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Thread: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

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    Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Hey guys,

    First off, I am sick an tired of Windows. Saying that name makes me spit fire. I am very eager to learn linux so I finally decided to install Ubuntu on my laptop that I use frequently. I decided that making Ubuntu work better than windows is my ONLY option as I have broken all of my windows cds. I am stuck now and linux is now my only option, and I will never go back! I don't care what it takes, I will learn linux or die trying.

    First off before I go into a whole bio of my entire life, I am highly computer savvy, but when it comes to linux, im like a 75 yrold grandma that got her first computer yesturday. I can feel the basics, and I love the interface, I just want to make everything work.

    I ran a command under terminal to show a list of drivers installed on my laptop (cannot remember command) and I veiwed all drivers. Everythings their accept my wlan card! I am running a Toshiba Satellite a205-s5800 and I go to the toshiba webpage to search for wlan drivers for my system and it comes up with about 5 different models of wlan cards. DAMMIT I cannot remember for the life of me what brand of wlan I have in my computer. I wanted to get a rough estimate of what kind of card im running so that I can google search my driver for linux. I really need yalls help!!!!!! Please if you can, explain to me step by step what I need to do. I am very slow with linux and I get lost easy, lol.......

    Also, I installed google earth and cannot find where the installed program is. (kinda tells you how much of a noob I am).

    Your help is much appriciated and I look forward to hearing from you.


    Take care guys!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Try
    Code:
    lspci | grep wlan
    That should return all devices with "wlan" in their description.

    AFAIK most Toshiba laptops use Atheros wireless, which is usually pretty well supported by Linux. If there isn't a Linux driver available for your chipset, however, you can use a windows driver through NDISwrapper. I know there was a good tutorial for this on the forums a little while ago, I'm looking for it now.
    Those who don't understand UNIX are doomed to reimpliment it... poorly.

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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Quote Originally Posted by ladr0n View Post
    Try
    Code:
    lspci | grep wlan
    That should return all devices with "wlan" in their description.

    AFAIK most Toshiba laptops use Atheros wireless, which is usually pretty well supported by Linux. If there isn't a Linux driver available for your chipset, however, you can use a windows driver through NDISwrapper. I know there was a good tutorial for this on the forums a little while ago, I'm looking for it now.
    Yeah didn't come up with anything... gotta find the driver for it. I thank you so much and I would litterally buy you a drink for helping me right now....


    THANKS!!!!

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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Do
    Code:
    lspci
    and post the output here. Figuring out which card you're using will help greatly
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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    First off, I am sick an tired of Windows. Saying that name makes me spit fire. I am very eager to learn linux so I finally decided to install Ubuntu on my laptop that I use frequently. I decided that making Ubuntu work better than windows is my ONLY option as I have broken all of my windows cds. I am stuck now and linux is now my only option, and I will never go back! I don't care what it takes, I will learn linux or die trying.
    Can I put this in my sig? This is hilarious. I wish everyone came out of the gate with that kind of enthusiasm...
    A computer allows you to make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Quote Originally Posted by ripfox View Post
    Can I put this in my sig? This is hilarious. I wish everyone came out of the gate with that kind of enthusiasm...
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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Maybe using hardinfo you could find your card?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=788879

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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Six_Digits View Post
    Maybe using hardinfo you could find your card?

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=788879
    Hmmm...never knew that was in the repos. NICE!
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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    Quote Originally Posted by ripfox View Post
    Can I put this in my sig? This is hilarious. I wish everyone came out of the gate with that kind of enthusiasm...
    lol, yeah man... Feel free. Its the truth.

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    Re: Please Help Installing Wireless Adapter TOTAL noob with linux

    im going to mess with this when I get home, please let me know if yall have any suggestions.

    Thanks guys

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