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Old 08-01-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy install PC drivers for wireless card


I know this has been answered, but I am frustrated. I will not go into the saga of my series of system issues. The result is I have had to go backwards - not sure which version/install of Ubuntu I am using now.
History: I had the drivers installed in Kubuntu, I had to reinstall them often, but it worked. So I know the drivers work. But as usual Kubuntu doesn't. In Kubuntu there was some GUI that let me point and click to install the drivers.

Current: I see the wireless device, in detail, in the device manager. I have the drivers in a folder. Someone just tell me how to install via terminal? Step by step?

Sorry for this lame post and whining tone. I truly appreciate your response.
 
Old 08-02-2013, 02:44 AM   #2
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Can you slow down, take a deep breath and start again. I read and reread your post. I don't really know what your problem is. You talk about drivers. Which drivers? There are many many drivers. Drivers for what? Drivers do a multitude of different tasks. So what exactly is not working to your satisfaction. Give as many details as possible concerning the nature of your problem. I'm sure a solution will then be forthcoming.

If you are referring to problems with your wireless connection, what makes you think it's a driver issue rather than, say, a configuration issue. Can you post the output of the terminal commands
Code:
ifconfig
iwconfig
You would not go to your doctor's office and complain, "my bone hurts". Got it?
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:00 PM   #3
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Hi, Thanks. I am a spazz!

Simply, I do not know how to manually install the drivers for the wireless card in my PC - without the GUI I had used before.

You are right, it may not be the drivers. I had to install the drivers manually before, so I assumed that once I switched OS versions (and back to a previous install), I would have to install the wireless card drivers again.

I have to type the info to you manually. I cannot get online from that PC in question. I will post the output requested.

ifconfig - looks okay. It is long and complex so I will give you the iwconfig first...

iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions
eth0 no wireless extensions

Does that help?


Thanks!
 
Old 08-02-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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I'm still not getting a feeling for your problem. It would help if you post the output of the ifconfig command. You can copy and paste the output from your terminal. Be sure to surround the output with the code ... /code tags (they are inside of [] brackets). It should look like this:
Code:
~$ ifconfig
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr aa:00:04:00:0a:04  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:50 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:65536  Metric:1
          RX packets:1849354 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:1849354 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:391194389 (373.0 MiB)  TX bytes:391194389 (373.0 MiB)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:19:cb:7b:b7:3b  
          inet addr:192.168.1.39  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::219:cbff:fe7b:b73b/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:18683033 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:14630540 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:50 
          RX bytes:20507324664 (19.0 GiB)  TX bytes:2399697352 (2.2 GiB)
It will also be helpful to see the output of this command:
Code:
sudo lshw |grep network -A 7
You can copy and paste the output as described above.
jdk
 
Old 08-02-2013, 04:36 PM   #5
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I will burn a brain cell and figure out how to get the output to here. I am not able to get online with the Linux box in question, no network connection, so no "cut and paste" ability. If I could upload a photo of the screen that would work.

I would like to first install the wireless card drivers with the terminal...is that possible?
 
Old 08-02-2013, 10:08 PM   #6
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We need a few basics: what wireless chipset do you have and what make/model computer are you using?

This post, thought it's primarily about Broadcom, lists the diagnostics you can use to determine the wireless chipset:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ux-4175434970/
 
Old 08-03-2013, 12:31 AM   #7
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no network connection, so no "cut and paste" ability.
??? So you can't copy the output to a file on the ailing machine and then copy that file onto a usb stick and then plug the usb stick into a machine connected to the network? I don't think not having a network connection has an impact on whether or not you can copy and paste.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:37 PM   #8
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Talking

Oh right!! God, how embarrassing! I will get to it as soon as I am home.
 
Old 08-04-2013, 01:16 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by ninlil View Post
Oh right!! God, how embarrassing! I will get to it as soon as I am home.
No problem, who among has not had such moments.
jdk
 
Old 08-06-2013, 07:11 PM   #10
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root@toni2Gnome:/home/toni2# ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1c:25:68:89:35
inet addr:192.168.1.65 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:43 Base address:0xa000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:99634 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:99634 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:13328008 (13.3 MB) TX bytes:13328008 (13.3 MB)

---------- Post added 08-06-13 at 06:12 PM ----------

root@toni2Gnome:/home/toni2# sudo lshw |grep network -A 7
*-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: ZD1212B Wireless Adapter
vendor: ZyDAS Technology Corp.
physical id: 8
bus info: pci@0000:01:08.0
version: 01
width: 32 bits
 
Old 08-06-2013, 07:13 PM   #11
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iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions
eth0 no wireless extensions
 
Old 08-06-2013, 09:58 PM   #12
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Please run the lspci command and post what it reports about your wireless chipset, as was suggested in the link I posted previously.
 
Old 08-06-2013, 10:46 PM   #13
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Sorry - I missed that one. Here...

root@toni2Gnome:/home/toni2# lspci
00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP61 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 LPC Bridge (rev a2)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP61 SMBus (rev a2)
00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP61 Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP61 USB Controller (rev a2)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP61 USB Controller (rev a2)
00:04.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 PCI bridge (rev a1)
00:05.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP61 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP61 IDE (rev a2)
00:07.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 Ethernet (rev a2)
00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP61 SATA Controller (rev a2)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C61 [GeForce 6100 nForce 405] (rev a2)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:07.0 Multimedia controller: ATI Technologies Inc Theater 550 PRO PCI [ATI TV Wonder 550]
01:08.0 Network controller: ZyDAS Technology Corp. ZD1212B Wireless Adapter (rev 01)
 
Old 08-06-2013, 11:00 PM   #14
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Hi,

the lshw output tells us:
Code:
product: ZD1212B Wireless Adapter
which is equivalent to the lspci ouput. A quick google for this device is not encouraging. I can find no references to it in the "usual" places (but there do appear to be driver downloads directly from zydas).

There are kernel modules (zd1201.ko, zd1211.ko etc). In Debian the firmware is in the zd1211-firmware package (non-free). Not sure what the deal is ubuntu.

Evo2.
 
Old 08-06-2013, 11:07 PM   #15
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My system is an old eMachine, desktop. We have had a couple, I need to see what it is. Sorry, I am distracted and lazy.

This is what I do not understand...
1.) I have had all of the same hardware working fine, last month.
- I was using Kubuntu
- I did have to occasionally re-install the drivers for the wireless card, but it worked fine.
- I was online, wireless.
- I used some interface that I directed to a folder, click, drivers installed.

2.) I switched the OS back to a previous install, this month.
- I need to install the same drivers, into the same hardware set up.

Did I ruin/change something when I switched to an earlier install?
 
  


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