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1401gazza
February 4th, 2010, 09:09 PM
Hi
I'm a complete novice and was introduced to Ubuntu by a more experienced friend who installed it and also removed windows from my laptop completely. My friend has since moved hundreds of miles away and I'm stuck. I had a few teething problems with fsck freezing while booting, I managed to fix this but now my wireless card won't work, following the advice on the forum I looked for my card ID in the ndiswrapper database but it's not listed....What do I do now?

My card is a Belkin G plus MIMO F5D9010

I've also lost all sound! and I only use my laptop for the internet and my music collection...DOH!

tgalati4
February 4th, 2010, 11:14 PM
Open a terminal and page through this file:

dmesg | more (spacebar to go forward, q to quit)

Look for disk/read errors. It's possible your disk is failing. If you lost your network and sound driver files then you won't have those functions.

I presume that your network and sound were working previously?

Bartender
February 4th, 2010, 11:41 PM
Your "friend" made a poor choice in removing Windows completely. Do you have recovery discs?

If so, I'd sure consider reinstalling Windows, then setting up Ubuntu as a dual-boot. Going to Linux cold turkey isn't the best option. Even if you were handy with Linux, there are still times when you need to use Windows.

1401gazza
February 6th, 2010, 11:56 PM
Open a terminal and page through this file:

dmesg | more (spacebar to go forward, q to quit)

Look for disk/read errors. It's possible your disk is failing. If you lost your network and sound driver files then you won't have those functions.

I presume that your network and sound were working previously?


Hi
Yes network & audio were fine before.
I had a look through the dmesg terminal ( reminded me of the time I picked up a chinese newspaper ), I've copied anything that looked remotely negative below:-

[ 1.825732] <6>8139cp: 10/100 PCI Ethernet driver v1.3 (Mar 22, 2004)
[ 1.825799] 8139cp 0000:02:07.0: This (id 10ec:8139 rev 10) is not an 8139C+ compatible chip, use 8139too
[ 1.829370] 8139too Fast Ethernet driver 0.9.28
[ 1.829484] 8139too 0000:02:07.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
[ 1.831450] eth0: RealTek RTL8139 at 0xa000, 00:a0:d1:29:86:01, IRQ 18
[ 1.848451] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI(VGA0) defines _DOD but not _DOS


[ 1.819487] [drm] radeon default to kernel modesetting DISABLED.
[ 1.819653] pci 0000:01:05.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16

[ 1.036966] ehci_hcd 0000:00:13.2: PCI INT A -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19




[ 0.267540] system 00:08: iomem range 0x0-0x9ffff could not be reserved
[ 0.267545] system 00:08: iomem range 0xec000-0xfffff could not be reserved
[ 0.267549] system 00:08: iomem range 0x100000-0x4bffffff could not be reserved

[ 0.233396] pci 0000:02:07.0: PME# disabled

1401gazza
February 7th, 2010, 12:04 AM
Your "friend" made a poor choice in removing Windows completely. Do you have recovery discs?

If so, I'd sure consider reinstalling Windows, then setting up Ubuntu as a dual-boot. Going to Linux cold turkey isn't the best option. Even if you were handy with Linux, there are still times when you need to use Windows.


I don't think the complete removal of windows was intentional and no I don't have recovery discs. A local Computer shop quoted 45 to reload Windows XP but I thought I'd seek advice here first.

KIAaze
February 7th, 2010, 12:36 PM
I had a few teething problems with fsck freezing while booting, I managed to fix this but now my wireless card won't work, following the advice on the forum I looked for my card ID in the ndiswrapper database but it's not listed....What do I do now?

My card is a Belkin G plus MIMO F5D9010

I've also lost all sound! and I only use my laptop for the internet and my music collection...DOH!

What did you do to fix the fsck freezing problem?

Also, do you have an Ubuntu Live-CD? (The standard Ubuntu installation disk is a Live-CD)
If not, you can download and burn one from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download
Or Xubuntu in your case: http://www.xubuntu.org/get

Once you have one, you can boot from it.
It would be interesting to know if audio and wireless work by default or not first.
Also, if you have a separate home partition, an easy solution might be reinstalling.


Could you please post the output of the following command:

uname -a

Also run this:

sudo lspci -vvnn >~/lspci.log
And post the generated file ~/lspci.log

The driver for your wireless card appears to be rt73usb (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=493660), so it might also be useful if you already have it installed or not.
To search for it run the following 2 commands:

sudo updatedb
locate rt73usb.ko