Enabling WPA on a Dell Precision M50 with a True Mobile 1150 wifi card

Posted by james on Nov. 21, 2008

I was just helping a friend by fixing is old Dell laptop, and I ran into a problem. It would not connect to my wireless network, and when I went in to manually add it I noticed there were only Open and WEP, but no WPA. The Truemobile 1150 card technically supports WPA, so I figured I'd download the newer drivers. I logged into Dell's site, entered the service code and found a list of drivers.

There was a Truemobile 1150 "utility", which was no more than a useless diagnostic utility, but no drivers. Finally, searching got me a forum link that found the updated Dell Truemobile 1150 drivers, dated 12/15/2003. The ones on the laptop were dated 7/1/2001.

Why didn't Dell put these updated drivers in the list for the Precision M50? Why do they have such incredibly bad support? This isn't the first time I've run into this kind of nonsense, and compared to my other experiences this is relatively benign.