Hello everyone at Ubuntu forums, I am having a small connection issue with Ubuntu 8.10 and I would really appreciate if someone could help me with some guidance.
Around two months ago I bought a new HP Pavilion (specs ahead) laptop on which I installed Ubuntu 8.10 x86-64. Even though the LiveCD was able to connect to the internet without any problems, after installing Ubuntu I started having wireless issues: Ubuntu did not detect any wireless networks and it seemed as if it didn't even recognize my wireless card.
After a short while browsing these forums someone in here suggested me to install the linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic package from the backports repository, after installing it Ubuntu started to recognize wireless signals and the Network Manager stopped graying out all the non-eth0 options. The led button on my laptop continued red (as if the wireless was still disabled) and had no effect when I pressed it.
After a while (about a month ago) new updates came along, I installed them (can't recall their names) and after rebooting I had no wireless connection and almost every option in the Network Manager was grayed out again.
I have been busy and ignoring the problem for the time being (using Vista right now,)but right now I really feel the urge to properly fix this issue so I can start using Ubuntu again.
Even though any help will be greatly appreciated, more complete answers are encouraged with the purpose of making this thread useful to other people having similar issues and so that I might grasp what's wrong with my computer as I (hopefully) fix this, instead of just clicking and typing without learning anything in the process.
I apologize if this post might seem overly long (read: boring) and my writing unclear, English is not my mother tongue.
My laptop specs are:
HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook PC.
AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core Mobile ZM-80 2.10 GHz 64 bits.
4 GB RAM.
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics.
Atheros AR5007 802.11 b/g WiFi Adapter
Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.0)
Currenly running Ubuntu 8.10 x86-64 and Windows Vista 64 bits.
Thanks you for your attention in reading this long long post. Really thank you.