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    [SOLVED] (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    *Before anyone posts do not suggest I update, as newer versions of Ubuntu/Xubuntu don't like my netbook*

    Alright so I've been trying for ages to get the intel wireless card in my Acer Aspire One D257 netbook to work. As far as I know it's a Intel Centrino N100. I've tried a couple of things already, but nothing works. Also I can't seem to find the INF file I need for Ndiswrapper to work.

    So could someone please help me with this. I really want to get back to using Xubuntu/Linux on my netbook.

    Result of lsusb
    Code:
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 0ace:1215 ZyDAS WLA-54L 802.11bg
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0402:7675 ALi Corp. 
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 152d:2338 JMicron Technology Corp. / JMicron USA Technology Corp. JM20337 Hi-Speed USB to SATA & PATA Combo Bridge
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    results of lspci
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
    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)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 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.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 NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 08ae
    03:00.0 Class ff00: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 5209 (rev 01)
    I hope that helps get things started. I hope someone can help me with this.
    Last edited by NekoMaster; May 22nd, 2012 at 01:14 PM. Reason: Problem Solved!!

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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    An Acer you say?

    Please let us see:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    rfkill list all
    dmesg | grep iwl
    The pipe symbol | is on the right side of my US keyboard on the same key with \. Thanks.
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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    An Acer you say?

    Please let us see:
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep 0280
    rfkill list all
    dmesg | grep iwl
    The pipe symbol | is on the right side of my US keyboard on the same key with \. Thanks.
    Ill do that after I update my stuff, I just reinstalled Xubuntu 10.04 on my Portable HD since it ran out of space in its persistance file on my Flash drive and I couldn't get it to work because of a half baked update. Ill post the results of the above commands when I'm done updating

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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    We look forward to your results.
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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    We look forward to your results.
    Alright so heres the results of the command(s) you suggested...

    Code:
    matthew@NB1-Xubuntu:~/Desktop$ lspci -nn | grep 0280
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:08ae]
    matthew@NB1-Xubuntu:~/Desktop$ rfkill list all
    1: phy2: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    matthew@NB1-Xubuntu:~/Desktop$ dmesg | grep iwl
    [   23.582456] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
    [   23.582497] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
    [   23.582569] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: pci_resource_len = 0x00002000
    [   23.582578] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: pci_resource_base = f8dc0000
    [   23.582585] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: HW Revision ID = 0x0
    [   23.582907] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: irq 30 for MSI/MSI-X
    [   23.583051] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Detected Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 100 BGN, REV=0x6C
    [   23.583302] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: L1 Enabled; Disabling L0S
    [   23.614480] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: device EEPROM VER=0x166, CALIB=0x6
    [   23.614492] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Device SKU: 0X50
    [   23.614499] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Valid Tx ant: 0X1, Valid Rx ant: 0X3
    [   23.623674] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: Tunable channels: 13 802.11bg, 0 802.11a channels
    [   23.623848] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: RF_KILL bit toggled to disable radio.
    [   23.911331] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: request for firmware file 'iwlwifi-100-5.ucode' failed.
    [   23.911535] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: no suitable firmware found!
    [   23.912675] iwlwifi 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A disabled
    Seems like it's detecting my card but it doesnt have the driver for it.

    BTW, if you find any ZyDAS stuff in my log posts, Im using a ZyDAS usb adapter to connect until I get my internal wifi going (I dont like using USB adapters on my netbook because they jut out and could get broken or disconnect, also it gets very hot in my netbook unlike when its in a Desktop or other laptops)

    EDIT : I know where to get that ucode file (I think) its looking for but I don't know what to do with it (the read me intel gives is kinda confusing).

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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    We have two issues here; one is fairly obvious and one is subtle. First, you have the driver but not the required firmware.
    request for firmware file 'iwlwifi-100-5.ucode' failed.
    We can and will fix that in a moment.

    Second, the system thinks the wireless switch is off:
    RF_KILL bit toggled to disable radio.
    But why didn't it show up in rfkill list all?
    1: phy2: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    I believe that rfkill simply read the state of the USB device since it refers to phy2. I'd love to see the reading again with the USB detached; I'm betting the report is very different.

    Here is a file with the required firmware. Download it to your desktop so we can find and manipulate it. Right-click it and select Extract Here. Now open the terminal and do:
    Code:
    sudo cp Desktop/iwlwifi-100-5.ucode /lib/firmware
    sudo modprobe -r iwlwifi
    sudo modprobe iwlwifi
    Now check dmesg:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep iwlwifi
    Look for activity after the 23.9xx timestamps above.
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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    We have two issues here; one is fairly obvious and one is subtle. First, you have the driver but not the required firmware. We can and will fix that in a moment.

    Second, the system thinks the wireless switch is off:But why didn't it show up in rfkill list all?I believe that rfkill simply read the state of the USB device since it refers to phy2. I'd love to see the reading again with the USB detached; I'm betting the report is very different.

    Here is a file with the required firmware. Download it to your desktop so we can find and manipulate it. Right-click it and select Extract Here. Now open the terminal and do:
    Code:
    sudo cp Desktop/iwlwifi-100-5.ucode /lib/firmware
    sudo modprobe -r iwlwifi
    sudo modprobe iwlwifi
    Now check dmesg:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep iwlwifi
    Look for activity after the 23.9xx timestamps above.
    Awesome! If I had of known where to put the ucode file I would have done that already a long time ago (intel provides the ucode file that you provided, I just didnt know what to do with it).

    I am now posting from my internal wireless card

    Now for the LONG and tedious process of doing EVERYTHING all over again... Unless theres a way to copy everything from my Portable HD (Xubuntu its on a 17GB ext2 partition) to the netbooks hard disk so that I can finally have Xubuntu on the go.

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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    I am now posting from my internal wireless card

    Now for the LONG and tedious process of doing EVERYTHING all over again... Unless theres a way to copy everything from my Portable HD (Xubuntu its on a 17GB ext2 partition) to the netbooks hard disk so that I can finally have Xubuntu on the go.
    Awesome! I'm glad it's working. May I get a Solved on that? Please use thread tools at the top.

    I am unaware of any method to transfer your installation to another drive. There may be, I am just unaware.
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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Awesome! I'm glad it's working. May I get a Solved on that? Please use thread tools at the top.

    I am unaware of any method to transfer your installation to another drive. There may be, I am just unaware.
    Well i guess Ill just have to do it the long way. Though, will I have to do everything I did on my portable HD to get the wireless working? I went here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...0#post11822990 for the patch and then I did what you said to do with the ucode.

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    Re: (10.04LTS) Unable to get Intel Wireless to work

    All you will need to do is the ucode firmware. The particular version you need, iwlwifi-100-5.ucode, isn't included by default in 10.04. The driver is.
    *Before anyone posts do not suggest I update, as newer versions of Ubuntu/Xubuntu don't like my netbook*
    In what way?
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