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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    Here is what (sudo) lspci says:

    Code:
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Device 1a3b:1026
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
    	Memory at fbef0000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
    	Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
    	Capabilities: [50] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
    	Capabilities: [60] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
    	Capabilities: [90] MSI-X: Enable- Mask- TabSize=1
    	Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
    	Capabilities: [140] Virtual Channel <?>
    	Kernel driver in use: ath5k
    	Kernel modules: ath5k

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    Go to System > Administration > Additional Drivers. You should be able to install the madwifi driver from there. Many users seem to think that works better than the open soruce ath5k driver with Atheros 5xxx chips.

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    Negative. I don't have "Additional drivers", but "Hardware drivers", which kindly tells me that "No proprietary drivers are in use on this system" and that's all thank you very much.
    I am afraid that without an internet connection there is little for me to do on this netbook. Maybe I should look for an old cable and plug it into the router. But then, what should I remove/install?

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    With it plugged into the router, try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-lucid-generic
    sudo reboot
    That should give you an improved ath5k driver.
    Last edited by PatchesTheCaveman; December 30th, 2010 at 10:57 AM.

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    If you're comfortable with compiling and installing kernel modules (it's not as scary as it sounds), you can also build the madwifi driver yourself.

    You can download it at http://madwifi.org/ and follow the instructions at http://madwifi.org/wiki/UserDocs/FirstTimeHowTo to build and install.

    If it doesn't tell you to you'll need to install the compilers and stuff first:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essentials

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    Ok, I'm growing weary of all this.

    I wired my netbook into the router. NM-applet doesn't see a thing and is missing in action.
    After some ifup-ifdown play I was able to have a sort of connection.
    The router is reachable, and I can manage it through firefox.
    Beyond that, I can ping few addresses (208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 which my Vista laptop uses as dns's; 8.8.8.8 suggested in a previous message but I have no idea what that is), but all the interesting stuff keeps out of reach.
    Firefox still doesn't know how to reach addresses (actually he refuses even faster than before, without even trying to look for them).

    Gosh.
    Thanks for your time...

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    When you manually configure your network on the command line, you need to add your DNS servers to /etc/resolv.conf like so:
    Code:
    nameserver 208.67.222.222
    nameserver 208.67.220.220
    I'm not sure why NetworkManager isn't working properly. Try running:
    Code:
    killall nm-applet
    to kill it and then press Alt+F2 and run nm-applet again. (If you run nm-applet from a terminal you'll lose it when you close the terminal window.)

    8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are public DNS servers run by Google. I use them for ping tests because they're short and easy to remember.

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    Since NetworkManager does seem to be the culprit here, you can uninstall it and try using wicd instead, which pretty much does the same thing as NetworkManager, but some people find it works better.

    To do so, plug in via Ethernet to your router, and run these commands:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get remove network-manager
    sudo apt-get install wicd
    Note that you'll need to have the universe repository enabled to install it. If you don't have that enabled, before running apt-get update, run this command:
    Code:
    gksudo software-properties-gtk
    Check Community maintained Open Source software (universe) and click Close.

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    Nope. I spent all afternoon trying to wire the connection, but the most I could get is an extremely slow one, able only to ping websites but not to download packages (apt-get remains stuck on "waiting for headers: 0%") nor to browse the net.

    Could that be some kind of firewall problem? I have no ideas left...

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    Re: Internet problem on Eee900

    It's unlikely, but you can run
    Code:
    sudo service ufw stop
    to disable your firewall and check.

    I don't understand why your wired connection isn't working properly. Generally they work great in Linux.

    If you can, uninstall NetworkManager:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove network-manager
    Then download these packages on another machine and flash drive them over to the netbook to install them:
    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/....3.2-1_all.deb
    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...+ds1-5_all.deb
    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...+ds1-5_all.deb
    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...+ds1-5_all.deb
    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...+ds1-5_all.deb
    http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/...+ds1-5_all.deb

    You can double-click on them to install them or run sudo dpkg -i in a terminal. If you install them in the order linked you shouldn't get any dependency errors.
    Last edited by PatchesTheCaveman; December 31st, 2010 at 01:37 AM. Reason: forgot one

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