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McTwitch
February 15th, 2011, 03:13 AM
So, I installed Ubuntu 10.04 onto a friend's Gateway laptop. So far, everything is working fine, except that it won't connect to the Internet, via Wifi. My first ideas are that the password or the connection are wrong, etc.

So, how would I find out if her wireless card is compatible with Ubuntu, and if it's not, how do I remedy the situation?

Habeouscorpus
February 15th, 2011, 03:31 AM
Wireless in Ubuntu is a crapshoot. Go to System>Administration>Additional Drivers. If there are drivers needed for your wireless, they'll be there. If you have a Broadcom chipset, enable the Broadcom-STA driver. That one worked for me.

To find out what chipset you have, type "lspci" in a terminal, and search for the "Network Controller" Line. That's your wireless chipset.

dFlyer
February 15th, 2011, 03:33 AM
My wife has a gateway running 10.10, wireless and all out of the box, no problems.

McTwitch
February 15th, 2011, 03:58 AM
Well, glad your wife likes it. If she can tell me how to make it work, I'd be much appreciated.

There isn't an additional drivers option, there is, however a "hardware drivers" but that only has the driver for the ATI graphics thing. Is there something else that I could do that would make it work, or give you a better idea of what's going on?

Habeouscorpus
February 15th, 2011, 04:16 AM
Go ahead and post the output of lspci in [CODE] tags.

McTwitch
February 15th, 2011, 04:41 AM
I don't have it, I'm trying to help the friend over the phone. I'll be able to get it to you tomorrow, though.

fallenstar
February 15th, 2011, 05:28 PM
My wife has a gateway running 10.10, wireless and all out of the box, no problems.

My broadcom card ran fine on 10.10 using the STA driver, I've downgraded for other reasons to 10.04 and I CANNOT get it to work.

Fed up and re-upgrading.

):P

McTwitch
February 16th, 2011, 03:08 AM
p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } 00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration (rev 40)
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Link Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS780M/RS780MN [Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]
01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RS780 Azalia controller
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Device 4380 (rev 10)
03:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
06:09.0 Mass storage controller: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MS/xD Controller (rev 03)
06:09.2 SD Host controller: O2 Micro, Inc. Integrated MMC/SD Controller (rev 02)


There's the result from "sudo lspci" Hope it's helpful.

Habeouscorpus
February 18th, 2011, 10:29 PM
(About the PM: Thanks for understanding! Sorry about that.)

Okay, so I started Googling. You have a Marvel and an Atheros...

I found a link that might promise results: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1368259

Also, look into Ndiswrapper: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper

ubun2geek
February 18th, 2011, 11:50 PM
just uninstall 10.04 and install 10.10 - that fixed it for me!

McTwitch
February 19th, 2011, 05:56 AM
Well, I'll look into the links, and into installing 10.10. I've looked further into the problem, and, to be quite honest, I believe the problem might just be that she has the wrong password. I'm leaning towards that at the moment, but if that turns out to be fruitless, I'll know where to turn. Thank!

Habeouscorpus
February 19th, 2011, 05:06 PM
just uninstall 10.04 and install 10.10 - that fixed it for me!

Or you could just upgrade. Go to the update manager and click the UPGRADE button next to where it says that there's a new version available at the top.

fallenstar
February 21st, 2011, 10:06 PM
after upgrading i went into synaptic, installed anything to do with sta, activated it in additional drivers, restarted and voila wifi!