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Old 12-31-2009, 03:31 AM   #1
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Question How do I turn my wifi on in my netbook? help please. first post.


Hello everyone!


this is my very first post and I hope that you all can help me.
I have started using the Linux environment very recently and now I am currently running backtrack 3 on my Nokia booklet 3g (be jealous ;D) but it is useless as of now to me because the light indicating wifi being turned on is...well...off.

what should I do? I am pretty ignorant about all this stuff (though very interested and enthusiastic about learning) so please try and pretend you are talking to a small child. I will take no offense!


tl;dr

I have a nokia booklet 3g
I need to turn on my wifi adapterís power
I am stupid



thanks to all who can help!
-asmallchild
 
Old 12-31-2009, 03:47 AM   #2
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You need to tell us what the wireless device is. To do this please post the output of:

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lspci | grep -E 'Net|Eth'
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:50 AM   #3
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Hey I know this will make yall very angry at me but there was no output for the command. And I did copy it correctly for the record. fortunately it does not say command not found, it just doesnít have any output.

thanks for trying though

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Old 12-31-2009, 11:55 AM   #4
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hey i have also been browsing some other threads with some sorta similar issues and here is some other commands that i tried.

iwconfig -----> lo no wireless extensions

ifconfig eth1 up -----> eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device

I don't know... i was just trying to be proactive about this
 
Old 12-31-2009, 12:02 PM   #5
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If there's no output from that lspci command, it seems that your wireless isn't detected. Could you just run "lspci" and post the output please, just so we can verify this. Perhaps the wireless needs to be turned on before it's detected, but I don't know. Maybe there's a BIOS option to enable/disable it?
 
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:10 PM   #6
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yes yes yes i think you are on to it! the led indicating wifi being turned on is off. how do we use linux commands to "press the button" to power on?

anyway, lspci had a large output. a lot of lines of "intel corporation unknown device 8114 (rev 07) except for one line that may be useful to you guys

lspci -----> 02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. Unknown device 002a (rev 01)
 
Old 12-31-2009, 03:48 PM   #7
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what do you guys think if i just go out and buy this?
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3926291

i'd really hate to go spend the money but it seems like no one really knows what to do...
all i'm asking now is if i do buy this and install it through windows would it be recognized as installed in linux?
 
Old 12-31-2009, 10:14 PM   #8
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yexcept for one line that may be useful to you guys

lspci -----> 02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. Unknown device 002a (rev 01)
I don't know why that didn't match "lspci | grep -E 'Net|Eth'", but anyway it seems that you need the ath9k driver.

Can you please post the output of the following three commands
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lsmod | grep ath9k
find /lib/modules/ -name ath9k.ko
uname -a
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:06 PM   #9
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bt ~ # lsmod | grep ath9k
bt ~ # find /lib/modules/ -name ath9k.ko
bt ~ # uname -a
Linux bt 2.6.21.5 #4 SMP Thu Apr 10 04:23:56 GMT 2008 i686 Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU Z530 @ 1.60GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
 
Old 01-01-2010, 02:11 PM   #10
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The ath9k module is only available from kernel version 2.6.30 onwards (I believe). Do you know if backtrack has any more recent kernel version available? If not I can guide you through compiling one for your system, but it will take some effort on your part.

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Old 01-01-2010, 02:41 PM   #11
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The ath9k module is only available from kernel version 2.6.30 onwards (I believe). Do you know if backtrack has any more recent kernel version available? If not I can guide you through compiling one for your system, but it will take some effort on your part.

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Hi Evo2,

Just for information, I have BackTrack4 installed on another laptop and recently did a full dist-upgrade. It's running kernel 2.6.29.4 at the moment.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 01-01-2010, 02:42 PM   #12
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nm...

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Old 01-01-2010, 02:45 PM   #13
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there is a beta version of bt4 available but that one looks scary as well...

I would really have no problem with running over to my friendly neighborhood radioshack and picking up a real cheap usb wifi adapter if i knew it would be supported.. what do you think?

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Old 01-01-2010, 03:15 PM   #14
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Hi,

If you intend to buy one first have a look at this site. In the first paragraph of Configuration there's a link to a hardware compatibility list (pretty extensive one I might add). It's an article from 2005 but should get you started. Just take note of the one for USB that are supported/have drivers with/for Linux.

Kind regards,

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Old 01-03-2010, 02:56 PM   #15
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hey guys, i ended up getting one from this guy on amazon for 30 dollars. What do you guys think?
also, notice that it comes with a driver cd. do you all think that this cd is required for use on BT3 because, if so, i am in trouble.

thanks for the help everyone

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