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Old 10-19-2006, 08:00 PM   #1
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WiFi on Kubuntu (LiveCD) On Notebook


I'm absolutely certain this question has been answered before, so I apologize upfront for the re-post. It's been well over an hour of looking and I'm just fed-up with it.

Thanks for your time.

Problem: I have no wlan0 card module registered with iwconfig.

Brief History:

I have a fairly-new low-end Toshiba Satellite notebook. K Info Center reveals the following two ethernet controllers:

Atheros Communications, Inc.: Unknown Device 001c (rev 01)
Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

I'm guessing that the wireless one is the Atheros, due to the information I've gathered on their website and Realtek's (The Realtek documentation for this model # lists eth0 rather than wlan0 as the module name, leading me to this conclusion)

Failed (or incomplete) solutions:

I've downloaded madwifi but (being a nub) I don't know how to actually launch it after extracting it. I tried sh on everything I could get my paws on and I tried make, which doesn't exist in kubuntu as far as I can tell, and won't install via Adept because it'll break another package... or something.

This is the main tutorial I've been following, I moved on from this to madwifi after a solid hour of struggle:
http://www.tuxmagazine.com/node/1000167


I know how nubbly this question must be, but if you know the answer, please let me know.

Thanks.
 
Old 10-20-2006, 09:35 AM   #2
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Hi,

madwifi is the package you need.

Explain a bit more detail what you get (tar.gz or something) and from where.

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Old 10-20-2006, 02:07 PM   #3
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I went to madwifi's website and downloaded madwifi-0.9.2.tar.gz from the Downloads page.

After download I used KDE's extract feature to extract to a new folder with the pre-existing name. Whenever I try to do a ./configure (from within the makefile's directory) I get the following:

Code:
#./configure

bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
And if I try to make (again, within the makefile's directory) I get the following:

Code:
#make

/bin/sh: line 0: cd: /lib/modules/2.6.15-26-386/build: No such file or directory
Makefile.inc:89: *** /lib/modules/2.6.15-26-386/build is missing,
please set KERNELPATH.  Stop.
If I could provide more information that would be useful, just ask.

Last edited by Aeoruuk; 10-20-2006 at 02:20 PM.
 
Old 10-20-2006, 05:56 PM   #4
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Hi,

#1. no need to ./configure

#2. Do you have kernel source installed? If yes, where, check README file and set KERNELPATH accordingly. If no, install it.

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Old 10-20-2006, 11:33 PM   #5
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I installed something (through Adept) called build-essential (iirc) - is that the kernel source you're speaking of? If it is, I'll go mess with KERNELPATH.

Or do I need a different package? If so, which one should I be looking for? (I recall many different source packages in the browser, it was kind of confusing).
 
Old 10-21-2006, 08:13 PM   #6
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hi,

I do not think you have right one.

I do not know what distro your penguin has... Depending on distro and how you tame your penguin, kernelsource is differnt.

How did you install your penguin?

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Old 10-21-2006, 10:11 PM   #7
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Thanks again for your patience and help.

http://ubuntu-releases.cs.umn.edu//kubuntu/6.06/ is the site with the exact version of Kubuntu that I'm running. The version is "PC (Intel x86) desktop CD" and it is not installed, but rather is a Live CD running from my laptop's CD drive.

Do you, or anyone else, know what kernel source I should be using?
 
Old 10-24-2006, 11:14 AM   #8
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Hi,

Ok, and not OK,

In your situation, (which I personally have never tried), I can only guess, 1. check /usr/src, /usr/local/src or something like these. 2. try to find some file, name is configXXX or .config, 3. check /lib/modules and go deeper... 4. ask somebody for kernel source...

your kernel sits on CD, which somebody compiled. You need config info on this kernel.

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