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Old 10-23-2013, 08:48 PM   #16
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I take Dell Insipiron 530s is a desktop machine and doesn't come with built-in wireless capabilities, so you are using TP-LINK Wireles N Adaptor which is a usb-plug-in device to receive signals. Is this correct?
 
Old 10-24-2013, 09:03 AM   #17
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The Dell Inspiron 530s is a desk top machine that came with built in wireless capabilities. I replaced the original adaptor (which was a G specification)with the TP-Link N. It is not a USB plug-in but is built into the computer.

Following upon your remark about TP-Link not supporting Linux I contacted their support people who today replied -

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What is the hardware version of your TL-WN851N?

For version 1, the chip we use is AR5416+AR2122. For version 2, the chip is Atheros AR9223,.
And you can download the driver from this webpage:

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k

Please install the driver to have a try.
None of the literature that accompanied the product mentions the Hardware version. I am not sure if the driver they mention will suit both chips. And of course I have to persuade Linux to get, and stay, on line to download.
 
Old 10-24-2013, 10:18 AM   #18
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Here is a similar situation
http://askubuntu.com/questions/30144...e-package-loss

And here is another
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I had problems with the Atheros ath9k driver when I upgraded my kernel to fix some power management issues.

Tried the ath9k.conf file but it did not work.

Then I downloaded a driver and it solved my WiFi problems. This was what I did:

Go to wireless.kernel.org and download the appropiate driver for your kernel.

Check kernel version in terminal: uname -a

Unpack the file you just downloaded in a new folder into your downloads folder.
(it should be something like Downloads/compat-wireless-3.5.4-1-snp)
(beware: your filename might be different)

You will probably need the build tools; open a terminal and type:

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sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic
Then after you have installed build-essential and headers, please do:

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cd Downloads/compat-wireless-3.5.4-1-snp
sudo su
make
make install
modprobe -r ath9k
modprobe ath9k
exit
My computer crashed shortly after the 2nd modprobe, but when I restarted everything ran lightspeed.

I'm running on an Aspire 5750Z. Hope it helps.

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Old 10-24-2013, 10:56 AM   #19
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Thanks GNU/Linux and TroN-0074. By some miracle I found the box that he adaptor came in. (I had used it to store photographic paper). This shows the adapter to be a TL-WN951N and not a TL-WN851N. All the literature I have gives both references.

Moreover in very faint letters ON the bar code label is a faint 'Ver 1.0'.

I have asked TP-Link if this, being 951 and not 851, makes any difference to the information they previously gave.

Hopefully I can then have go at rectifying the situation. Bearing in mind my complete incompetence can either of you, suggest which option I should attempt first? The second detailed option by TroN-0074 above looks user friendly unless GNU?linux has further suggestions?

I am most grateful to both of you , and indeed to all who have helped.

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:04 AM   #20
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It still says to install ath9k driver see this link
http://wikidevi.com/wiki/TP-LINK_TL-WN951N_v1

and here is a old thread about it
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1364093
 
Old 10-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #21
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TroN-0074 Sorry to have not replied sooner but the weekend brought distractions that kept me away from the computer. Can you advise me futher please? I hesitate to just blunder on not really knoweing what I ma doing lest I jusy louse it up.

I chrecked the kernel version uname -a which gave me

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Linux terrier  3.8.0-19-generic #29-Ubuntu SMP Wed Apr 17 18:19:42 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i5686 GNU/Linux
I am not at all sure though as to which the appropriate driver is on the http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k webpage. Should I go for the most stable backport as in = backports/stable/v3.11-rc3/backports-3.11-rc3-1.tar.bz2? Or try and find something that corresponds to the Atheros AR5416+AR2122 reference (AR5008) given to me by TP-Link? I really don't understand what a backport is for a start.

The good news is that this morning the wireless connection ohas behaved itself and has bot dropped once. I don't want to mess it up by doing something stupid.
 
Old 10-29-2013, 08:16 AM   #22
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For what I saw post #18 is still valid for the wireless card you have. however you said you can connect but it becomes very unstable, that is the part I don't know why. it might be the wireless manager in Linux Mint or it maybe some other software issues. Not really sure.
I did a search on the web and nobody mention issues with the computer you have running Linux maybe a different distro will do? Maybe a different release of Linux Mint? I cant really say.
 
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:38 AM   #23
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That is what I would like to suggest! Pop in the 'ol Live cd of some other system and compare....You never know! Then let us know if you do, because I have been all over trying to figure this one out.. : )
 
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:53 AM   #24
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Sorted by "popularity"(you decide) and all free! Especially in the earlier days I'd just switch distros if I'd spend too much time and effort but things still wouldn't do what I wanted although the better you, distros and soft\hard\ware get...

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Old 10-30-2013, 12:49 PM   #25
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Thanks everyone for your comments and help. I to have been distracted over the last few days by work issues. I also am feeling a bit of a fraud ... albeit a mystified one.

On the 28th I posted

#The good news is that this morning the wireless connection has behaved itself and has not dropped once.# give or take a couple of typos.

On the 29th this continued . The connection was stable until it dropped completely whilst watching a video of a rugby match on Youtube. I had a message that an error had occurred ... no details but with a suggestion that I try again later.

Then a window appeared, unsolicited, from my server Plusnet inviting me to reconfigure the router access. There was nothing that seemed to need changing so I just re-entered the existing settings.

Since then the wireless connection has remained absolutely stable. No problems at all. Whether it will last I do not know. Neither do I know if resetting the router made any difference as indeed it seemed to be OK before that.

Maybe it just sort of got used to the system. Whatever it is I am for the moment going to take no further action other than keeping my fingers crossed.

Thanks again everyone who helped. Maybe one of the things tried sparked off the recovery.
 
Old 10-30-2013, 01:03 PM   #26
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So for what I see the problem was from the internet provider end and the router.

So change nothing in your computer for now and keep us posted. Perhaps if you see problems in the future contact your internet company first to confirm they haven't change anything.

Wish you best luck.
 
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:48 AM   #27
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No news is good news, msplatt .
 
Old 11-02-2013, 07:46 AM   #28
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Again thanks again all. I have another small problem which I will appreciate your help but that is doubtless best aired under another thread.
 
  


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