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Default Ubuntu 10.04 wireless adapter disabled - 09-05-2010, 04:31 PM

Hey all, I've spent the morning searching through threads on here to no avail. I've got a Mini 10 that shipped with W7. I'm dual-booting Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook with zero luck getting the wireless adapter to work in Ubuntu (works fine in W7).

I've gone into Windows and ensured wireless is turned on (F2 key) before rebooting into linux. No joy.

lshw returns this:

  *-network DISABLED
       description: Wireless interface
       physical id: 2
       logical name: wlan0
       serial: 90:4c:e5:29:ff:bf
       capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
My next step is to enable it like so:

jason@netbook:/proc/net$ sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
I've officially exhausted all of my linux-foo. Didn't take long. Any ideas/directions/threads y'all can point me to?


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Default 09-05-2010, 05:54 PM

Make sure the Broadcom WiFi driver is installed (I think this is what the standard 10v WiFi card needs). More info about the Broadcom WiFi driver in Ubuntu, including installation instructions.

I'd just connect to the Internet via a wire, then run "sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source" in a terminal, then reboot. Hopefully, that'll get you up and running.

Mini 9 | Intel 5100 Wifi | Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook
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Default 09-06-2010, 05:52 PM

Thanks for the quick response!

I originally installed the Netbook distro and decided I didn't like the UI. I installed the Desktop distro and that installed the wireless drivers. Problem solved. Wifi works great.


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