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    [SOLVED] toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    SOLVED - See post #3


    Ok, here goes:

    I just purchased a new laptop, a Toshiba L655. The laptop is currently set up dual-boot with Windows 7 and 10.10 Meerkat. The 10.10 is a fresh install, with all standard updates installed.

    Upon install the WIRED ethernet works fine right out of the box. Wireless, on the other hand doesn't work, and seemingly, Ubuntu does not even detect my wireless card. I have booted into Windows, and wireless works properly, so I know the card itself functions.

    After doing a lot og googling and browsing the forums here, I found many options that might work, but I have been unable to get wireless to function.

    I have attempted the following fixes:

    1) installed the broadcom driver from the broadcom site (hybrid-*x86-64), and followed the 'readme' file and had no success.

    2) installed bcmwl-kernel-source & bcmwl-modaliases via apt-get, with no success.

    3) Attempted to use Synaptic to install the above modules, also the b43-fwcutter, and the broadcom STA driver, with no success.

    My only guess is that ubuntu just doesn't sse my wireless card at all.

    I read through the major thread regarding this type of issue on the forums, in which one post later on indicated that maybe the NIC was turned of in the BIOS, but I was unable to find any such setting in my bios options.

    So I'm hoping that I'm just missing something obvious, that I misread one of the posts that deals with fixing this error and maybe someone can direct me. Below is some information on the laptop:


    uname -r

    Code:
    2.6.35-22-generic
    lshw -C Network

    Code:
    *-network UNCLAIMED     
           description: Network controller
           product: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
           version: 01
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
           configuration: latency=0
           resources: ioport:3000(size=256) memory:d4000000-d4003fff
      *-network
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: AR8152 v1.1 Fast Ethernet
           vendor: Atheros Communications
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: c1
           serial: 60:eb:69:46:85:fc
           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=atl1c driverversion=1.0.0.2-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
           resources: irq:48 memory:d3000000-d303ffff ioport:2000(size=128)
    Code:
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 60:eb:69:46:85:fc  
              UP BROADCAST 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:48 
    
    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:220 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:220 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:17184 (17.1 KB)  TX bytes:17184 (17.1 KB)
    LSPCI:
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 02)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 02)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev 05)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 05)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
    00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 05)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood [Radeon HD 5600 Series]
    01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5600 Series]
    03:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8176 (rev 01)
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8152 v1.1 Fast Ethernet (rev c1)
    ff:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 02)
    ff:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 02)
    ff:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 02)
    ff:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 02)
    ff:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)
    ff:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 02)
    lsmod

    Code:
    Module                  Size  Used by
    wl                   1965295  0 
    lib80211_crypt_tkip     8732  0 
    lib80211                6175  2 wl,lib80211_crypt_tkip
    nls_iso8859_1           4657  1 
    nls_cp437               6375  1 
    vfat                   10954  1 
    fat                    56244  1 vfat
    binfmt_misc             7984  1 
    parport_pc             30086  0 
    ppdev                   6804  0 
    snd_hda_codec_atihdmi     3079  1 
    snd_hda_codec_conexant    37356  1 
    snd_hda_intel          26019  4 
    snd_hda_codec         100919  3 snd_hda_codec_atihdmi,snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep               6660  1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm                89104  3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi            5932  0 
    snd_rawmidi            22207  1 snd_seq_midi
    uvcvideo               62379  0 
    videodev               49359  1 uvcvideo
    v4l1_compat            15519  2 uvcvideo,videodev
    v4l2_compat_ioctl32    12486  1 videodev
    snd_seq_midi_event      7291  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                57512  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              23850  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device          6912  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    joydev                 11363  0 
    radeon                906714  2 
    snd                    64117  16 snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore               1240  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc          8588  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    ttm                    68212  1 radeon
    drm_kms_helper         32836  1 radeon
    drm                   206161  4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    psmouse                62080  0 
    i2c_algo_bit            6208  1 radeon
    serio_raw               4910  0 
    intel_ips              13252  0 
    video                  22176  0 
    intel_agp              32080  0 
    output                  2527  1 video
    lp                     10201  0 
    parport                37032  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    usb_storage            50372  1 
    ahci                   21857  0 
    libahci                26167  6 ahci
    atl1c                  34955  0
    Last edited by KingLear0; October 30th, 2010 at 05:58 AM. Reason: SOLVED

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    Ok, So I keep plugging away...

    I need to have the realtek 8185L driver installed. So I just jumped over and installed ndsiwrapper, then installed the appropriate .inf.

    The problem is that Ubuntu doesn't see the hardware.

    So how do I get Ubuntu to recognize that the hardware exists?

