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Old 07-22-2010, 04:03 PM   #1
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Having trouble finding right Distro for Toshiba laptop


I'm having a lot of trouble finding a good Linux Distro that will work with my Toshiba A505-S6020. Here are some specs

i5-430M Intel Processor
4 GB RAM
NVidia Graphics Card
Realtek Network Adapter

One of the big problems I'm having is with the Network Adapter. It won't work with Ubuntu or any Ubuntu based distros. Backtrack 4 won't even start for me (there's a problem with the ACPI, and I'm not sure how to turn it off on Backtrack). Is there any distribution that I won't have to mess with the Kernels too much (I tried Gentoo, but that was a bit over my head). Thanks for any help!
 
Old 07-22-2010, 05:13 PM   #2
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I don't have any Toshiba laptops, but I remember I read somewhere on this forum that openSuse works best for them...
 
Old 07-22-2010, 05:13 PM   #3
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Ubuntu wouldn't work with your Realtek network card? I'm running a Toshiba Qosmio with Ubuntu 10.04 and the network card started working automatically. Ubuntu is one of the best as far as network support goes. Did you happen to try posting to the ubuntu forums? Just a suggestion because Ubuntu is generally considered to have some of the best compatibility with laptops.
 
Old 07-22-2010, 05:14 PM   #4
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I don't have any Toshiba laptops, but I remember I read somewhere on this forum that openSuse works best for them...
Yes, OpenSuse is the other distro that works really well with laptops. I just couldn't think of it a moment ago
 
Old 07-22-2010, 05:25 PM   #5
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I did some searching, and found your posts on Backtrack. In order to help, we need more specific information on the wireless card than you have not provided.

If you boot the system with linux, does the card show up with a 'lspci' command? If yes, please post the results, so we can see if a drive exists for linux. Without card specific information, we can not help. If not, then what shows up if you boot with windoze? ( hardware manager info ).

You said Ubuntu would not work with the card. Did you try the latest release, 10.04 or some older version. That is a fairly new system, and new hardware is not always supported, on older releases. Sometimes there are fixes, if we know the exact hardware.

Understand, Realtek make may different cards. Most of them will work, or can be made to work with either a native linux driver, or the windoze drive and Ndiswrapper. Which of these approaches did you try? After the driver is in place you still have to configure the card for communication to work.

Post back and we'll see if we can help.
 
Old 07-22-2010, 06:06 PM   #6
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Well I got BackTrack to work, but I have to use a USB network adapter inside of VMware. Anyways back to Ubuntu it does not detect my network adapter. If I type in iwconfig and ifconfig it shows no type of adapter. However the type of adapter I have is a Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless 802.11n - PCI-E-NIC So far I've searched for drivers related to this and haven't found anything.
 
Old 07-23-2010, 12:06 PM   #7
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Fist search I did turned up this.

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there is no linuxdriver yet for rtl8191se and rtl8192se. You get your realtek 8191se wifi working by installing ndiswrapper from synaptic in ubuntu + GUI and download the win2000 only driver net8192se.sys and net8192se.inf. the combidriver w2kxp or the xp or vista donīt work!!! After that use WPA because WEP encryption is not supported. good luck. rob
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this thread has become obsolete because realtek rtl8191se drivers are working great: search: rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0015.0127.2010.tar.gz. the 8192se driver is also for 8191se.
rob
This is a link to someone else installing the above .tar.gz file.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...daptor-794052/

Have a look at it. Basically looks like you may need to compile the driver for what ever distro you want.

I would use what ever package manager for your distro and see if there is a compiled driver first. It may be there now. These threads are a few months old now. For Ubuntu try synaptic with a search for just rtl81 and see if it shows up. If yes, install it, configure, an activate the adapter.

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