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Hi there Last night I decided to take the plunge and put ubuntu on my laptop but now I can no longer connect wirelessly. can anyone offer any help or advice? I have always relied on windows so have very little knowledge of linux. It may help to know that i "accidently" installed on the whole disk.Thanks in advance
I believe atheros devices have in-kernel drivers, at least some of them do.
To run these commands, use the terminal or console. In Ubuntu, I believe you'll find "terminal" or "console" or maybe "Gnome Terminal" somewhere in your start-menu type of menu. And, while you;re running those commands, may as well run this one too:
I have had to deal with an atheros wireless card before. I had to find some beta drives for it that worked. I would do the lspci command as the most likely one, it should put out the model of your card so we can tell what card we are dealing with.
Only the last one was needed... the rest are information overflow... So you have a Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter.
EDIT: While I generally do not link to other forums... I believe the answer may lay on the Ubuntu Forums
Last edited by r3sistance; 08-07-2010 at 11:03 AM.
Are you able to connect to the Internet in another other method? (IE through an Ethernet port). If so there is another guide here... http://ubuntumanual.org/posts/185/in...iver-in-ubuntu if you are unable to get to the Tnternet at all, might need to look at alternatives around.
yeh can connect via ethernet its just i want to be able to move the laptop about.think i have downloaded the driver but i cant get it to install. with windows you just hit run button but obviously i need to learn how to do it from here
these commands are to help us to know what your system thinks is installed (not necessarily to get you connected).
lspci # will tell us the pci devices you have in your system.
lsusb # will tell us the usb devices you have in your system.
ifconfig # will tell us what network interface cards you have turned on in your system.
ifconfig -a # will tell us all the network interface cards you have in your system.
iwconfig # will tell us which of your network interface cards has wireless capability
now that we know that, this should get you connected:
sudo iwlist device scan # this will use the device interface (that from the above command, we found out has wireless capability) and scan for wireless routers that are accessible.
sudo iwconfig device essid "myssid" # assuming no security, use that device to connect to your router.
sudo dhclient # will attempt to get ip-address, subnet mask, dns server information automatically from your router assuming dhcp is turned on on your router.
also, please post the contents of cat /etc/network/interfaces
and /etc/resolv.conf should contain your dns server.
depending on if ifconfig returns the name of your device, you mite need to turn it on by doing something like: sudo ifconfig device up
you can also run lsmod to see if the wireless driver module is plugged-in.