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  1. #1
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    Jan 2013

    Yes, yes, another wireless connection problem

    I'm an absolute noob to Linux. Long time admirer, first time user. I just bought a new laptop for school that had Windows 8, which I quickly learned to hate, so I downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 yesterday. My problem is that Ubuntu doesn't seem to recognize any wireless devices (I live in an apartment building, so it should be detecting several networks). I know that many other people have had this problem, but it seems to require a case by case solution. I tried downloading the broadcom STA driver and activate it in "additional drivers," but there's nothing there, I'm not sure if it even downloaded properly. The internet works fine when I'm wired in, though. Anyway, my hardware info. is listed below. If anyone can help walk me through this I would be extremely grateful, as the reason I bought a laptop is to be mobile .

    Oh yeah, the router I'm using is a Linksys E1500 by Cisco

    kevin@kevin-HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Ralink corp. Device [1814:3290]
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:18ec]
    01:00.1 Bluetooth [0d11]: Ralink corp. Device [1814:3298]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:1845]
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    kevin@kevin-HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 05c8:0348 Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd (Foxlink)
    kevin@kevin-HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC:~$ lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    parport_pc 32689 0
    ppdev 17074 0
    bnep 18141 2
    rfcomm 46620 0
    bluetooth 209249 10 bnep,rfcomm
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi 32049 1
    snd_hda_codec_idt 70210 1
    nls_iso8859_1 12714 1
    snd_hda_intel 33492 3
    snd_hda_codec 134213 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 17699 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 96668 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi 13325 0
    snd_rawmidi 30513 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 14900 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 61555 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    joydev 17458 0
    snd_timer 29426 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 14498 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    hp_wmi 18049 0
    sparse_keymap 13891 1 hp_wmi
    snd 78921 16 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel ,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_s eq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    i915 520621 3
    uvcvideo 76750 0
    videobuf2_core 32852 1 uvcvideo
    videodev 120310 2 uvcvideo,videobuf2_core
    videobuf2_vmalloc 12861 1 uvcvideo
    videobuf2_memops 13405 1 videobuf2_vmalloc
    drm_kms_helper 49113 1 i915
    drm 288721 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    hp_accel 25977 0
    soundcore 15048 1 snd
    lis3lv02d 19830 1 hp_accel
    coretemp 13401 0
    input_polldev 13897 1 lis3lv02d
    mei 40691 0
    i2c_algo_bit 13414 1 i915
    snd_page_alloc 18485 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    lpc_ich 17062 0
    mac_hid 13206 0
    video 19336 1 i915
    kvm 414071 0
    wmi 19071 1 hp_wmi
    ghash_clmulni_intel 13221 0
    cryptd 20404 1 ghash_clmulni_intel
    microcode 22804 0
    psmouse 95595 0
    serio_raw 13216 0
    lp 17760 0
    parport 46346 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    r8169 61651 0
    kevin@kevin-HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC:~$ iwconfig
    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    lo no wireless extensions.

    kevin@kevin-HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC:~$ rfkill list
    0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: hp-bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    kevin@kevin-HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo iwlist scan
    [sudo] password for kevin:
    eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

    lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

  2. #2
    ahallubuntu is offline Chocolate-Covered Ubuntu Beans
    Join Date
    Jul 2005

    Re: Yes, yes, another wireless connection problem

    This might get the WiFi working:

    FYI, although I hope you are able to get all the hardware working on this laptop, it's usually best with Linux to choose hardware ahead of time that is most likely to have good Linux support. Some hardware is poorly supported in Linux, some is much better supported.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Re: Yes, yes, another wireless connection problem

    Thanks for the link, it looks like a couple other people have had success with that process. I suppose I chose the wrong header or image, because now Ubuntu won't even boot up. All I get is one giant terminal. A black screen with white text that asks me to log onto my HP Computer, then says "Welcome to Ubuntu" and then I'm locked into that screen, only able to type terminal commands. I can't help but laugh, so much trouble due to my ignorance - lucky I have a backup computer. I suppose I'll re-boot from the CD and re-install Ubuntu, then I'll go after it again.

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