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Old 10-30-2007, 07:34 AM   #1
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Exclamation HELP ,My wifi doest work , my graphics cards driver doesnt exist for linux ?


yesterday i put UBUNTU on my vista laptop , but several things dont work , and i need drivers ... but i cant find them ...!!!

- im using the latest version of ubuntu 7.10 , 64bit
-my laptop : acer aspire 9300 vista edition

First off all , my network card
- broadcomm wireless lan driver 4.102.15.53

right now , it doesnt have a name in ubuntu , it says( ethernet interface (eth0) )

Second , my GEFORCE GO 6 series video card
( WHAT ? THERES NO DRIVER ON THE SITE !!!)

theres only a driver for the 7series , wich dont work on mine ...

(have the driver info from the acer site)

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im a noob in linux , and all the "linux sites" are so difficult , and nothing works properly ...
PLEASE HELP !!!
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and im also having problems with themes , they dont all work , something called beryl doesnt work ??
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:07 AM   #2
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First the wireless device; find out (more precisely) which Broadcom card it is:
Code:
/sbin/lspci | grep Broadcom
That should print something out (if not, mention it!), for example something like this:
Quote:
00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
Now it depends on the card model which driver you'll need. It may be that you'll need NDISwrapper and Windows driver files (.sys and .inf) for it to work, and wpa_supplicant to use WPA encryption, but it's not nearly as difficult as all those "howtos" let you understand. Anyway before suspecting that, find out the card type. Some Broadcom cards work (or can be made work) with the native driver in the kernel (in your case it seems it needs something "extra"), some need NDISwrapper, which is usually worse than using native driver, but anyway. Post the output of that command so we can continue helping.

For your graphics card it's a little harder..you do get a graphical desktop, don't you (meaning that the 'nv' driver works for you, but you won't get 3d accelaration)? nVidia's site indeed seems to show that there is no Linux driver package for that series 6, like you mentioned. That's probably it then; you could use MESA drivers or something to get (somekind of) 3d accelaration, but apart from that, you're just going to have to wait for nVidia to release a proprietary driver for your card model, or continue using the non-3d-accelarated driver ('nv' or something), and say goodbye to compiz fusion and such. It's not the end of the world, and it could be some day nVidia has a driver for you.
 
Old 10-30-2007, 08:30 AM   #3
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Ah, you're caught by the market hype for Ubuntu. Bless.

If you are a neewb (which you allege you are) then I strongly recommend you try something less "fraught" than ubuntu. There are much more user friendly linux distros - such as PClinux or mint that support your card natively.

Ubuntu is not the best selection for a new starter.

Try not to get caught up in the hype about it. Its okay but not the easiest if you dont even know how to get a wireless card and video card installed. You'll face more difficulty in future!

Mind you, it is a good way to learn though!

I use Broadcomm wireless in PClinux and it "just works".

Good luck anyway.
 
Old 10-30-2007, 08:44 AM   #4
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thank u for replying
but the terminal says
bash: /sbin/1spci: no such file directory

i tried googling it , but all i get is
WIFI CARTE BROADCOM 802.11G

and , it seems like there lots of types "aspire 9300" , there are even "ASPIRE 9300"'s with another wifi card ,

i hope we can solve it , because my dad asked me to put XP on it , but XP didnt support the hardware , so i put ubuntu on it , but i had to delete vista , and he needs the pc for his work and he will be back in like 3 days

Could it be that most of the important things in my pc are made for VISTA ONLY ??

the wifi , video card , sound card , ...
 
Old 10-30-2007, 08:50 AM   #5
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Ah, you're caught by the market hype for Ubuntu. Bless.

If you are a neewb (which you allege you are) then I strongly recommend you try something less "fraught" than ubuntu. There are much more user friendly linux distros - such as PClinux or mint that support your card natively.

Ubuntu is not the best selection for a new starter.

Try not to get caught up in the hype about it. Its okay but not the easiest if you dont even know how to get a wireless card and video card installed. You'll face more difficulty in future!

Mind you, it is a good way to learn though!

I use Broadcomm wireless in PClinux and it "just works".

Good luck anyway.
but ubuntu site said , " it just works"
and ubuntu seems the same as fedora and yellowdog , wich i had on my playstation 3 ... ,but atleast there were drivers available
, ill look pclinux up , but hopefully i get ubuntu to work
 
Old 10-30-2007, 08:53 AM   #6
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pclinux looks cool , but will it solve my problems ?
and will the cool graphics work without a nvidia driver ??
 
Old 10-30-2007, 09:11 AM   #7
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!!!!!!
i looked at the bottom of my laptop and it said



Broadcom : BCM94311MCG
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does that help ?
 
Old 10-30-2007, 12:58 PM   #8
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Clearly, in your case - it does not "simply just work" does it? Although I am not saying PClinux is the godsend and cradle to grave solution, but I have found it to be the most "neewb friendly" in some 200+ PCs I have installed at my Company (Baesystems UK).


The command is "lspci" that is a l as in limousine and not a 1 as in 1-to-1.

Also, the name of the modem is useful, but as our colleague b0uncer says, and correctly, you need to ascertain if linux is detecting your card. The instructions he provided will do this - in part - but we need to know the response to the commands.

PClinux is more "polished" in my view than Ubunutu and delivers "out of the box" capability. I'm sure that ubunutu can do this and probably has - I'm just not aware of anyone installing it and it working out-of-the-box! Doesnt mean its not happened, I just have not come across it in my experiences.

Why not download the ISO, burn to CDRW and boot. If you dont like it dont install it. Here is a link to PClinux with GNOME desktop (more responsive than the default KDE based ISO in my view)

http://www.linuxgator.org/PCLinuxOS/...ite-2.18.0.iso
 
Old 10-30-2007, 02:13 PM   #9
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ok , but the command still says the same , with the 1 replaced bij l
, i'll try the pclinux thing
 
Old 10-30-2007, 02:14 PM   #10
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could i use them both ?? like 2 osses ... ? , i have 2 (50gb harddisks )
 
Old 10-30-2007, 02:31 PM   #11
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Yes you can use two OSs.

You would need to partition your 50GB in to 2x25GB (for arguments sake!) and then tell the installer to use one of the whole partitions for everything. A little knowledge on partitioning and linux install would be useful however...

Why not download the two ISOs (ubuntu OFFICIAL and the one I gave you above) as this creates what is called a "LiveCD". This means you can boot from either CD and dont need to install to hard disk to "play around" with them. Then, install the one you like best!! Each one has a "install" icon on the desktop when you've made your decision.

I think having two hard disk installs of a linux distro is, well, illogical to say the least? Thats my view.
 
Old 10-30-2007, 04:26 PM   #12
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ill do the rest tomorrow , no im gonna sleep
 
Old 10-30-2007, 06:35 PM   #13
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I need help with this too I have a dell inspiron noob to linux too and I can't find the drivers for my wifi card I have a Dell wireless 1390 mini-card and i can't find the driver for it for ubuntu and i also can't watch videos or listen to music it says i don't have the codecs for that either.can someone please help me find the codecs and drivers for my needs?thanks guys
 
Old 10-31-2007, 03:31 AM   #14
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I need help with this too I have a dell inspiron noob to linux too and I can't find the drivers for my wifi card I have a Dell wireless 1390 mini-card and i can't find the driver for it for ubuntu and i also can't watch videos or listen to music it says i don't have the codecs for that either.can someone please help me find the codecs and drivers for my needs?thanks guys
, ye i just found out , my soundcard doesnt work either
welcome to the club
 
Old 10-31-2007, 06:01 AM   #15
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I need help with this too I have a dell inspiron noob to linux too and I can't find the drivers for my wifi card I have a Dell wireless 1390 mini-card and i can't find the driver for it for ubuntu and i also can't watch videos or listen to music it says i don't have the codecs for that either.can someone please help me find the codecs and drivers for my needs?thanks guys
Open a terminal window, entery the following commands:

Code:
su
<replies with "Password:". enter your admin/root password>
lspci 
<replies with some output>
lsmod | grep snd
<replies with some output>
Post the output of the above, here please.


links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lspci

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