Dell wireless adapters are far from standard and have caused me many hours of frustration. I have a 4 year old Dell laptop that came with WinXP Media Edition, 17 inch screen that works flawlessly with XP and Ubuntu Versions before 10.10. I have a dual boot set up. Basically after numerous attempts, I can't 'use' any version of Ubuntu (Mint, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, etc) newer than Version 10.04 (Ubuntu and variants are on Version 12.04 about ready to go to 12.10). This is because the wireless adapter driver installed by the newer versions 'breaks' wireless connectivity. So I'm stuck with Version 10 (which is not a bad version), but time does move on. I've tried many times to download and install the old wireless driver from older versions of Ubuntu, but haven't got it to work. So I've basically retired this laptop from daily use. Puppy Linux, SUSE, and Knoppix install flawlessly; its the Ubuntu implementation of the Broadcom driver that breaks my machine. BTW Knoppix is the absolute best Linux distro out there (best looking, everything just works even on some very old machines I have), but I'm unsure of how well it is supported compared to Ubuntu. Might remove Mint 10 from the laptop and try using Knoppix on a daily basis to see how it holds up. YMMVglh
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