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- Jul 2004
Wireless Setup - Start Here
Although it may at first seem like a daunting task, setting up a wireless device can sometimes be fairly easy. But first, there is some information that is needed. If you are a Windows user, and new to Linux, don't worry. Windows doesn't automatically support all wireless cards, so don't expect Linux to do it. It may take a little work to get it working.
You may have read other How-To's that tell you to install NDISwrapper. For now, don't worry about trying to install NDISwrapper. You first need to identify the chipset that your wireless has, plus some other information. When you have all of the info, post it in a new thread.
Now, there actually are some cards that almost work without any configuration, but most require some configuring.
Now you will need to collect the information to diagnose how to make your wireless work. First what type is it? USB or PCI card or built-in? The brand-name of the wireless is less important, but give us that too.
Enter these commands in a terminal and post the output in your thread. If you need to use Windows to connect to the internet, then save the output in a text editor application. Common Linux text editors are Gedit and Kwrite. When you save the file, add a .txt extension to the name, so that Windows will recognize it as a text file and open it. This can be done within the same command, here's an example:
lspci -knn > lspci.txt
EDIT: I have now made a script that will automatically run these commands, and put the output into a text file. You can skip to the next post for more information on this.
Remember that Ubuntu requires the "sudo" command to precede some commands. Distro's like Fedora need the path included with the command.
If it is a built-in or PCI wireless, use this command to determine the card info:
dmesg | grep firmware
To obtain the kernel version, use this command.Code:
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Please start a new thread to post the output of the above commands. Do not use an existing thread, unless you have already started a thread for this problem.
By providing the needed information up front, it can make this process much easier and quicker.
And finally, if you do get your wireless to work, please post about it in your thread. What it finally took to get it working could be beneficial to others using the same wireless chip. Just posting "I got it to work, thanks" tells us very little. Please help to give a little back to the Linux community that helped you.
Last edited by jayd512; 05-18-2012 at 12:37 AM. Reason: Added bit about ifconfigPlease do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.
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I have written a little Bash script that will obtain the needed information when run. You copy the code below, and save it in a text editor as a file named WirelessSetup. Or you can download the file from here:
Rename it WirelessSetup (remove the .txt extension).
#! /bin/bash # This script will find the needed information for # wireless troubleshooting. # Name this file WirelessSetup cd ~/ touch wireless_setup.txt echo ============ lspci ============ >> ~/wireless_setup.txt lspci -knn >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ` ` >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ============ lsusb ============ >> ~/wireless_setup.txt lsusb >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ` ` >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ============ lsmod ============ >> ~/wireless_setup.txt lsmod >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ` ` >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ============ dmesg-firmware ============ >> ~/wireless_setup.txt dmesg | grep firmware >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ` ` >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ============ kernel version ============ >> ~/wireless_setup.txt uname -r >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ` ` >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ============ ifconfig ============ >> ~/wireless_setup.txt ifconfig >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ` ` >> ~/wireless_setup.txt echo ============ iwconfig ============ >> ~/wireless_setup.txt iwconfig >> ~/wireless_setup.txt
chmod +x ~/WirelessSetup
Last edited by waterhead; 10-05-2009 at 01:59 AM. Reason: Added ifconfig/iwconfig to script.Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.