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First, a silly question. Have you run a system update? Try that. Code: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade Reboot. Any difference after that? Second... you have your USB adapter, ...
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    First, a silly question. Have you run a system update? Try that.
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    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    Reboot. Any difference after that?

    Second... you have your USB adapter, as well as a built in card, (wlan0 and wlan1). What was the reason for wanting to use the adapter? Can you connect with the built-in card if you remove the USB adapter?
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    I haven't updated in a while, but i did just now and restarted. There were no noticeable differences except the background of the screen where i choose which OS to run.

    For ur second question:
    My built in card was what i used to always use in Windows 7 before even thinking about Linux. But when i installed Linux to dual boot with windows 7, the built in card just stopped working. The message Linux gave me is that the hardware switch is disabled, and windows gave me no message at all. also, when i turn the hardware switch on, the light no longer turns on in either OS. So i looked at forums online for an answer by using a hard wired connection and they said the most likely reason was that my built in card wasn't compatible with Linux. I guess Linux broke it permanently in someway cause it stopped working all together as if it wasn't there at all. To see i even did a system restore on my laptop to its out of the box settings it still didn't work. so i re installed Linux and i currently dual boot it with windows 7, and i went online, found that this adapter worked out of the box and bought it. And it only works on windows 7, my Linux OS still requires an Ethernet connection.
    And to answer your last question (which i did already but ill say it just because), when i remove my USB adapter, i don't regain internet connection because my built in card just stopped working all together.

    If there's a way to fix the internal card problem that would be even better than the USB adapter, I had just lost hope in it from all the negative posts on the subject and thought the adapter was the only way to go.
    Thank you

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    I find it unlikely that the act of installing an OS would cause complete hardware failure. If it were truly broken, then it wouldn't show up in the output of ifconfig.
    Remove your adapter, reboot, type these commands, post back the results.
    Code:
    sudo lspci -vnn
    sudo dmesg | grep -i firmware
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    Ok I ran those commands, the first ones really long and idk exactly what you needed:

    Code:
    dylan@dylan-Lenovo-V560 ~ $ sudo lspci -vnn
    [sudo] password for dylan: 
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller [8086:0044] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:391e]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    	Capabilities: [e0] Vendor Specific Information: Len=0c <?>
    	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0046] (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3920]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 41
    	Memory at f2000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4M]
    	Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
    	I/O ports at 1800 [size=8]
    	Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
    	Capabilities: [90] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    	Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2
    	Capabilities: [a4] PCI Advanced Features
    	Kernel driver in use: i915
    	Kernel modules: i915
    
    00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller [8086:3b64] (rev 06)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38a5]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
    	Memory at f2804000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16]
    	Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
    	Capabilities: [8c] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    
    00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller [8086:3b3c] (rev 05) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38aa]
    	Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
    	Memory at f2806000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
    	Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
    	Capabilities: [58] Debug port: BAR=1 offset=00a0
    	Capabilities: [98] PCI Advanced Features
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio [8086:3b56] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38af]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 43
    	Memory at f2800000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    	Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
    	Capabilities: [60] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    	Capabilities: [70] Express Root Complex Integrated Endpoint, MSI 00
    	Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel
    	Capabilities: [130] Root Complex Link
    	Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:3b42] (rev 05) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    	Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
    	I/O behind bridge: 00002000-00002fff
    	Memory behind bridge: f2400000-f24fffff
    	Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000f2600000-00000000f27fffff
    	Capabilities: [40] Express Root Port (Slot+), MSI 00
    	Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    	Capabilities: [90] Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38b0]
    	Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:3b44] (rev 05) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    	Bus: primary=00, secondary=04, subordinate=04, sec-latency=0
    	I/O behind bridge: 00004000-00004fff
    	Memory behind bridge: f2500000-f25fffff
    	Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000f2900000-00000000f2afffff
    	Capabilities: [40] Express Root Port (Slot+), MSI 00
    	Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    	Capabilities: [90] Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38b1]
    	Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 4 [8086:3b48] (rev 05) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    	Bus: primary=00, secondary=05, subordinate=06, sec-latency=0
    	I/O behind bridge: 00003000-00003fff
    	Memory behind bridge: f1000000-f1ffffff
    	Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000f0000000-00000000f0ffffff
    	Capabilities: [40] Express Root Port (Slot+), MSI 00
    	Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    	Capabilities: [90] Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38b3]
    	Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller [8086:3b34] (rev 05) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38b8]
    	Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 23
    	Memory at f2807000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
    	Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
    	Capabilities: [58] Debug port: BAR=1 offset=00a0
    	Capabilities: [98] PCI Advanced Features
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev a5) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    	Bus: primary=00, secondary=0f, subordinate=0f, sec-latency=0
    	Capabilities: [50] Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:383f]
    
