[SOLVED] I have installed LinuxMint15 but no internet connection found
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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?
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 -
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:
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.
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.
Last edited by mlplatt; 10-24-2013 at 12:03 PM.
Reason: editing of preceeding post
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
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.
Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
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.
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.. : )
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...
Last edited by jamison20000e; 11-03-2013 at 05:44 PM.
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.