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    Wifi on Linux Mint


    I'm using Linux Mint and am trying to install a TP-LINK TL-WN851ND PCI wifi card. The card is definitely seen by the computer as it's listed when I do a lspci and the ath5k and ath8k drivers appear to be installed but it's not giving me an options to enable the card (neither does the status light flash).

    Any ideas anyone?

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    What DE are you using?
    Do you get any positive results from the Software Center* while looking for extra drivers?? (*whatever it's called in Mint)

    If those yield little info, post all info requested from this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayd512 View Post
    What DE are you using?
    Do you get any positive results from the Software Center* while looking for extra drivers?? (*whatever it's called in Mint)

    If those yield little info, post all info requested from [/URL].
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8378 [KM400/A] Chipset Host Bridge [1106:3205]
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-via
    Kernel modules: via-agp
    00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237/VX700 PCI Bridge [1106:b198]
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:09.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. Device [168c:002d] (rev 01)
    00:0a.0 Communication controller [0780]: Conexant Systems, Inc. HSF 56k HSFi Modem [14f1:2f00] (rev 01)
    00:10.0 USB Controller [0c03]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [1106:3038] (rev 80)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:10.1 USB Controller [0c03]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [1106:3038] (rev 80)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:10.2 USB Controller [0c03]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [1106:3038] (rev 80)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:10.3 USB Controller [0c03]: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 [1106:3104] (rev 82)
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:11.0 ISA bridge [0601]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8235 ISA Bridge [1106:3177]
    Kernel modules: i2c-viapro, via-ircc
    00:11.1 IDE interface [0101]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE [1106:0571] (rev 06)
    Kernel driver in use: pata_via
    00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller [1106:3059] (rev 50)
    Kernel driver in use: VIA 82xx Audio
    Kernel modules: snd-via82xx
    00:13.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    Kernel modules: 8139too, 8139cp
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: VIA Technologies, Inc. KM400/KN400/P4M800 [S3 UniChrome] [1106:7205] (rev 01)

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    I see information from lspci, but what about the rest of the information requested? We can't do much to help you without that.
    Also, what about your DE? Was there anything good to be had from looking for extra drivers in the Software Center?
    BTW, you mentioned a status light... is there a HW on/off button?
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    Code:
    Module                  Size  Used by
    isofs                  39844  0 
    udf                    87716  1 
    crc_itu_t              10112  1 udf
    binfmt_misc            16776  1 
    via                    49152  2 
    drm                    96296  3 via
    bridge                 56340  0 
    stp                    10500  1 bridge
    bnep                   20224  2 
    video                  25360  0 
    output                 11008  1 video
    input_polldev          11912  0 
    ipt_REJECT             11136  1 
    ipt_LOG                13700  1 
    xt_limit               10116  2 
    xt_tcpudp              11008  7 
    xt_state               10112  5 
    ipt_addrtype           10496  4 
    ip6table_filter        10624  1 
    ip6_tables             20880  1 ip6table_filter
    nf_nat_irc             10240  0 
    nf_conntrack_irc       13220  1 nf_nat_irc
    nf_nat_ftp             10752  0 
    nf_nat                 25876  2 nf_nat_irc,nf_nat_ftp
    nf_conntrack_ipv4      21388  7 nf_nat
    nf_defrag_ipv4          9984  1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
    nf_conntrack_ftp       15652  1 nf_nat_ftp
    nf_conntrack           72008  7 xt_state,nf_nat_irc,nf_conntrack_irc,nf_nat_ftp,nf_nat,nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ftp
    iptable_filter         10752  1 
    ip_tables              19472  1 iptable_filter
    x_tables               23044  8 ipt_REJECT,ipt_LOG,xt_limit,xt_tcpudp,xt_state,ipt_addrtype,ip6_tables,ip_tables
    lp                     17156  0 
    snd_via82xx            32152  3 
    gameport               19340  1 snd_via82xx
    snd_ac97_codec        112292  1 snd_via82xx
    ac97_bus                9856  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm_oss            46336  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          22656  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                82948  3 snd_via82xx,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_page_alloc         16904  2 snd_via82xx,snd_pcm
    snd_mpu401_uart        15104  1 snd_via82xx
    snd_seq_dummy          10756  0 
    snd_seq_oss            37760  0 
    snd_seq_midi           14336  0 
    snd_rawmidi            29696  2 snd_mpu401_uart,snd_seq_midi
    i2c_viapro             15892  0 
    snd_seq_midi_event     15104  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq                56880  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              29704  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14988  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    via_ircc               32660  0 
    via_agp                16256  1 
    snd                    62628  17 snd_via82xx,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_mpu401_uart,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    ppdev                  15620  0 
    agpgart                42696  2 drm,via_agp
    irda                  197180  1 via_ircc
    soundcore              15200  1 snd
    pcspkr                 10496  0 
    usblp                  20224  0 
    psmouse                61972  0 
    shpchp                 40212  0 
    crc_ccitt              10112  1 irda
    serio_raw              13316  0 
    joydev                 18368  0 
    parport_pc             40100  1 
    parport                42220  3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
    ndiswrapper           193436  0 
    usb_storage            82880  0 
    hid_logitech           16256  0 
    ff_memless             13320  1 hid_logitech
    usbhid                 42336  1 hid_logitech
    8139too                32128  0 
    8139cp                 27776  0 
    mii                    13312  2 8139too,8139cp
    floppy                 64324  0 
    fbcon                  46112  0 
    tileblit               10752  1 fbcon
    font                   16384  1 fbcon
    bitblit                13824  1 fbcon
    softcursor              9984  1 bitblit

