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number7
July 22nd, 2008, 06:36 PM
Hello
I have just installed ubuntu 8.04, its my first go at linux and have two problems, probably more I dont know yet.
1)The mouse on my dell latitude c510 seems to float around not in my controll.
2) I cant get the wireless pccard to work even following a how to file. Is there a way in ubuntu to see what devices you have installed and what drivers are installed.
Any help appreciated
Thanks
number7

northern lights
July 22nd, 2008, 10:39 PM
Can you post the output of
sudo lshw -C network

As for the mouse, do you have the package "xserver-xorg-input-synaptics" installed?

If not, run
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

Also run "sudo apt-get install gsynaptics" and tinker with the settings in gsynaptics.

number7
July 23rd, 2008, 06:48 PM
northern lights m8, where do I find sudo. Is it like command line in windows. Sorry but I am learning from dos,win3.1,95,98,2000,me.xp and it is different.

northern lights
July 23rd, 2008, 06:57 PM
mkey.

Start a terminal (konsole in KDE). There should be an entry in your "applications" menu. If not, hit "Alt+F2" and enter "gnome-terminal".

Paste the the first line from the last post into the terminal (keyboard shortcut "Shift+Ctrl+V"), hit enter. There's some detail on your network devices. Copy it here ("Edit" menu or "Shift+Ctrl+C").

Run
aptitude search xserver-xorg-input-synaptics the same way and see whether there's an "i" flag next to "xserver-xorg-input-synaptics" (to the left). If not run,
sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

number7
July 23rd, 2008, 07:41 PM
*-network
description: Wireless interface
product: AR5212/AR5213 Multiprotocol MAC/baseband processor
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:07:00.0
logical name: wifi0
version: 01
serial: 00:0f:3d:84:ad:0c
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath_pci latency=168 maxlatency=28 mingnt=10 module=ath_pci multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g

Is this what you want for the wireless card

sudo for the mouse pointer downloaded one thing and it seems to have done it. Thank you if it has and if not I may be back.

Ubuntu is getting much more interesting

northern lights
July 23rd, 2008, 07:54 PM
Crap. The Atheros AR5212/AR5213 is seriously troublesome and seems to fail to work often.

What happens if you run
sudo ifconfig eth0 down

sudo ifconfig ath0 up

iwlist scan

number7
July 23rd, 2008, 08:47 PM
it stops the internet working on the ethernet connection so I have to reboot the laptop. Is there a way to repair the ethernet connection, if so I can copy what sudo says with command :sudo ifconfig eth0 down

sudo ifconfig ath0 up

iwlist scan

northern lights
July 23rd, 2008, 09:13 PM
Of course it'll stop the internet connection. You don't have to reboot, though, to get it back.


sudo ifconfig eth0 down

disables the ethernet interface, replacing down by up respectively enables it again.


iwlist scanscans for wireless networks in range. What does it return?

Can you also run
aptitude search linux-restricted-modules madwifi-tools and check "linux-restricted-modules" and "madwifi-tools" are installed?

match002001
July 23rd, 2008, 09:25 PM
Atheros is a pain in the butt, I had to use ndiswrapper in order to get it to install and run properly.

Click on Applications at the top and click on Add/Remove.

Select All on the left side and then search for ndiswrapper.

Once it pops up on the right side place a check in it and that will install it.

After install go find the Windows driver for that card and make sure that the .inf file is available.

next open the terminal (similar to DOS prompt) and enter this:


sudo ndiswrapper -i PATH TO .INF FILE

You can then verify that it was installed by typing:


ndiswrapper -l

At which point if it shows up then enter:


modprobe wlan0

Then Set it up by going to Settings, Prefrances, and Network to setup your wireless network.


This is what i had to do anyways i hope it helps you out.

-Match

number7
July 23rd, 2008, 09:42 PM
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wifi0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

ath0 Scan completed :
Cell 01 - Address: 00:1B:2F:EC:12:12
ESSID:""
Mode:Master
Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
Quality=21/70 Signal level=-74 dBm Noise level=-95 dBm
Encryption key:on
Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s
9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s; 24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s
48 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
Extra:bcn_int=100
IE: WPA Version 1
Group Cipher : TKIP
Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
Extra:wme_ie=dd180050f2020101800003a4000027a400004 2435e0062322f00

number7
July 23rd, 2008, 09:54 PM
I have the installation disk that came with the wireless card but I think its only for windows, can I use it

northern lights
July 23rd, 2008, 10:01 PM
I have the installation disk that came with the wireless card but I think its only for windows, can I use it

You can use the windows driver with "ndiswrapper". Refer to match's post.

match002001
July 23rd, 2008, 10:12 PM
look on the disk and you should have a dedicated folder for WindowsXP or Vista, make sure it is 64 bit or 32 bit.

look in that folder for the INF file and that is all you need. then follow the instructions i posted on page 1

number7
July 24th, 2008, 09:34 PM
Im going round in circles now. The atheros driver seems to be installed and the synaptics driver but wireless network doesnt work yet.
How do I show a list of all devices on the laptop.

northern lights
July 24th, 2008, 09:44 PM
the atheros driver seems to be installed
That it was from the very beginning. Check

*-network
description: Wireless interface
product: AR5212/AR5213 Multiprotocol MAC/baseband processor
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:07:00.0
logical name: wifi0
version: 01
serial: 00:0f:3d:84:ad:0c
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath_pci latency=168 maxlatency=28 mingnt=10 module=ath_pci multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g

Is this what you want for the wireless card

sudo for the mouse pointer downloaded one thing and it seems to have done it. Thank you if it has and if not I may be back.

Ubuntu is getting much more interesting






How do I show a list of all devices on the laptop?

sudo lshw



Could you please report back after having tried "ndiswrapper"? I've got another guy with a very similar issue...

northern lights
July 24th, 2008, 10:56 PM
Okay. Try this:

Edit "/etc/network/interfaces"

sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces
Delete most, leave only the loopback interfaces lo (the first 2 lines). They should look like this

auto lo
iface to inet loopback
save and close the file.

Run

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Check the network manager and try to connect to a wireless network.

If it fails first try, reboot and try again.

number7
July 25th, 2008, 08:15 PM
Still no wireless network

northern lights
July 25th, 2008, 09:09 PM
At the end of my wits, sorry.

Post further developments should they change the situation, yet not fix it completely - maybe then you and me will figure it out.

Otherwise bump once in a while and hope for more expertise.

Over & out.

number7
July 26th, 2008, 05:11 PM
Thanks for your help

northern lights
July 26th, 2008, 05:34 PM
One more idea to get some more expert advice -

Post a new thread concerning the wireless issues only in the "Networking & Wireless" forum. Post the latest "lshw -C network" right away and describe you're problem and what you've tried so far...