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I have a dell inspiron 1501 laptop running ubuntu 10.04. I don't use the default wifi card but a belkin pcmcia wireless card wich uses I think atheros chipset. When computer starts after boot it automatically loads gui and logs in a user without having to enter a password. The wifi doesn't connect automatically so each time I have to press fn+f2 to turn wifi on. The person that uses the computer is 75 so he can't press the buttons all the time the computer starts so I need to fix this! I have tried to install the b43 driver as indicated here (yes I know I am not using the broadcom driver but I didn't really know what else to do). No Wireless with Dell Inspiron 1501 only the package b43-fwcutter is available not firmware-b43-installer I was asked if I wanted to install the driver so I cliked yes. Of course this didn't work. When I looked in the proprietary drivers section nothing it said that no proprietary driver was used and no proposition to download anything.

I was thinking about creating a script and make it run right after booting to simulate the pressing of the 2 keys but I don't know how to make bash simulate key presses.

Could it be a possible solution or should I do something else? I don't want the user to have to enter any passwords or type anything it has to be all automatic and in the background. thanks a lot

EDIT: oups I just realized the ubuntu 10.04 is EOL but what if a solution could be applied to any other version I mean running a script at boot?

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Please open the terminal(ctrl+alt+t) run the commands one line at a time: lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net lsusb nm-tool sudo iwlist scan iwconfig rfkill list all lsmod post the output at pastebin.com then post the link here. Thanks –  Wild Man Aug 31 '13 at 2:27

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