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frkingz
March 24th, 2009, 02:56 AM
Hi,

Recently bought Dell Mini 9 with XP. Bought a new harddrive and installed Ubuntu 8.10.

Everything worked great for about a week. Now no wireless. Wireless originally worked fine. Now it doesn't. Wired works fine.

Removed new harddrive, put in original with XP, wireless works fine.

Removed network-manager and replaced it with wicd, still no wireless.

Downloaded all updates including pre-release updates, no wireless.

Deleted Ubuntu, installed Xubuntu, no wireless.

Tried Kubuntu, no wireless.

Reinstalled Ubuntu, no wireless.

Tried everything else I could find on the internet, enabling broadcom drivers, FN+2 to turn on wireless, about twenty other things, still no wireless.

Any help appreciated. New to Linux but can usually figure things out myself with the help of Google. This is driving me nuts.

I have a feeling it is something simple and stupid. Something to do with eth1 and eth0 but I don't know enough about Linux to figure it out.

Thank you very much.

frk@hal9000d:~$ iwconfig

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 IEEE 802.11 Nickname:""

Access Point: Not-Associated

pan0 no wireless extensions.



frk@hal9000d:~$ ifconfig

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:21:70:ca:48:ca

inet addr:192.168.1.104 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0

inet6 addr: fe80::221:70ff:feca:48ca/64 Scope:Link

UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1

RX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:46 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

RX bytes:2477 (2.4 KB) TX bytes:7098 (7.0 KB)

Interrupt:220 Base address:0x2000



eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1a:73:2d:9a:15

inet6 addr: fe80::21a:73ff:fe2d:9a15/64 Scope:Link

UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1

RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

Interrupt:17



lo Link encap:Local Loopback

inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0

inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host

UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1

RX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:0

RX bytes:4000 (4.0 KB) TX bytes:4000 (4.0 KB)


frk@hal9000d:~$ sudo iwlist scan

[sudo] password for frk:

lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth1 Scan completed :

Cell 01 - Address: 00:1C:10:32:73:A0

ESSID:"linksys"

Mode:Managed

Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)

Quality:5/5 Signal level:-25 dBm Noise level:-92 dBm

Encryption key:off

Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s

24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s

12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s



pan0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

frkingz
March 24th, 2009, 05:02 AM
Well I figured it out myself finally. Was ridiuclously simple.

Opened up Wicd preferences and in the Wireless interface box I placed eth1. Detected wireless netowrk and connected right up.

Strange though that reinstalling fresh copies of Ubuntu several times never solved the problem by itself. Anyone know if this is specific to the Dell Mini or is it a common problem?

Very frustrating for a new Ubuntu user like me.