I will bold the areas where there is the most important information! Some of this post may be irrelevant, so I won't bore you with the details, unless you wish to read all of it.
This machine is a Compaq Mini 110c-1105DX (netbook), running Ubuntu Maverick 10.10. I installed Ubuntu on this machine for a friend whose trial license ended for Windows 7 Starter Edition (ew).
When I installed Ubuntu approximately 19 days ago from the date of this post, the Wireless Drivers were not detected, and I had to jump through quite a few hoops to get them working. Some b43 packages were missing. I had to compile b43-fwcutter-011 from source. This was the eventual solution.
Two days ago, my friend came to me telling me that Wireless no longer worked. Specifically, Ubuntu no longer detects the on-board wireless adapter. The networking icon in the System Tray does not list a "Wireless Network" subtitle, and only a "Wired Network", showing eth0.
There is evidence the machine could at one point connect to wireless networks. Under System -> Preferences -> Network Connections on the Wireless tab, is a list of wireless networks connected to and when they were last used. My network displays that it was last used 19 days ago. Its home network was last connected 5 days ago.
- I have already tried this.
- Ubuntu does not complain about any drivers or errors whatsoever.
- Yes, the machine's hardware switch indicates that the internal card is indeed on, however, I cannot turn it off. The user manual indicates the switch will be blue, and it is.
- Some commands I ran that may be useful to the reader:
lshw -C network (this command was run while connected through Ethernet)
nm-tools (connected to Ethernet)
thault@baby:~$ lshw -C network
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
description: Network controller
product: BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
width: 64 bits
description: Ethernet interface
product: AR8132 Fast Ethernet
vendor: Atheros Communications
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
logical name: eth0
width: 64 bits
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=18.104.22.168-NAPI firmware=N/A ip=192.168.1.9 latency=0 multicast=yes
resources: irq:44 memory:febc0000-febfffff ioport:ec80(size=128)
- Device: eth0 [Auto eth0] ----------------------------------------------------
HW Address: 18:A9:05:8F:34:6B
Carrier Detect: yes
Speed: 100 Mb/s
Prefix: 24 (255.255.255.0)
Upon request, I will post more details of commands! I am about willing to try everything, even OS reinstall.
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8132 Fast Ethernet (rev c0)