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February 15th, 2012, 03:29 AM
My mother uses an old Asus EEE PC 1000HA with UNR 10.04 Lucid to watch YouTube. This model is notorious for having wireless driver problems which I managed to fix using ndiswrapper and these instructions (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1191178).

After two years, wireless has stopped working. I have double checked that the physical wireless switch on the laptop is turned on.

╭─root@nanking ~
╰─➤ lshw -C network 2012.02.14 20:25:04 CST
description: Ethernet interface
product: Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller
vendor: Atheros Communications
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
logical name: eth0
version: b0
serial: 00:23:54:f6:ee:e4
size: 100MB/s
capacity: 100MB/s
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=ATL1E driverversion= duplex=full firmware=L1e ip= latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s
resources: irq:27 memory:fbfc0000-fbffffff ioport:ec00(size=128)

╭─root@nanking ~
╰─➤ lspci | grep Ethernet 2012.02.14 20:26:25 CST
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCI-E Ethernet Controller (rev b0)

I'm not sure how the wireless card could have just disappeared and am open to any suggestions.

February 16th, 2012, 07:08 AM
lspci | grep EthernetI'm not sure how the wireless card could have just disappeared and am open to any suggestions.
Firstly, that command should only have 'net', not 'ethernet', because wireless adapter is not ethernet. So the correct form would be-

lspci | grep -i net
Even better (to list the associated bus and driver as well):

lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net

However, since lshw doesn't show it, I don't think lspci could either. A couple of quick checks:

Go into BIOS and see if it appears there and is enabled
This page (http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4655) suggests the wireless card is located in a user-accessible area
A single panel houses the hard drive, wireless card, and single ram slot, making the process of swapping out the parts as painless as possible.. Open the panel and make sure the card is seated properly.
If both these checks come out ok, try a live cd/usb to see if it is detected there.

February 17th, 2012, 08:10 AM
Thanks. I'm working remotely so I can't inspect the laptop physically, and there's only so much I can ask my mom to do. I'll definitely do these suggestions the first chance I get.