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Old 03-12-2014, 09:13 AM   #1
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internet slow with wired connection OK with WiFi, do I need linux drivers?


New to Linux. Installed Mint 13.0 Maya about 2 weeks ago.
Running firefox 27. A little slow on WiFi but unacceptably slow with ethernet connection.

I remember we needed to install wireless drivers. Do I need drivers for the ethernet adapter? I've looked but I only see Windows drivers available online.

Laptop model compaq 6820s

Thank in advance!
 
Old 03-12-2014, 03:54 PM   #2
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Hi there,

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New to Linux. Installed Mint 13.0 Maya about 2 weeks ago.
Running firefox 27. A little slow on WiFi but unacceptably slow with ethernet connection.
is it just the delay per request? Or is it a low transfer rate with large transfers?
Does the problem occur with another browser as well, or is it limited to Firefox?
What about other network activity, like software updates? Do they run as fast as they should?

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I remember we needed to install wireless drivers. Do I need drivers for the ethernet adapter?
Usually not. Linux has suitable drivers for a multitude of network adapters in stock. With Debian, Ubuntu or Mint, I never had to tweak anything about the network adapter. Even so, it's not entirely impossible that there is an issue with yours. But I think we need a bit more information to narrow it down.

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Laptop model compaq 6820s
Unfortunately, the specs don't tell the type of network controller, but judging from the CPU type it looks to me that this computer isn't actually brand new. So it is very likely that drivers for the network controller have found their way into most contemporary Linux distros.

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:27 PM   #3
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merryway11,
you would expect it to be the other way round, do you have another router to test it with?
Perhaps it is your network (eth0) card, or lead/connection but it is odd that the wireless works better than wired.
You could try a different pc.

In other words try the easy stuff first.

Fred.
 
Old 03-21-2014, 06:50 PM   #4
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Hi friends,

I believe that I asked the wrong question.
The slow internet was just the tip of the iceberg problem.
Almost everything is not working. I expected a learning curve but this is beyond frustrating.
I've seen some people posting about certain distros not working on laptops.
Could Mint Maya be incompatable with my old machine Caopaq 6820s?
 
Old 03-21-2014, 09:18 PM   #5
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Hi friends,

I believe that I asked the wrong question.
The slow internet was just the tip of the iceberg problem.
Almost everything is not working. I expected a learning curve but this is beyond frustrating.
I've seen some people posting about certain distros not working on laptops.
Could Mint Maya be incompatable with my old machine Caopaq 6820s?
I'm not sure if Mint is incomparable with your PC or not...but if it has a low end processor you may want to consider a more light weight distribution. Puppy Linux maybe.

To find out what nic you have run this command--
Code:
lspci l grep -I network
I had to use the letter L in between lspci and grep. You should use the pipe when you execute the command.
Sorry I could not find the pipe on my Android--

To find out what mobo and processor you have run lspci by it's self.
 
Old 03-22-2014, 08:22 AM   #6
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Hi there,

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but if it has a low end processor you may want to consider a more light weight distribution. Puppy Linux maybe.
I don't think that's the point. After all, it's still a dual core Intel. I'm running that same Mint 13 "Maya" with MATE desktop on my own notebook, powered by a single core Intel Atom at 1.6MHz - and, well, it doesn't exactly feel turbocharged, but speed and responsiveness is absolutely okay.

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To find out what nic you have run this command--
Code:
lspci l grep -I network
I had to use the letter L in between lspci and grep. You should use the pipe when you execute the command.
Sorry I could not find the pipe on my Android--
Oh. Good to explain this. I was very confused when I looked at your code line. ;-)

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Old 03-22-2014, 12:46 PM   #7
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That command should be:
Code:
lspci | grep -i network
I found the processor here-
Code:
Intel Core 2 Duo T5470 / 1.6 GHz ( Dual-Core )
http://www.cnet.com/laptops/hp-compa...-32619617.html

Linux Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04.
I'm running Voyager which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and it came with kernel 3.2.0 which support my wireless well.
http://linuxmint.com/rel_maya.php

I looked up the known issues with Ubuntu 12.04 but didn't find anything related to wireless-
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PrecisePango...t-Installation

I'm thinking that kernel 3.2.0 should have the driver that OP needs for his WiFi card.

Sometimes and in some cases with performace or hardware issues installing another version of the kernel can help-

Maybe running the "dist-upgrade" command will provide Mint 13 with what it needs. (just an idea you don't have to if you don't want to)
merryway11

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