Dell Inspiron 1420 Laptop

  6 years ago
  Dell (Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 @ 1.66 GHz x2 with Intel M965 Graphics)
  Mint (older version)
  Works perfectly
What works:

2015-02-06: As of today, everything tested now works.

What doesn't work:

2015-02-06: Known issues resolved. See resolution notes in next section.

What was done to make it work:

2015-02-06 I did a fresh install giving Linux Mint the whole drive as the Vista installation was no longer needed. Wireless was still not working. Figured out to get id of network cards and determined that wireless card was bcm4311, a known troublemaker. Forum searches and tests of suggested fixes produced a resolution. Final steps taken:

sudo apt-get purge bcmwl-kernel-source
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer


*Last step produced response that b43 was already installed.
*Fixing wireless card also resolved an issue of system hanging at shutdown/restart.

Additional notes:

This is one of two older (8 years old) laptops that I am now running under Linux because I no longer have valid installer disks for a supported version of Windows.

This is also a major threshold event. I have been working with different flavors of Linux since 1999, and this is the first time any distro had completely replaced all the functions I needed and got from Windows. Congratulations to the Linux Mint team!