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    Angry Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    Kind of cherry on the Linux world, I'm in Afghanistan, so all I can get is wireless signals through the ****** internet services here, so I can't connect with a wired connection.

    The only driver I have installed is RealTek RTL-8168 Gigabit Ethernet driver which is useless without being able to get a wired connection, I tried to activate Broadcom STA wireless driver, but I can't download it without internet connection. I'm pretty sure this happened because of the latest updates.

    Dell-wifi is not soft or hard blocked, I know the wireless signal works hence why I'm on the internet now, I tried a lot of tricks by browsing for the last 3 hours but I think it's time to ask for help. Maybe I can just download the driver on this laptop and then transfer it with an USB memory stick?

    lspci
    Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4365
    Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. TRL8111/8168B PCI Exprexx Gigabit Ethernet controller

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.
    eth0 no wireless extensions

    rfkill list
    dell-wifi: Wireless LAN
    soft blocked: no
    hard blocked: no

    I appreciate the help.
    Last edited by ubaldo1991; March 20th, 2013 at 04:08 PM. Reason: Please use default fonts.

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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    Welcome to the forums ubaldo !

    Onto your problem-

    Please post outputs of-
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    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    lsmod
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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    I apologize, I could blame the infantry for my language, but is ultimately my fault.

    Ok.

    ubaldo@ubaldo-Vostro-2420:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    07:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0016]
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 07)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0556]
    Kernel driver in use: r8168
    Last edited by ubaldo1991; March 20th, 2013 at 01:41 PM.

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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal


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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    My friend Varun will, no doubt, want to see this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/17510...stro-3460-3560 Note the device ID is the same: 14e4:4365.

    Note that the process and the package to be downloaded is different in 12.04 from 12.10. Now we return you to your regularly scheduled guru!
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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Now we return you to your regularly scheduled guru!
    ...who is just a 'mostly stupid' student of yours

    Thanks for spoon-feeding me doc I already stole that link once, but now I'll remember this ID better.

    @ ubaldo1991

    I think this is the post that you are interested in : http://askubuntu.com/a/175115
    If you don't know whether your system is 32 bit or 64 bit, just run -
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    arch
    If it returns x86_64, it is 64 bit, else it is 32 bit.

    Download the relevant package and double-click to install. Post back if there are any dependency or other type of errors.

    PS:
    You can copy the terminal output with your mouse and paste it in your post like normal text. No need to take the trouble of screenshots
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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    It's 64 bit, I'll try this and will update you, I would copy and paste but my laptop running ubuntu can't connect to the internet, I'm using another laptop that does connect to the internet, so screenshot thumb drive and then here, so I still have to download and then transfer it to the ubuntu laptop. Hopefully it is simple
    Thanks you!

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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    it conflicted with another package so I unistalled it and then tried to install and wouldn't allow me through the ubuntu software center, so I opened system settings, then additional drivers, selected Broadcom STA wireless driver, activate and @#$&%$# it worked Thank you guys, now I can go eat and enjoy my meal

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    Re: Dell Vostro 2420 12.04 LTS RealTek RTL-8168 won't pick up a wireless signal

    Hope it stays like that
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