, what happens if you select it and hit enter to boot from it ?
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2014, 06:41:59 pm »
yes there is an f12 i been using that to switch to the usb device... 
in answer to previous questions no it does not boot from pep5 menu when i select boot from first hard disk i get a message but it goes by so fast all i can make ou is something or another about syslinux....
I checked with file manager and it lists the 159 gig drive on left when i click on it it appears everything was copied i see a bunch of folders....
I will go try the f12 key now and get back to you....  :)

EDIT: Contents of f12 menu are hard drive then usb device then cd dvd then network then diagnostics....  when i choose hard drive it fails and goes straight to usb and boots pep 5 live usb....  If i remove the stick it just fails....
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Re: Dell Inspiron Mini 10
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2014, 06:48:07 pm »
The output from fdisk shows 3 drives .. do you have something like an SD card inserted ?

160GB HDD

4GB - Probably USB stick ?

1GB  - ??
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