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Old 10-23-2007, 06:49 PM   #1
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Can't get wireless to work on Toshiba notebook


Alright so, I just got done installing slack 12 ive got most of everything working, but I'm having some trouble getting the wireless to work.

I have a Toshiba Satellite L45-S7409

here's the output form my "/sbin/lspci":
maverick@Synthetic:~$ /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controlle
r Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrat
ed Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Grap
hics Controller (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Contolle
r #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controll
er #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Control
ler #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller
(rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (r
ev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (r
ev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (r
ev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controll
er #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controll er #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controll er #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Control ler #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Contro ller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHC I Controller (rev 03)
05:01.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba)
05:01.2 Generic system peripheral [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSP ro Host Adapter (rev 21)
05:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Unknown device 0843 (rev 11)
05:01.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (re v 11)
05:01.5 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 11)
05:07.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139 C+ (rev 10)
maverick@Synthetic:~$

Any guidence would be of great help. Thanks in advance
 
Old 10-23-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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root@Synthetic:/home/maverick# lspci |grep Ethernet
05:07.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
root@Synthetic:/home/maverick#

judging from that its only finding my ethernet it doesn't seem to be able to find my wireless.
 
Old 10-24-2007, 02:47 AM   #3
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Does your laptop have a switch to turn on/off the wireless adapter?
Do you know the make + model of wireless adapter?
If it is too new it may not be supported!
 
Old 10-24-2007, 04:23 PM   #4
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the manual says its a:
Integrated Wi-FiŽ compliant wireless:
10
o Realtek 802.11b/g wireless-LAN

It does have an on and off swtich but its set to on, but the light isn't on which might be the problem, the could it be slack stoping it? any help is greatly appriciated. oh and ive already tried ndiswrapper w/ no luck.
 
Old 10-25-2007, 03:29 AM   #5
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Can you confirm that your wireless adapter works by bootng up in Windows and testing it there?
And also get the model number if possible (eg RTL8185).
Also check:
http://rtl-wifi.sourceforge.net/wiki/Main_Page
it may help.

Also try the following to see if a driver is being loaded:
lsmod
dmesg
 
Old 10-25-2007, 03:33 AM   #6
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Oh, one more thing, you may want to try one of the Live-CD's (like knoppix)
to see if they recognize your wireless.
Slackware can be a pain to install things by hand.
 
Old 10-25-2007, 07:56 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Synth218 View Post
the manual says its a:
Integrated Wi-FiŽ compliant wireless:
10
o Realtek 802.11b/g wireless-LAN

It does have an on and off swtich but its set to on, but the light isn't on which might be the problem, the could it be slack stoping it? any help is greatly appriciated. oh and ive already tried ndiswrapper w/ no luck.
Hi,

First, when posting data or logs please place them in a vbcode window, either a Quote or Code(#) at the top of the session window. This will make it easier to read through long list(s).

As root from the cli;

Code:
~#uname -r                            #kernel?
~#dmesg |grep -i eth >mydmesgeth      #dmesg for eth device
~#dmesg |grep -i rtl >mydmesgrtl      #dmesg for Realtek
~#lspci -vv |grep -i eth >myeth       #find eth device(s)
~#lspci -vv |grep -i rtl >mytrl       #find the Realtek devices
~#lsmod >mymodules                    #list modules
~#ifconfig -a                         #What does the Kernel see?
This will provide us with data to assist you in diagnosis of the problem. Please post the files unedited! You can redirect or copy to a common media be it a flash, floppy or even a shared FAT partition.
 
Old 10-26-2007, 10:27 PM   #8
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I have same laptop / problem (with kubuntu 7.10)

I am glad to see this thread since I have same laptop (great Office Depot deal!). I have installed Kubuntu 7.10 and have same lack of wireless. The response to the previous questions are as follows:

