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Old 12-24-2014, 04:45 AM   #16
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is the driver available or not? as you know there is no magic Linux driver fairy...
Debian does have non-free drivers if you enable them.
Thank you for your answer,and yes indeed Debian doesn't have a magic Linux drive fairy, but I had the error mentioned with Ubuntu based distros even Porteus and no errors with Kali linux live which is Debian wheezy based


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it all depends on how you define EASY and BEAUTIFUL

for ME
that is a text install of cent or Debian
-- nothing easier

for someone that has NEVER used a text based terminal ....

OpenSUSE 13.2 KDE

opensuse is very GUI ( Graphical User Interface )centric

Okay, thank you i'll try it



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The solution for that would be a hardware solution, not a software one.

Is there a function key that might turn the wireless on and off? I had a computer that had such a key, but you would never figure it from the image on the key itself. Look for a key that has an antenna, an inverted triangle, or some such image on it.

Also, it might help to know which wireless chipset is the the computer. Try booting to one of the Live CDs and running the command lspci from a terminal. A portion of the output should report the wireless chipset (assuming that whatever turned it off did not render it completely invisible to the system).
I already mentioned that I had the error with Ubuntu 14.04 and ubuntu 14.04 based distros but network worked perfectly with Kali Linux Debian Wheezy based




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Thank you


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Funky...whatever..
Wifi chips are not widely catered for with GNU/Linux, better to check the hardware before the distro. Firmware stuff exists for some distros but some chips will work on any Linux and you can get USB plugin sticks that use non-proprietry software, eg, TPE-N150USB but not cheap.
Note, have you tried rfkill in regard of the keyboard turn off switch? It sorted my Broardcam problem out. Try, rfkill --help

Fred.
I already mentioned that I had the error with Ubuntu 14.04 and ubuntu 14.04 based distros but network worked perfectly with Kali Linux Debian Wheezy based, and tried alot of solutions but none works and my PC doesn't have a wifi switch button



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My laptop has a broadcomm wifi card and when I was using Mint 13 it worked quite well with the bcmwl-kernel-source driver.

Usually, the older the hardware, the better, because a driver would have been created by then.
Thank you
 
Old 12-24-2014, 05:22 PM   #17
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Just for the record: some hardware requires a software action on order for the WiFi driver to set the hardware disable switch correctly. This happened to me on an Acer with Broadcom Wifi adapter. So an incorrect reading of the hardware switch can be distro dependent. Depending on which version of the driver is being used.

This aside, I find Linux Mint Debian Edition with Mate Desktop particularly appealing to the eye. LMDE is not based on Ubuntu as the name says but on Debian Testing. It is easy to use as well. My wife uses multiple Mint machines and I never heard any complaints. (Altough she is the best spouse on earth she is a complete computer illiterate)

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Old 12-28-2014, 03:05 PM   #18
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is the driver available or not? as you know there is no magic Linux driver fairy...
Debian does have non-free drivers if you enable them.
Hello 273,
I'm sorry but I think Debian reall have "a magic Linux driver fairy" I downloaded all Debian Wheezy Desktops i386 (debian-live-7.7.0-i386-gnome-desktop,debian-live-7.7.0-i386-kde-desktop,debian-live-7.7.0-i386-lxde-desktop and debian-live-7.7.0-i386-xfce-desktop )and Kali Linux I made a live USB the internet connection worked perfectly with 0 ERRORS, but I was disappointed when I tried linuxmint-201403-cinnamon-dvd-32bit (Debian based linuxmint with cinnamon desktop) the OS is beautiful and easy using but I always had the "Wi-Fi is disabled by hardware switch" ERROR well, the wireless ON button in the OS couldn't be activated I tried rfkill list and always found hardware block yes and tried all solutions on the internet but no positive results!
 
Old 12-28-2014, 03:20 PM   #19
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Hello 273,
I'm sorry but I think Debian reall have "a magic Linux driver fairy" I downloaded all Debian Wheezy Desktops i386 (debian-live-7.7.0-i386-gnome-desktop,debian-live-7.7.0-i386-kde-desktop,debian-live-7.7.0-i386-lxde-desktop and debian-live-7.7.0-i386-xfce-desktop )and Kali Linux I made a live USB the internet connection worked perfectly with 0 ERRORS, but I was disappointed when I tried linuxmint-201403-cinnamon-dvd-32bit (Debian based linuxmint with cinnamon desktop) the OS is beautiful and easy using but I always had the "Wi-Fi is disabled by hardware switch" ERROR well, the wireless ON button in the OS couldn't be activated I tried rfkill list and always found hardware block yes and tried all solutions on the internet but no positive results!
My apologies, I was a little crotchety. However, I was trying to ask whether you were able to ascertain the difference between the Kali installed drivers and the Debian ones.
A guess is that Kali enables non-free drivers by default and is based upon the latest Debian packages -- so at least Sid if not some Experimental. However, I am not the one in a position to run commands like lsusb, lspci and "apt-cache policy" to fine that out. After all, you are an advanced user.
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... I'm an advanced Linux user...
 
Old 12-28-2014, 04:41 PM   #20
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After all, you are an advanced user
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