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I find it odd that your wireless card has no MAC address. Originally Posted by rokytnji This site Debian HCL; Debian GNU/Linux device driver check & report is a device ...
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    I find it odd that your wireless card has no MAC address.


    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    This site Debian HCL; Debian GNU/Linux device driver check & report
    is a device driver check site.
    I always seem to forget about that site.
    @JLloyd137, get your information put into the site that roky provided. Double check to make sure that it's the correct driver.
    Currently you have rt2860sta.
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    Yes, the Debian Wiki a good place to start. Also, if both Network Manager and WICD are installed, make sure both have the same settings or remove one. Myself, I prefer WICD.

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    Ok, tryed and failed to work it out. All my settings have been double checked and everything, but it is still not working. Status says 'device not mananged'

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    Does your wireless device still show up with no MAC address?
    What is the output of:
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    iwlist wlan0 scan
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    No MAC address could be a symptom of the wireless being turned off.

    Assuming network manager, Right click it's icon in the notification area and make sure that both enable networking and enable wireless are checked. Additionally, you can click on edit connections and make sure that the settings under the wireless tab are sensible for your network.
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    On my laptop, my wireless card is controlled by a soft-key. Make sure your wireless is physically turned on be either the a toggle switch, or the appropriate button/soft key.

    Short of that, Debian tries to be a completely 'free' distro. The drivers your specific card might not be included in the default repositories. You may have to enable non-free repos to get the correct drivers. I wouldn't be able to help you with this though, as I don't know too much about installing drivers from non-free.

    An alternative is to try a more beginner friendly distro, such as Mint. Mint will included a lot of non-free drivers that Debian won't.

    Non-free refers to some form of copy right or usage, that limits the terms on how the software may be used, modified, and/or distrubuted. Non-free doesn't mean it costs money; the non-free repos are free to use.

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    Sorry for taking so long, im back. Its not a laptop, all is enabled, all settings are correct.

    wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down

    This dosnt make sense since it works fine in mint so its not hard ware. My machien is dualbooted: mint 12 and debian. Bin running mint for awhile but like this more. Just xant get internet working.

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    Mint doesn't follow the 'only free software' philosophy as Debian does. Mint includes non-free software in their default repos, including some drivers. I too enjoy Debian, but I've yet to attempt to install it on my laptop due to this reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randicus View Post
    Yes, the Debian Wiki a good place to start. Also, if both Network Manager and WICD are installed, make sure both have the same settings or remove one. Myself, I prefer WICD.
    I like running WICD too but just with the ncurses interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzle View Post
    Non-free refers to some form of copy right or usage, that limits the terms on how the software may be used, modified, and/or distrubuted. Non-free doesn't mean it costs money; the non-free repos are free to use.
    See here for the Debian Manuals definitions of their repos - Section 2.2

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