#
Code:
blake@blake-laptop:~$
blake@blake-laptop:~$ uname -r
2.6.22-14-generic
blake@blake-laptop:~$ dmesg | grep -i eth
[    4.200000] 8139cp: 10/100 PCI Ethernet driver v1.3 (Mar 22, 2004)
[   15.584000] 8139too Fast Ethernet driver 0.9.28
[   15.704000] eth0: RealTek RTL8139 at 0xf89fec00, 00:1d:60:f1:55:48, IRQ 16
[   15.704000] eth0:  Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8100B/8139D'
[   21.992000] eth0: link down
[   22.416000] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
[  698.952000] eth0: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0x45E1
[  698.956000] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
[  714.056000] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
blake@blake-laptop:~$ dmesg | grep -i rtl
[   15.704000] eth0: RealTek RTL8139 at 0xf89fec00, 00:1d:60:f1:55:48, IRQ 16
[   15.704000] eth0:  Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8100B/8139D'
blake@blake-laptop:~$ lspci -vv | grep -i eth
05:07.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
blake@blake-laptop:~$ lspci -vv | grep -i rtl
05:07.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
blake@blake-laptop:~$ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
xt_limit                3584  8
xt_tcpudp               4224  10
ipt_LOG                 7552  8
ipt_MASQUERADE          4608  0
ipt_TOS                 3200  0
ipt_REJECT              5760  1
nf_conntrack_irc        8088  0
nf_conntrack_ftp       11136  0
xt_state                3456  6
af_packet              24840  2
rfcomm                 42136  2
l2cap                  26240  11 rfcomm
bluetooth              57060  4 rfcomm,l2cap
ppdev                  10244  0
ipv6                  273892  12
acpi_cpufreq           10568  1
cpufreq_ondemand        9612  1
cpufreq_conservative     8072  0
cpufreq_userspace       5280  0
cpufreq_powersave       2688  0
cpufreq_stats           7232  0
freq_table              5792  3 acpi_cpufreq,cpufreq_ondemand,cpufreq_stats
video                  18060  0
asus_acpi              17308  0
ac                      6148  0
button                  8976  0
container               5504  0
dock                   10656  0
sbs                    19592  0
battery                11012  0
parport_pc             37412  0
lp                     12580  0
parport                37448  3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
joydev                 11328  0
snd_hda_intel         263712  2
snd_pcm_oss            44672  0
snd_mixer_oss          17664  1 snd_pcm_oss
snd_pcm                80388  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss
pcmcia                 41388  0
snd_seq_dummy           4740  0
snd_seq_oss            33152  0
snd_seq_midi            9600  0
snd_rawmidi            25728  1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event      8448  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
snd_seq                53232  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_timer              24324  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device          9228  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
8139too                27776  0
yenta_socket           27532  1
rsrc_nonstatic         14080  1 yenta_socket
pcmcia_core            40980  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
serio_raw               8068  0
snd                    54660  13 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,
snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
sr_mod                 17828  0
cdrom                  37536  1 sr_mod
pcspkr                  4224  0
ata_generic             8452  0
sdhci                  18828  0
mmc_core               28420  1 sdhci
soundcore               8800  1 snd
snd_page_alloc         11400  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
psmouse                39952  0
intel_agp              25620  1
agpgart                35016  1 intel_agp
shpchp                 34580  0
pci_hotplug            32704  1 shpchp
evdev                  11136  6
iptable_nat             8708  0
nf_nat                 20140  2 ipt_MASQUERADE,iptable_nat
nf_conntrack_ipv4      19724  8 iptable_nat
nf_conntrack           65288  7 ipt_MASQUERADE,nf_conntrack_irc,nf_conntrack_ftp,xt_state,iptable_nat,nf_
nat,nf_conntrack_ipv4
nfnetlink               6936  3 nf_nat,nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack
iptable_mangle          3840  0
iptable_filter          3968  1
ip_tables              13924  3 iptable_nat,iptable_mangle,iptable_filter
x_tables               16260  9 xt_limit,xt_tcpudp,ipt_LOG,ipt_MASQUERADE,ipt_TOS,ipt_REJECT,xt_state,ipt
able_nat,ip_tables
ext3                  133896  1
jbd                    60456  1 ext3
mbcache                 9732  1 ext3
sg                     36764  0
sd_mod                 30336  5
8139cp                 25088  0
mii                     6528  2 8139too,8139cp
ata_piix               17540  0
ehci_hcd               36492  0
uhci_hcd               26640  0
ahci                   23300  4
libata                125168  3 ata_generic,ata_piix,ahci
scsi_mod              147084  4 sr_mod,sg,sd_mod,libata
usbcore               138632  3 ehci_hcd,uhci_hcd
thermal                14344  0
processor              32072  2 acpi_cpufreq,thermal
fan                     5764  0
fuse                   47124  5
apparmor               40728  0
commoncap               8320  1 apparmor
blake@blake-laptop:~$ ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1D:60:F1:55:48
          inet addr:192.168.1.90  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::21d:60ff:fef1:5548/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:4444 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:4378 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:3205674 (3.0 MB)  TX bytes:585527 (571.8 KB)
          Interrupt:16 Base address:0xec00

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:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

blake@blake-laptop:~$
#
 
Old 10-27-2007, 03:11 AM   #9
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Have you tried the manufacturer's web site for drivers?
I noticed the following web page:

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/

Might be worth investigating.

What does Windows list as the chip being used in the wireless adapter?
 
Old 10-27-2007, 06:00 PM   #10
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Oh, right... Vista reports that it's

Realtek RTL8187B USB 2.0 wireless adapter

and wireless works in vista (so the chip is not dead).

Yes the realtek site has some linux drivers but only a windows driver for this particular chip. ndiswrapper is a package that can allow a windows driver to run under the linux kernel but I've seen posts that this is very hard to do.

More windows info: Port_#0002.Hub_#0003 ver. 6.1089.601.2007

(I have to hand it to Vista for having a nice very easy tool to get this info.)

One more piece of info:
:~$ lsusb
Bus 006 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 007 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:8197 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
blake@blake-laptop:~$

(so it is visible via USB)

Last edited by blake5634; 10-27-2007 at 06:10 PM. Reason: add a fact.
 
Old 10-27-2007, 06:50 PM   #11
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OK, I've been working on ndiswrapper based on

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...er/Ndiswrapper

I've got the realtek windows drivers for the chip and installed ndiswrapper ( sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9).

Now, %% sudo ndiswrapper -i net8187b.inf

works, but when checking via diswrapper -l, it returns

driver installed

but NOT displaying that it actually connected to the device... this pattern is the same regardless of the driver OS version (i.e. XP, vs Vista86, vs Win2000).

Last edited by blake5634; 10-27-2007 at 06:52 PM.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 02:47 AM   #12
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So, when you typed "ndiswrapper -l" it did not display a driver name?
Hmmm, I would have figured it would say "No driver installed" if nothing was installed!
But any case, it sounds like the driver install didn't click for some reason!

Have you tried this web site:
http://www.datanorth.net/~cuervo/blo...ista/#comments

Someone seems to have it working!
 
Old 10-28-2007, 07:36 PM   #13
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Sorry, the exact output of ndiswrapper -l was

net8187b : driver installed

I'll check that other link.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 10:22 PM   #14
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That makes a big difference.
Can you cut & paste everything that "ndiswrapper -l" prints?

It should say something like:
xxx driver installed
xxx present


If that is the case then try "ndiswrapper -m" to add the wlan0 alias to your system.

Then issue commands to load the ndiswrapper and then reboot.

By the way have you seen:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...ltimate_Guide/

Hope this helps.
 
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Sorry to not be clear, what I pasted WAS the entire output.
 
  


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