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September 1st, 2009, 04:28 PM
Hello there

I installed ubuntu for the first time today and most things is actually going quite well. There is just one thing that I can't seem to get working. My wireless network card.

I've been googeling for a while and tried some different thing but still not working.

lspci gives me:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
00:02.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (ext gfx port 0)
00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI2 Controller
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h HyperTransport Configuration (rev 40)
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Link Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS780M/RS780MN [Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M92 [Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series]
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
04:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)iwconfig

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

pan0 no wireless extensions.


iwlist scan

lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

pan0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

* Reconfiguring network interfaces... [ OK ]
On my laptop I also have that little wireless network lamp that is supposed to be lit but it's not. I've tried to use the "Fn" + F2(wireless on/off) but with no luck, the computer doesn't even respond on it but all other "Fn" combinations work well.

I've tried the following thing to fix it:
apt-get install linux-backports-modules-$(uname -r)
when I do this I get an error that in the end says "Are you root?"
I saw somewhere that sudo -i sent me to root so I tried that
and when I do this and then apt-get install linux-backports-modules-$(uname -r) again my ubuntu installs something. I have rebooted several times and still doesn't work.


Please tell me if you want any more information.
Thanks in advance
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Paul7777
September 1st, 2009, 04:44 PM
Unzoomed...You are not alone, I have been working on installing a Linux system for 3 months now. I have lost my O/S 2 times through experimenting.

I really like Linux. I finally decided on the Wubi installation of Ubuntu. I did the upgrade and " poof " no wifi. It dies in both Windows Vista and Ubuntu. So I reinstall and do not do an update. It lasted less than 3 hours. I have backups of drive "C" and have done that twice in 24 hours.

I am now reading that the WIFI needs to be upgraded to something. I have an Acer Aspire 5100.

I hope to get this resolved. I read the forums ( Lurker ). Most of the Language might as well be French. There must be an easy solution. I really want to be able to use Ubuntu. I also need Windows, as much of our company applications require it.

I am not giving up.......Yet