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller [8086:3b09] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38be]
    	Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0
    	Capabilities: [e0] Vendor Specific Information: Len=10 <?>
    	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt
    
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:3b29] (rev 05) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38c1]
    	Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 40
    	I/O ports at 1818 [size=8]
    	I/O ports at 180c [size=4]
    	I/O ports at 1810 [size=8]
    	I/O ports at 1808 [size=4]
    	I/O ports at 1820 [size=32]
    	Memory at f2808000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
    	Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    	Capabilities: [70] Power Management version 3
    	Capabilities: [a8] SATA HBA v1.0
    	Capabilities: [b0] PCI Advanced Features
    	Kernel driver in use: ahci
    	Kernel modules: ahci
    
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller [8086:3b30] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38bf]
    	Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 10
    	Memory at f2809000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
    	I/O ports at 1840 [size=32]
    	Kernel modules: i2c-i801
    
    00:1f.6 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem [8086:3b32] (rev 05)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:38c0]
    	Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 18
    	Memory at f280a000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    	Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
    	Capabilities: [80] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
    	Kernel driver in use: intel ips
    	Kernel modules: intel_ips
    
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1063] (rev c0)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3956]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 44
    	Memory at f2400000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256K]
    	I/O ports at 2000 [size=128]
    	Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
    	Capabilities: [48] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    	Capabilities: [58] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    	Capabilities: [6c] Vital Product Data
    	Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
    	Capabilities: [180] Device Serial Number ff-0a-85-d3-f0-de-f1-ff
    	Kernel driver in use: atl1c
    	Kernel modules: atl1c
    
    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 [8086:0089] (rev 5f)
    	Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 2x2 AGN [8086:1311]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 42
    	Memory at f2500000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
    	Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 3
    	Capabilities: [d0] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    	Capabilities: [e0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    	Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
    	Capabilities: [140] Device Serial Number 00-23-15-ff-ff-78-f2-44
    	Kernel driver in use: iwlagn
    	Kernel modules: iwlagn
    
    ff:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers [8086:2c62] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:392b]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    
    ff:00.1 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder [8086:2d01] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:392b]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    
    ff:02.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 [8086:2d10] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:392b]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    
    ff:02.1 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 [8086:2d11] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:392b]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    
    ff:02.2 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved [8086:2d12] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:392b]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    
    ff:02.3 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved [8086:2d13] (rev 02)
    	Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:392b]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
    and heres the second:

    Code:
    dylan@dylan-Lenovo-V560 ~ $ sudo dmesg | grep -i firmware
    [    0.511121] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI: BIOS _OSI(Linux) query ignored
    [   21.350894] iwlagn 0000:04:00.0: loaded firmware version 41.28.5.1 build 33926
    [   21.617729] elantech: assuming hardware version 2, firmware version 4.0.2
    [   24.802011] i2400m_usb 2-1.4:1.0: firmware interface version 9.3.2

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    Code:
    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250 [8086:0089] (rev 5f)
    That would be your built-in wireless card. According to the output of both of those commands, it is loading it's drivers (iwlagn).
    If you click on the Network Manager icon in the top right corner of your screen, do you see any networks available?

    Should look something like this:
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    Nope, i see no networks. i can get a hardwired connection, but this is exactly what i see when im not hooked up to an Ethernet cord:

    screenshot.jpg

    I see the wireless devices there, but they both say "hardware switch disabled", and as i said earlier, the built in card hardware switch completely stopped working after installing Linux initially for an unknown reason (to me anyway) in both Linux and Windows.

    Also, my network manager looks a lot different than yours does, a lot of the options dont look the same at all..
    Last edited by dylan1031; 06-18-2011 at 04:52 AM.

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    To quote Mike here... this is confusing as hell
    The only other thing I got is probably not gonna make a difference at this point, but still.
    Can you Edit your connections?
    See if you can set it to "Connect Automatically" and "Available to all users"?
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    I just looked at that, and im already set to connect automatically and "available to all users" is faded (probably cause im the only user). Do you think there are any alternatives to using this adapter or my built in card? maybe one you know of that works out of the box in linux mint 11? ive googled the subject and it seems a few people have had the same problem with there hardware switch not working after installing linux

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    I'd say if you were going to purchase a new WIFI device, look for anything with an Atheros chipset but the dang boxes don't tell you what chipsets are on the cards. For some reason, I don't think they want you to know this information.
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    ok, and would u say its easier to find one of those specifications in a store (like best buy or something) or online?

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