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Old 11-20-2008, 04:21 PM   #1
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Wireless connection [Debian Etch] - total newbie


Okey, so I have been installing debian on my laptop (Toshiba Sat L300-1BV) around 2 days (been sleeping lol) because I had some problem with X server.. but I managed to overcome it, now I want to setup wireless connection on my laptop but I cant get into Network Manager as some tutorials says, been looking over internet whole day, found nothing...
So I want help from you guys, here is my lscpi output (thought it can be needed )

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2a40 (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2a42 (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2a43 (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2937 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2938 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 293c (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Unknown device 293e (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2940 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2948 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2934 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2935 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2936 (rev 03)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2939 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation Unknown device 293a (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2919 (rev 03)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2928 (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Unknown device 2930 (rev 03)
00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation Unknown device 292d (rev 03)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
and LSmod

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Module Size Used by
ipv6 286048 14
rfcomm 48040 0
l2cap 32512 5 rfcomm
bluetooth 61572 4 rfcomm,l2cap
ppdev 14088 0
parport_pc 41640 0
lp 17736 0
parport 44684 3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
button 12192 0
ac 10376 0
battery 15496 0
dm_snapshot 20664 0
dm_mirror 25216 0
dm_mod 62800 2 dm_snapshot,dm_mirror
loop 20112 0
sg 40744 0
joydev 15360 0
tsdev 13056 0
psmouse 44432 0
i2c_i801 13076 0
i2c_core 27776 1 i2c_i801
serio_raw 12036 0
pcspkr 7808 0
sr_mod 22436 0
cdrom 40488 1 sr_mod
evdev 15360 2
ext3 138512 2
jbd 65392 1 ext3
mbcache 14216 1 ext3
sd_mod 25856 4
generic 10500 0 [permanent]
ide_core 147584 1 generic
ata_piix 20360 3
libata 106784 1 ata_piix
scsi_mod 153008 4 sg,sr_mod,sd_mod,libata
r8169 36872 0
ehci_hcd 36104 0
uhci_hcd 28696 0
thermal 20240 0
processor 38248 1 thermal
fan 9864 0
 
Old 11-20-2008, 04:28 PM   #2
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Well, looking through your lspci, the only reference to a network card that I can see is:

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02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
which is not a wireless card. You sure you have wireless? Is it a USB or PCMCIA card?
 
Old 11-20-2008, 06:23 PM   #3
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Yep, there doesn't appear to be a recognized wireless card.

BUT....You might really want to think about installing Lenny (Testing) instead of etch - it is much newer and may have better hardware detection and compatibility, especially for a laptop.

Lenny is about the become the new Stable version, so it is pretty mature. If you can download the netinstall version of Testing (Lenny) without too much trouble, I'd suggest just re-installing and let the installer do its thing. Or maybe try Ubuntu if this is your first Linux install.

If this is a new laptop, you should check the specs and figure out what type of wireless network interface card is has or the chipset it is using for wireless. Then you can determine what driver you need. Wireless is not quite plug and play yet.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 07:27 AM   #4
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Yes, I have wireless card. I will try Lenny


this is written in my specs of my laptop

Built-in wireless networking Yes - 802.11b/g


I had Ubuntu but I really dont like it, I wanted to instal openSUSE but it is not detecting my hardware I think because screen is plain black

Last edited by noctrum; 11-22-2008 at 07:28 AM.
 
Old 11-23-2008, 10:24 AM   #5
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Have you thought of Fedora 9? It also has good hardware support. Also, you might consider trying to physically find out what type of wireless card you have.

Also FYI, take a look here: http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.c...0-1AQ/1058205/

The wireless card listed for your laptop is: Intel® GM45 Express chipset and Intel® WiFi Link 5100

This will definitely be supported in cutting edge distros like fedora and ubuntu, but because it's relatively new, those drivers will not have made it back into debian stable, and maybe not even debian unstable.

It will eventually be supported, but don't hold your breath on debian.
 
  


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