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    Angry NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    I'm completely new to Linux and I've been playing around with it for about 2 days. I've picked up on some things pretty quick, but I just can't seem to understand how to install the appropriate drivers for the wireless card I've installed.

    Currently the proprietary drivers are installed and I have slow web browsing performance. What would be the appropriate fix? Installing drivers meant for my wireless card (Intel Centrino 6230) or are the proprietary drivers enough but something else is slowing my web performance?

    My dad is running quick on Windows 7 but I'm slower since I've switched.

    For the record, I've been to www.intellinuxwireless.org and found the specific drivers for my card, but I'm unsure of how to install tar.gz files. Am I supposed to use the terminal? If so, how (if someone could provide me a good instructional website)?

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/softinstall.html I'm guessing this is what you'll need to do. If you enter the command with "configure" in it and the shell spits back an error, try just going to the next step (make). Some drivers come without a configure script. Also, before you do anything, make sure to take a look at the readme and post back if anything doesn't make sense. Some drivers require you to change options in some files before installing.

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    Quote Originally Posted by ibthevivin View Post
    I'm completely new to Linux and I've been playing around with it for about 2 days. I've picked up on some things pretty quick, but I just can't seem to understand how to install the appropriate drivers for the wireless card I've installed.

    Currently the proprietary drivers are installed and I have slow web browsing performance. What would be the appropriate fix? Installing drivers meant for my wireless card (Intel Centrino 6230) or are the proprietary drivers enough but something else is slowing my web performance?

    My dad is running quick on Windows 7 but I'm slower since I've switched.

    For the record, I've been to www.intellinuxwireless.org and found the specific drivers for my card, but I'm unsure of how to install tar.gz files. Am I supposed to use the terminal? If so, how (if someone could provide me a good instructional website)?
    Are you broadcasting on N or G.
    If your broadcasting on N, kill it, and sink to G-level speeds. That card doesn't work well with N specs.
    Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions ... Do your thing, and don't care if they like it.

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    @Chipbuster: I'll get back to you on that and let you know. I'm reading the README file and responding to daniweb.com users on their feedback and I'll let you know what I don't understand.

    @sandyd: My network's perfect. I rarely have a down connection and I've several shared devices. The router broadcasts a mixed signal in 2.4ghz on a low traffic channel. I never had issues with this card but since I've moved to Ubuntu 11.10 when I stream videos, it seems to need to buffer every other minute. So my goal here is to try a driver made for the card and learn how to install drivers.

    So two birds, one stone. Learn to install drivers and try and resolve the issue with my card.

    What makes you say this card doesn't work well with N-specs?

    Thank you both for your responses.

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    Quote Originally Posted by chipbuster View Post
    http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/softinstall.html I'm guessing this is what you'll need to do. If you enter the command with "configure" in it and the shell spits back an error, try just going to the next step (make). Some drivers come without a configure script. Also, before you do anything, make sure to take a look at the readme and post back if anything doesn't make sense. Some drivers require you to change options in some files before installing.
    Stupid question. Is this assuming the file is located on the desktop, in the home folder, or documents? Where? Or does it not matter (if so, why?)?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    Hi,
    What makes you say this card doesn't work well with N-specs?
    because of working in networking I can confirm intel cards have trouble with N speed in linux but unless you have a real fast connection above 54 it will not matter and we can disable that module in the driver and you should have improved speed.

    I believe I know the driver you are using but I want to make sure please post the results of:
    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    if you want to get the speed fixed the best it can be in linux until the driver is redone.
    Thanks

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    Don't thank me. I should be thanking you.

    The results were:

    Code:
    ibthevivin@Cronos:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -A2 net
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1073] (rev c0)
    	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0364]
    	Kernel driver in use: atl1c
    I noticed that the card has a connect speed of 54mbps (which used to be +/-120mpbs before I switched to Ubuntu) and when streaming video it disconnects and reconnects.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by ibthevivin; January 8th, 2012 at 03:16 AM. Reason: clarifying

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    Hi, your wireless card did not show up only the wired connection, was that all the information?
    Please double check if it was try these three commands:
    Code:
    lsusb
    Code:
    lspci -nn
    Code:
    sudo pccardctl ident
    Thanks

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    Yup. That was all the information. For that prior command.

    The last command you had me run didn't yield anything. As you can see it did ask for password though.

    So assuming from your responses, I guess installing the drivers provided in intellinuxwireless.org wouldn't do anything? lol

    Thank you!

    Code:
    ibthevivin@Cronos:~$ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 058f:6366 Alcor Micro Corp. Multi Flash Reader
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 8086:0189 Intel Corp. 
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0402:9665 ALi Corp. 
    Bus 002 Device 005: ID 045e:075d Microsoft Corp. LifeCam Cinema
    Code:
    ibthevivin@Cronos:~$ lspci -nn
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller [8086:0044] (rev 18)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0046] (rev 18)
    00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller [8086:3b64] (rev 06)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller [8086:3b3c] (rev 05)
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio [8086:3b56] (rev 05)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:3b42] (rev 05)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:3b44] (rev 05)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller [8086:3b34] (rev 05)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev a5)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller [8086:3b09] (rev 05)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:3b29] (rev 05)
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller [8086:3b30] (rev 05)
    00:1f.6 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem [8086:3b32] (rev 05)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1073] (rev c0)
    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6230 [8086:0091] (rev 34)
    ff:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers [8086:2c62] (rev 05)
    ff:00.1 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder [8086:2d01] (rev 05)
    ff:02.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 [8086:2d10] (rev 05)
    ff:02.1 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 [8086:2d11] (rev 05)
    ff:02.2 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved [8086:2d12] (rev 05)
    ff:02.3 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved [8086:2d13] (rev 05)
    Code:
    ibthevivin@Cronos:~$ sudo pccardctl ident
    [sudo] password for ibthevivin: 
    ibthevivin@Cronos:~$

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    Re: NOOB status: Configure wireless card for Ubuntu 11.10

    Hi, the card showed up, please post output of:
    Code:
    lsmod
    this will confirm if the driver is loading properly.
    Thanks

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