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    SOLVED:

    Toshiba L655 have multiple options on the wireless NIC. The Wireless NIC in my model required the rtl 8192CE driver, available Here

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    Quote Originally Posted by KingLear0 View Post
    SOLVED:

    Toshiba L655 have multiple options on the wireless NIC. The Wireless NIC in my model required the rtl 8192CE driver, available Here
    Thanks for that! It solved my wireless woes with the Realtek 8188CE card in the Toshiba L655!

    I found that kernel upgrades will require recompiling the driver, so I included the following function in my .bashrc:

    Code:
    # Add a "wificheck" function to see if Realtek driver module is loaded in the running kernel
    # Kludged together by Matt Obert on Friday November 26, 2010
    function wificheck(){
    KERNEL=`uname -r`
    RTKMOD=`find /lib/modules/$KERNEL/ -name r8192ce_pci.ko`
    echo "Running kernel is $KERNEL"
    if [ $RTKMOD = /lib/modules/$KERNEL/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/r8192ce_pci.ko ]; then
          echo "$RTKMOD is loaded in the running kernel."
        else
          echo "Cannot locate r8192ce_pci.ko module in /lib/modules/$KERNEL/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ directory."
          echo "To enable wireless support for this kernel, compile and install driver module as root, then reboot."
    fi
    }
    ... and in /root/.bashrc I included this:

    Code:
    # Add a "wificheck" function to see if Realtek driver module is loaded in the running kernel
    # Kludged together by Matt Obert on Friday November 26, 2010
    function wificheck(){
    CWD=`pwd`
    KERNEL=`uname -r`
    RTKMOD=`find /lib/modules/$KERNEL/ -name r8192ce_pci.ko`
    echo "Running kernel is $KERNEL"
    if [ $RTKMOD = /lib/modules/$KERNEL/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/r8192ce_pci.ko ]; then
          echo "$RTKMOD is loaded in running kernel."
        else
          echo "Cannot locate r8192ce_pci.ko module in /lib/modules/$KERNEL/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ directory."
          echo "To enable wireless support for this kernel, compile and install driver module as root, then reboot."
          echo "Attempting to change working directory to ~/stage/RTL8188CE/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0003.0628.2010/ ..."
          echo
          if [ -f ~/stage/RTL8188CE/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0003.0628.2010/Makefile ]; then
              cd ~/stage/RTL8188CE/rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0003.0628.2010/
            else
              echo "Error: Cannot find Makefile. Please compile module manually."
          fi
          echo "Cleaning up any previous installation attempts ..."
          make clean
          echo "Attempting to compile Realtek driver module ..."
          make
          echo "Attempting automatic installation ..."
          make install
          echo "Returning to working directory $CWD ..."
          cd $CWD
    fi
    }
    In order for this to work, I had to leave a copy of the unzipped tarball for rtl8192ce_linux_2.6.0003.0628.2010 in the /root/stage/RTL8188CE/ directory.

    Now, if I want to see whether the driver module is loaded in the running kernel, I can just type "wificheck" at a bash prompt. If it tells me that the module is not installed, I can simply "sudo su -" and execute the wificheck function as root to automatically compile and install the kernel module.

    If a future kernel upgrade breaks the proprietary driver, I may need to edit the bash function to compile a newer version of the Realtek driver ... but until then, it is pretty much idiot-proof.

    Hope someone finds this advice helpful!

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    Just to let you guys know, there's a PPA for the Realtek RTL8188CE:
    https://launchpad.net/~lexical/+archive/hwe-wireless

    For beginners, this is what I ran in Terminal to get the Realtek RTL8188CE wireless working on a Toshiba L655:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lexical/hwe-wireless
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install rtl8192ce-dkms
    ...but nice work with that script, satellite-of-love!

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    Thank you a lot.
    I had the same problem with mi laptop toshiba c660 - 10d and its device:
    Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)
    Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8176 (rev 01)
    as my sistem check says.
    So I just typed the commands above, rebooted and ya está.

    Thank you ubuntu forums and Keng-Yü Lin.

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    Thanks canucked,
    That worked for L655-S155.

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    Re: Toshiba NB505-N508BN ,Ubuntu 10.10 wireless card issues

    delete
    Last edited by tlcstat; April 13th, 2012 at 06:35 PM.

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    Quote Originally Posted by canucked View Post
    Just to let you guys know, there's a PPA for the Realtek RTL8188CE:
    https://launchpad.net/~lexical/+archive/hwe-wireless

    For beginners, this is what I ran in Terminal to get the Realtek RTL8188CE wireless working on a Toshiba L655:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lexical/hwe-wireless
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install rtl8192ce-dkms
    ...but nice work with that script, satellite-of-love!
    This worked for me to enable it but now have a harder to diagnose problem:

    Wireless networking works fine for about 60 seconds then it freezes or something, can't resolve any domain names, and the only way to get it going again is to reconnect... any ideas?

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    Re: toshiba L655, 10.10 wireless card issues

    delete
    Last edited by tlcstat; April 13th, 2012 at 06:36 PM.

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