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Link to this post 28 Dec 09

And I'm a little new to linux, so yeah.
But I installed it and everything was fine until I tried to use the internet.
Somehow, I can't find how to connect with wireless? I'm using Ubuntu 8.04 btw.
But I'm only allowed to connect with Wired Connections, and some other connection?
I've been googling for hours but can't find a solution.

Thanks to anyone who helps me!

Link to this post 28 Dec 09

Knowing a little more about what hardware your using would help. What type of computer, desktop or laptop, if you unfamiliar with what cpu etc., tell us a brand and model number. Also, in a terminal, can you copy and paste the output from lspci so we can see what type of wireless device the computer has.
At a prompt when the terminal opens, just type "lspci" (without the quotes), hit enter and then copy and paste the result here.

Link to this post 29 Dec 09

I'm using a Toshiba Satellite L300D
and the Model Number is: PSLC0E-017017EN

This is what comes up when i type lspci into the terminal:
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
00:04.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 7914
00:05.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1)
00:12.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0)
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1)
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2)
00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3)
00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4)
00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 14)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)

Link to this post 29 Dec 09

Your laptop should have listed a pci device RTL8187B wlan-adapter. Is it possible you have a toggle switch that enables and/or disables the wifi? Could you check and let us know? Even if the driver for your wifi chip is not active, it should have been listed with lspci. Also, check to see if the wireless card is enabled in bios, I don't know why it would be turned off by default, but it is always good to check. If you do find something switched off, and are able to switch it back on, do another lspci and see if the rtl8187 is then listed. If it is, Ubuntu should be able to find a driver for you, if not, tell us and we will go on from there.

Link to this post 29 Dec 09

yeah, i have a toggle switch that enables/disables wifi, but it's enabled. i went into bios, and i couldn't see wireless card, so i just enabled all. i done another lspci, and rtl8187 is still not listed.

Link to this post 29 Dec 09

I'm at a loss here, unless there is a hardware problem. Did the laptop come with windows, and if it did, did wifi work under windows? Is there a diagnostic program you can run, I've never used a Toshiba laptop and don't know what disks come with it. Maybe someone else here can chime in with some ideas.

Edit: I'll see if I can google up some answers.
Edit: sorry, it does seem like the rtl8187b has been problematic in the past, one link I found from older ubuntu forums:
http://www.linux-solved.com/post/SOLVED-Ubuntu-8-04-64Bit-on-Toshiba-L300D-10Q-17148.html

I still think that it still should show up when executing lspci, but, I'm still looking.

Another link:
http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~pgp/personal/logs/r8198-wifi.html
another link with not so good news:
http://hardware4linux.info/module/rtl8187/

Unlike my Dell, it seems that this card is on the usb bus....Can you paste the output of lsusb ? Sorry, but reading some links pointed me in a different direction.

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