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Linux Netbook is wireless-less. [Jul. 20th, 2010|10:34 pm]
Douglas Spencer
My laptop is large, and heavy, and expensive.

I'm about to go away on holiday.

So this week I bought a small, light, inexpensive machine -- a Samsung N150.

I decided (like you do) that it should dual-boot the shipped OS (Windows 7) and Linux.

Once I'd got past the stupidity of Samsung shipping the unit with four primary partitions on the hard disk (re-do the last partition as a logical drive in an extended partition) and the entirely reasonable fact that it didn't have a CD (using the Universal USB installer from pendrivelinux.com), I've got Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit Linux installed and working just fine.

Except that there's no wireless networking under Linux.

With the generic 2.6.32-23.37 kernel's standard module "r8192_pci" it recognises the device, but I can't connect to the access point.

With ndiswrapper and the 32- or 64-bit XP drivers, it doesn't even recognise the device.

So it looks like it's either wired networking on Linux, or back to Windows 7 for me -- unless I can google up a fix that actually works, or they fix the native driver in a subsequent kernel.

Harumph.
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[User Picture]From: elfs
2010-07-21 03:35 am (UTC)
802.11 USB stick? I know you can get one of the fancy ones that lies flush with your laptop for less than 30 USD.
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[User Picture]From: gaspode
2010-07-21 05:25 am (UTC)
This is always the issue with new hardware and linux. WiFi has been the linux bug bear for several years now. generally the answer has been go out and buy a separate card that has had the drivers done for it already. Impractical but probably best.
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[User Picture]From: asphodeline
2010-07-22 08:51 pm (UTC)
Sorry, just seen this. Message for you:

If the wireless card is a Broadcom unit NDIS Wrapper won't work. Proprietary drivers are available from the Ubuntu site but you will need a wired link to access them of course.

If you need some help, tell me and I'll give you our phone number. We have Netbooks and wireless networking - I'm using it right now!!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-07-22 09:18 pm (UTC)
It's a relatively recent Realtek, not Broadcom.

I now discover [link] that I can get updated drivers from Realtek by email -- I might try that on Monday.
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[User Picture]From: asphodeline
2010-07-22 09:30 pm (UTC)
Ok, is worth a try. Get in touch if still having trouble. John spent ages trying to get our netbooks to work for us but he learned a lot in the process!!

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