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Old 04-24-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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Question Upgraded to Meerkat and lost wireless on Toshiba Pro Satellite A10 Laptop

Hi folks,

I am definitely a Linux newbie, and want to learn.

I've been using and enjoying Ubuntu for about 2 years with no real problems - until I upgraded to 10.10 about 4 months ago. I lost my wireless connection, which up to then had been working fine. My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro A10 with 1gig of RAM. The wi-fi card is a Toshiba PA3171U-1MPC which uses an Agere chipset. [URL=""] I have tried installing the .inf file for this card with NdisWrapper, but the card is not recognised.
My modem router is a Netgear DG834G v5. There are other (Windows) laptops connected ok through this router. Browser is Firefox 3.6.16

Why would an earlier version of Ubuntu work fine - with the upgrade then failing to work? I've spent an awful lot of time going round in circles with this and I bet it's something simple..

Thanks in anticipation,


ps FYI

graham@graham-laptop:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.457 GHz Access Point: None
Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Sensitivity:1/0
Retry limit:8 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thrff
Power Managementff
Link Quality=0/70 Signal level=-122 dBm Noise level=-122 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:14
Tx excessive retries:12 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

graham@graham-laptop:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 01)
00:00.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 01)
00:00.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation 82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller (rev 01)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
01:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB PRO/100 VE (MOB) Ethernet Controller (rev 83)
01:0a.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 01)
01:0b.0 CardBus bridge: Toshiba America Info Systems ToPIC100 PCI to Cardbus Bridge with ZV Support (rev 33)
Old 04-25-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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1) Are you up to date with all software?
2) This seems to happen to Ubuntu users on upgrade, not just your version - previous versions solutions could be yours as well. It may be due to misconfiguration, rather than the new versions drivers being "broken".
3) If you're not using ndiswrapper, I would purge it to avoid confusion.
4) Some laptops have an issue with bluetooth & wifi apparently. Try ensuring bluetooth is off (if you have it)
5) Could be worth posting to the Ubuntu forums (& certainly searching them)
Good luck
PS Which is your card in your pci list? - I can't see it (I could be being stupid)

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