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What Laptop are you running ? AAO ? Seems like the kernel is simply not-up-to-date to handle the hardware. I have the "Acer Crystal Eye" working OOTB since kernel 2.6.27, i think that the wifi is just working OOTB since 2.6.28...well, that would mean you'll have to upgrade or relay on the Debian wiki for AAO (comprehensive steps there), and no, i have not searched LQ for an "inhouse"-solution yet.
About your poor graphics: did you manually correct the xorg.conf ? At least you should have the driver "intel" instead of "vesa", if you're trying to run Compiz, you have to use some more tweaks (all in the wiki).
Good Luck, @nno
open a command prompt and issue the following command
then post the output of lspci again.. then we should be able to see which Atheros wireless card you have..
Also from the looks of some of that hardware (intel 4xxx series graphics) you should be running Ubuntu 8.10, it would have had an easier time detecting your hardware and it should actually support your graphics controller out of the box.
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# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg