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Old 12-20-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
paul.lebrun007
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Wireless disabled !


hi, im new to linux, I downloaded wubi not so long ago to see what it was like and I loved it!
But after the first 2 days, the wifi got disabled, and since, i cant enable it because it is grayed out (i.e. I can't click on "enable wireless"). I have heard about drivers, but when I went and checked for any, there were none. I also tried to plug it in a Ethernet cord and then check if i could enable it from there but nothing... up to now, NOTHING WORKS! If someone could answer this question simple, it would be greatly appreciated! How do I enable it?
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 06:17 PM   #2
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Hello paul.lebrun007 and welcome to LQ,

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...after the first 2 days, the wifi got disabled...
this means that the wireless connection worked after the installation?
Well, this means that the driver is already installed.

If you have a laptop, is there a button to enable/disable the wireless adapter? please check this.

Wubi is installed inside Windows, does the wireless connection work with Windows?

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Old 12-20-2010, 10:58 PM   #3
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If you have a laptop, is there a button to enable/disable the wireless adapter? please check this.
I second this.

On my Dell 1545n laptop, the F2 key toggles the wireless.

I must have hit it accidently and feared I was facing a warranty repair until I hit it accidently two months later and the wireless came back.

(Dell goofed. They made the F# work if you hit the "Fn" key and the other stuff on those keys default. They should have made the F# default and the other stuff require the "Fn" key. That goes into the "oh, well" department.)
 
Old 12-22-2010, 12:45 PM   #4
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Thank you for your reply,
I have actually tried that already. My internet works on windows, but then, when I boot it with ubuntu, the internet is disabled. I actually also have a Dell laptop, (1545n) and i have tried the F2 key. This didn't work...
Thanks again for your concern
 
Old 12-22-2010, 01:18 PM   #5
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Well, could you please post the output of
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sudo lspci | grep -i network
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lsmod
and
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sudo iwconfig
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #6
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I had a similar problem ... Mine is also dell inspiron 15R

Actually the interface config file "/etc/network/interfaces" is not configured for my eth1(wireless) device . So i tried reading on ubuntu documentation about making wireless start at startup and then configured the modem ssid and key in the network connections settings and it made it happen as soon as my machine starts i get my wireless modem connection established (before establishing it asks for admin password) that's it i use the "sudo pon dsl-provider" command to connect to my broadband connection.

after starting your machine
So i suggest you to check the device status through "ifconfig" and then wireless connection established or not through "iwconfig" there you get essid name u set to your modem.

if ifconfig doesnt show ur ethX device other then eth0 and lo then it is the problem with interfaces file configuration problem
 
Old 12-22-2010, 01:42 PM   #7
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Um... hm this may sound a little dumb but I got to ask...
by any chance did you do any update in between the time you were able to use the wifi and it got disabled...
if so what patches did you get, and how did it alter your wifi if it did alter it...
 
Old 12-22-2010, 05:27 PM   #8
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Well, iv tried all of those things, nothing works, I got so fed up that I simply uninstalled WUBI via windows. Then I simply reinstalled, the wifi seems to be working well, this was the only solution :S
Im guessing a modification happened that I wasn't aware of, I will post up something if the problem reoccurs. Thanks to all of You!
 
Old 12-22-2010, 08:37 PM   #9
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If it's a Dell, it probably has a Broadcom chip. You may need the non-free Broadcom driver. Ubuntu has it in their repos.

My 1545n came with Ubuntu, so it contained the driver from the beginning. I recently updated my Dell desktop from the Ubuntu 10.10 CD and had to check something special to get the Broadcom driver, but I can't remember exactly what--it was a while ago.

This might help.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...Driver/bcm43xx.
 
  


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