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MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 05:21 AM
Hello

I just installed a dual boot with Vista and ubuntu 8.10. My wireless internet conection works perfect in Vista but in Ubuntu I don't seem to be connected to the internet; i thought it would connect me automatically but alas.

I'm pretty much a n00b when it comes to computer issues so I don't have a clue what to do next?

This is what I get with ifconfig and iwconfig:


zoran@Omega:~$ ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1b:b9:8a:59:88
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:220 Base address:0x4000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:486 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:486 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:30448 (30.4 KB) TX bytes:30448 (30.4 KB)

zoran@Omega:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

pan0 no wireless extensions.

zoran@Omega:~$

I'd appreciate your help :)

phantom3113
March 6th, 2009, 05:24 AM
One of the first blush issues you should consider is if your wireless card is supported and/or if they have proprietary drivers. What model of card do you have? The output of lsusb tells you.

MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 05:43 AM
One of the first blush issues you should consider is if your wireless card is supported and/or if they have proprietary drivers. What model of card do you have? The output of lsusb tells you.

This is what it tells me:

zoran@Omega:~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0bda:0111 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Card Reader
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 046d:c51b Logitech, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 03f0:0f0c Hewlett-Packard
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
zoran@Omega:~$

RedSingularity
March 6th, 2009, 05:56 AM
What does "lspci" give you?

mark bower
March 6th, 2009, 06:03 AM
a USB adapter that works "out of the box" with Ubuntu 8.10 and connects to my router is Belkin F5D7050, sold at Best Buy and Fry's Electronics. others report success with this adapter easily connecting. none of my PCI adapters worked, so they are stored for possible future use. i ended my misery by buying what works with native linux drivers, no ndiswrapper stuff.

mark bower

phantom3113
March 6th, 2009, 06:08 AM
Whoops, typed the wrong one. While that's not unhelpful, what Shadow suggested would be better:


What does "lspci" give you?

Sorry for the mistype!

MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 06:16 AM
:) Ah well lspci gave me this:

00:05.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP61 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP61 IDE (rev a2)
00:07.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 Ethernet (rev a2)
00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP61 SATA Controller (rev a2)
00:08.1 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP61 SATA Controller (rev a2)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7131/SAA7133/SAA7135 Video Broadcast Decoder (rev d1)
01:06.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5413 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
01:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306 Fire II IEEE 1394 OHCI Link Layer Controller (rev 80)
02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8500 GT (rev a1)
zoran@Omega:~$

RedSingularity
March 6th, 2009, 06:29 AM
Looks like you need drivers for that card. Look HERE (http://downloads.sourceforge.net/madwifi/madwifi-0.9.4.tar.bz2?use_mirror=superb-west). Download that and install.....see how that goes.

MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 06:31 AM
Will do! :) Lets try it out..

RedSingularity
March 6th, 2009, 06:38 AM
Yes let me know how that goes. If it doesn't work i have something else.

MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 06:46 AM
Just a quick question.. haha I know: I suck, but how do I install it exactelly?

phantom3113
March 6th, 2009, 06:47 AM
Ok, this shows that your wireless card is "Atheros Communications Inc. AR5413" listed next to Ethernet controller. I did some searching, and it turns out that this is a generally common problem. Others have tried ndiswrapper and MadWifi, with mixed results. I wish I could offer more, but I've been awake for far too long right now as it is, so I'll have to look into this more later. I suggest doing a google search for whats in quotes along with "ubuntu", that should at least lead to some potential fixes.

Oh well, looks as though I was a bit late :P

RedSingularity
March 6th, 2009, 06:49 AM
Just a quick question.. haha I know: I suck, but how do I install it exactelly?

Scratch that one. Try the one below first. Install instructions included.

You need wireless drivers located HERE (http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2) . Download to desktop, extract to desktop, then in terminal type "cd ~/Desktop/compat-wireless-2009-03-06". Then type "make" and finally type "sudo make install". When finished type "sudo make load". Restart computer.

MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 06:54 AM
I shall try that out :D hope it works! I really appreciate you guys helping me out here. Goodnight phantom3113.

RedSingularity
March 6th, 2009, 06:57 AM
Ok, this shows that your wireless card is "Atheros Communications Inc. AR5413" listed next to Ethernet controller. I did some searching, and it turns out that this is a generally common problem. Others have tried ndiswrapper and MadWifi, with mixed results. I wish I could offer more, but I've been awake for far too long right now as it is, so I'll have to look into this more later. I suggest doing a google search for whats in quotes along with "ubuntu", that should at least lead to some potential fixes.

I had the same issue with madwifi. I tryed ath5k drivers and it worked perfectly! Those are the ones i just offered Marcus.

MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 07:18 AM
I am typing this in Ubuntu! :D yay! Thank you so much Shadow121 your solution did the trick.

RedSingularity
March 6th, 2009, 07:20 AM
No problem buddy. You ever need anything else just come on back. Everyone here is happy to help :)

MarcusA
March 6th, 2009, 07:29 AM
No problem buddy. You ever need anything else just come on back. Everyone here is happy to help :)

Haha don't worry I will! By the end of the month you'll probably get sick of me :D

Hopefully I'll be able to help someone myself with ubuntu in the future