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Old 11-23-2008, 08:16 PM   #1
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Wireless card disabled after clean reinstall to 8.10


I recently had 8.04 x86 for my laptop. When it installed, the wireless adapter worked from day 1. For a few reasons I decided to do a clean install to 8.10. Since then, my wireless card has been disabled. I have a button that enables/disables wireless cards. When I press it, the wi-fi button stays lit, but the bluetooth icon will toggle on and off. If I remember correctly, the wi-fi is not on when it is not connected to a network. The ethernet port still connects to the internet.

When I did:
sudo lshw -C Network
it outputted something like this (I am on another computer, there may be a typo)

*-network:1 DISABLED
 description: Wireless interface
 physical id: 2
 logical name: wlan0
 serial: 00:90:4b:fb:e4:3e
 capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
 configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
Any suggestions on how to correct this?

Old 12-01-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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You likely need the backports for your current kernel.
Old 12-01-2008, 04:00 PM   #3
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Well all that info is nice, but you failed to tell us the most important thing, what device is it?
Old 12-01-2008, 06:08 PM   #4
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What is a "backport"? Just curious.
Old 12-01-2008, 07:47 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jdruin View Post
What is a "backport"? Just curious.
Some wireless drivers are in the linux-backports (Atheros comes to mind)..

Old 01-19-2010, 12:17 AM   #6
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Sorry to bring up such an old thread. I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my compaq presario r4000 and am having the same issue as above with my wireless card. I have done a fair amount of looking and haven't found any good answers yet and was wondering if I could get a hand with this. Thanks.


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