Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Beans
    58
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Question 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    I just finished installing 10.4 on a Dell mini that my nephew described as a paperweight. It had windows on it, and several viruses.
    It is working great, none of the scrolling problems or driver problems. Restricted extras work like a dream.
    Flash, games...all good.
    I can't get the wifi to turn on. Can anyone point me to the right thread? There are so many, it is mind boggling and I'm just a beginner.
    I started with a paperweight, so any progress is good. It wouldn't stay turned on unless plugged into the charger before, wouldn't snooze or hibernate. That's all fixed. I'd like to give him a perfectly working Ubuntu laptop, but the way I see it, it didn't work at all before so I'm not being held to a high standard.

    What are the best Dell netbook remix 10.4 distro hint threads? What program should I install to make it turn on?
    Thanks!
    Ubuntu since April 1,2010.
    9.10 Ubuntu Hardware: Acer Aspire ONE D250-1962 - Atom 1.6 GHz
    10.10 Ubuntu on home PC Gateway since 01/18/2011

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Outer Milky Way
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Kubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    Are you using Network Manager?

    If so, join the thousands of people with the same problem.

    I had the same problem for months as well, then uninstalled Network Manager and installed Wicd instead (for wireless). I don't have the problems anymore.

    UbuntuGuide/KubuntuGuide

    Right now the killer is being surrounded by a web of deduction, forensic science,
    and the latest in technology such as two-way radios and e-mail.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Beans
    58
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    Oh heck. I was trying to upgrade to 10.10 just to see if that fixed it, and the thing crashed while installing. I'm starting over, this time with a stick that is already made with 10.10 and then I'll install wicd.
    ATM I have a purple screen that says something failed, and my login name...that is all.
    *dies*
    Well I did it once I can do it again.
    Ubuntu since April 1,2010.
    9.10 Ubuntu Hardware: Acer Aspire ONE D250-1962 - Atom 1.6 GHz
    10.10 Ubuntu on home PC Gateway since 01/18/2011

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oblivion
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Xubuntu

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    Stick to 10.04 LTS. Stabler and long term support release.

    When you're up and running, can you insert an ethernet cable and get online, get your updates, and that may offer you the correct software and firmware for your card. Also, could you post the result of:

    lspci

    Near the bottom you will find your card. That will help. Just post the card if you like.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Beans
    58
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Stick to 10.04 LTS. Stabler and long term support release.

    When you're up and running, can you insert an ethernet cable and get online, get your updates, and that may offer you the correct software and firmware for your card. Also, could you post the result of:

    lspci

    Near the bottom you will find your card. That will help. Just post the card if you like.
    realtek semiconductor co rtl8101e/rtl8102e pci express fast ethernet controller (rev 02)

    Except...I got cute and thought I'd be smart.
    Somehow I was stuck in unity interface and I didn't like it.
    So I uninstalled unity. Now, I can only reach the terminal by ctrl alt t.
    How to get desktop back?
    Ubuntu since April 1,2010.
    9.10 Ubuntu Hardware: Acer Aspire ONE D250-1962 - Atom 1.6 GHz
    10.10 Ubuntu on home PC Gateway since 01/18/2011

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oblivion
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Xubuntu

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    Try this:

    Boot into the recovery kernel (second on the list), drop to a root shell and type this:

    startx

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Beans
    58
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Try this:

    Boot into the recovery kernel (second on the list), drop to a root shell and type this:

    startx
    How do I boot into that?
    I got to the terminal.
    OMG!
    I did it. I installed unity again from the terminal.
    Now..wifi...
    And a giant L tatoo.

    And how to enable normal desktop?
    Last edited by philodice; January 4th, 2011 at 02:50 AM.
    Ubuntu since April 1,2010.
    9.10 Ubuntu Hardware: Acer Aspire ONE D250-1962 - Atom 1.6 GHz
    10.10 Ubuntu on home PC Gateway since 01/18/2011

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oblivion
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Xubuntu

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    When you start the machine, you are getting to the boot list? List of options, kernels to boot into?

    Second on that list should be the recovery version of the latest kernel. Choose that.

    If you are already at a terminal, type:

    startx

    That should get you to a desktop.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Beans
    58
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    When you start the machine, you are getting to the boot list? List of options, kernels to boot into?

    Second on that list should be the recovery version of the latest kernel. Choose that.

    If you are already at a terminal, type:

    startx

    That should get you to a desktop.
    I'm good. I actually reinstalled unity and I'm playing with it. Maybe I like it. It is interesting. It does make more room on the tiny net book screen.
    Ubuntu since April 1,2010.
    9.10 Ubuntu Hardware: Acer Aspire ONE D250-1962 - Atom 1.6 GHz
    10.10 Ubuntu on home PC Gateway since 01/18/2011

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oblivion
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Xubuntu

    Re: 10.4 Dell mini 910 works great except wifi.

    "Unity is a graphical interface designed for Ubuntu Netbook Remix edition."

    Were you running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 LTS? Wondering if that had anything to do with your issue.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •