I recently purchased a Starling Netbook from System76, which had Ubuntu 11.04 installed on it. Wireless on the system worked fine.
Since I prefer Debian to Ubuntu, I installed Debian testing on the box & am now unable to get wireless working.
Here is the relevant lspci output:
13:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8191SEvB Wireless LAN Controller (rev 10)
and here is the output of iwconfig:
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
... so there appears to be no wlan0 interface available.
When I was installing and had the wired connection active, I was careful to install the firmware-realtek package, which looks as though it should have the right driver in it:
I am not sure where to go from here. I found a linuxquestions thread that seems to suggest compiling the driver should work (there is a link to another post on forums.debian.net re: how to do this) but I am unclear why this should be necessary ...
Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks.