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Old 08-30-2007, 12:30 PM   #1
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Wireless support on Toshiba Satellite.


in fact i am not sure if my laptop have built-in wireless LAN support, but after visit this page ( i think it's support wireless LAN.


Networking: Network adapter

Wireless LAN Supported: Yes

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.11b
my question is how can i ensure if i have wireless LAN support in my laptop?

this is my lspci result:

maastaar@MaaSTaaR:~$ lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 01)
0000:00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 01)
0000:00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 01)
0000:00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
0000:00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
0000:00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
0000:00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
0000:00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
0000:00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
0000:01:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB PRO/100 VE (MOB) Ethernet Controller (rev 83)
0000:01:0b.0 CardBus bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC100 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support (rev 33)
if it's support wireless LAN, will work with Linux?
if not what is the best USB wireless LAN work with Linux?

Old 08-30-2007, 04:22 PM   #2
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I did some looking around and found this:

If you go to this URL, on Toshiba's support site, it looks like there are two windoze drivers listed, one is for Antheros chip set. If that is what you have, it is hard to tell, since the wireless lan is integrated on the system board, and not on the PCI bus. That is also why it doesn't show up with command 'lspci'. If it is Antheros chip set there are native linux KLM's that will support it. KLM = kernel loadable modules. ( something like a driver, (but a little different).

I think the Mad-wifi KLM support Antheros chips. Since you have a loaded system, do a 'lsmod' to see if your distro detected the hardware and loaded the modules. If yes, then you need to start configuring. If not, then modprobe the module, configure and activate it.

The other way to get it working is to install ndiswrapper from your distro. Then load the windoze drivers. Configure and activate it. There are how-to's if you decide to try ndiswrapper, on this board under networking.

Hope this helps.


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