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Drivers for Wireless Cards

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Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #1
Hi everyone,

Recently the hard drive on my laptop malfunctioned and I lost everything. Upon replacing a new one, I felt the completely black hardrive was a perfect opprotunity to install Linux... I mapped out what I need the computer for and what programs I need.

The installation went fine, but I can't connect to the wireless LAN I have, and the wireless card light (which is blue when it is working) is red, so it is disabled.

Figuring it was a driver problem, I went to the HP site, but HP does not support Linux and have no drivers available. The Xubuntu site is more like a maze than a helpful resource.

So, feeling sunk, I come to the Blitz community as I did last time when I felt sunk (and had great success) to ask if anyone knows where I can find a wireless card driver. I have an HP Pavillion dv6000 and the newest edition of Xubuntu (I think)

Thanks for everyones help,

Munch(Posted 1+ years ago) #2
Try this:

Also see:

Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #3
Using the lspci command in the terminal shows that the ethernet and network controller are both unknown devices.

I don't have a disk of drivers with my computer, and all the links on the Ubuntu site are broken, so I'm not really sure where to go from here.

Perhaps I should look into getting a copy of Windows XP...

D4NM4N(Posted 1+ years ago) #4
This seems to be what you need, it seems to cover the range:

Depending on the make, wireless cards can be a pain in the arse. I which they would adopt a standard like the normal 10/100 cards have. Until they do its a game of hit and miss. TBH i have not had any problems myself on my 6 various laptops (2 are HP) but it does seem to be one of the most prominent moans about using linux. Dont give up!!

Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #5
On step one when you're supposed to download the drivers I get a 404 error.

I would look for the drivers myself but I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for.

Thanks for the link though, as soon as I get these drivers I'll try making it through all the steps.

Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #6
Ok well I found another solution, and that was just to not use wireless.

I discovered my dorm comes with data jacks in the wall, so I just plugged it in and worked instantly, no trouble at all.

So, if I end up needing wireless for some reason (don't think I will) I'll try to do this but until then I'll just make it on a wired connection.

Thanks to everyone,

Munch(Posted 1+ years ago) #7
Ok, try this one:

Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #8
Ok so this is unrelated to my wireless card question, but rather than start the million threads I'll probably need while I am learning linux, I'll just ask here...

I have trouble installing everything. Recently I installed a java plugin for firefox, but I can't seem to configure it correctly. I'm working off this site :

They want me to create a symbolic link, but it always gives me a broken link. I'm not really sure what to do at this point.

Munch(Posted 1+ years ago) #9
Sadly, that page you linked to is way, way out of date and won't work.

Refer to:

Edit: just to clarify, I have the latest Ubuntu hardy and with no Java stuff installed all I needed to do to get Java working in Firefox 3 was to install the sun-java6-plugin from the package manager.

Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #10
Hey, thanks markcw, the third link worked beautifully.

Now I'm wondering why the Java website directed me to the page I was using, kind of disturbing.

Munch(Posted 1+ years ago) #11
It's entirely up to the Linux distro to tell you how to install Java today, I suppose they only maintain Java-specific docs now.

Out of curiosity, did you try out that last wireless link I posted?

Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #12
No I'm sticking to wired connection at the moment.

Why do you ask? I can try it if you want me to, since today I got both Java and my digital camera working (a great triumph for me).

EDIT- Ok I just tried the last link you supplied for the wireless, and installation seemingly went well, but on rebooting my computer the light is still red.


Munch(Posted 1+ years ago) #13
Just curious if you tried it and it didn't work, it looks like a much better howto than the previous one I posted. I remember reading somewhere that it may work after a second reboot.

degac(Posted 1+ years ago) #14
Just found this link yesterday. (It seems to work with Atheros chipset, and I dont' know what are you using...)
I've not time to test IF and HOW it works, maybe it's the final solution (and it should be included in Ubuntu 8.10...)

Damien Sturdy(Posted 1+ years ago) #15
What's wrong with NdisWrapper+XP drivers? if you have to?

Sauer(Posted 1+ years ago) #16
Hi everyone, I just wanted to report that Ubuntu 8.10 (Ipex) supports the cards and works right out of the box.

Now if I can just figure out how to get connected to my LAN I'll be set.