My spell checker in 3.5.4 did work either; actually worse than yours.
Upgrading to 18.104.22.168 solved the problem.
On 13.10.2012 23:03, Dan Hall wrote:
I have LibreOffice 22.214.171.124 on Windows 7 and in Writer the spell check does
not work for spelling errors... it does however correct beginning of
sentence capitalization (automatically) and manual spell check complains of
extra spaces when they exist.
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