    Code:
    2.6.28-11-generic
    Code:
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0d:61:32:04:e3  
              inet addr:192.168.0.2  Bcast:192.168.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::20d:61ff:fe32:4e3/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:3049 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:3092 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:2971076 (2.9 MB)  TX bytes:537588 (537.5 KB)
              Interrupt:18 Base address:0xe800 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:720 (720.0 B)  TX bytes:720 (720.0 B)
    
    pan0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 52:b2:26:06:23:8f  
              BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    What's a 'DE'?. No HW on/off button.
    Last edited by jayd512; 07-09-2012 at 06:11 AM. Reason: added code tags

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    By DE I was asking about your Desktop Environment... Gnome, KDE, Xfce. No worries though.
    This is your wireless card. And it doesn't seem to be using a driver. But it should be using ath9k.
    Code:
    00:09.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. Device [168c:002d] (rev 01)
    Try this:
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    sudo apt-get install wireless-tools wpasupplicant
    sudo ifconfig -a
    If no new adapters appear, reboot and do ifconfig -a again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayd512 View Post
    By DE I was asking about your Desktop Environment... Gnome, KDE, Xfce. No worries though.
    This is your wireless card. And it doesn't seem to be using a driver. But it should be using ath9k.
    Code:
    00:09.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. Device [168c:002d] (rev 01)
    Try this:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install wireless-tools wpasupplicant
    sudo ifconfig -a
    If no new adapters appear, reboot and do ifconfig -a again.
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    wireless-tools is already the newest version.
    wpasupplicant is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 19 not upgraded.

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0d:61:32:04:e3
    inet addr:192.168.0.2 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::20d:61ff:fe32:4e3/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:4149 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:4168 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:4598770 (4.5 MB) TX bytes:615193 (615.1 KB)
    Interrupt:18 Base address:0xe800

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:20 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:20 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:1312 (1.3 KB) TX bytes:1312 (1.3 KB)

    pan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr f6:d8:37:86:24:33
    BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

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    post output of

    Code:
    inxi -n
    I'm not sure though if your version of Mint has that comand but try it anyways. pan0 seems to be your wireless interface instead of wlanx or rax.

    Mine for reference with a atheros chip

    Code:
    harry@biker:~
    $ inxi -n
    Network:   Card-1: Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath5k 
               IF: wlan2 state: up mac: 00:0b:a2:1c:eb:8f
               Card-2: Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver: 8139too 
               IF: eth1 state: down mac: 00:e0:4d:77:2c:76
    Edit: plus the kernel you are running in Linux mint is pretty dated/old also. Mine for example

    Code:
    harry@biker:~
    $ uname -a
    Linux biker 3.4.2-antix.2-486-smp #1 SMP Mon Jun 11 13:42:17 EEST 2012 i686 GNU/Linux
    You might want to check on

    Code:
    sudo iwlist pan0 auth
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    pan0 is supposed to be a Bluetooth interface, but I don't use anything with Bluetooth.
    But roky is spot on when he says your kernel is dated.
    2.6.28 was used in Mint version 7. Released in 2009, that makes it almost an antique.
    You might want to try a newer version of Mint.
    12 or 13 might have what you need installed out-of-the-box.

    http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    post output of

    Code:
    inxi -n
    I'm not sure though if your version of Mint has that comand but try it anyways. pan0 seems to be your wireless interface instead of wlanx or rax.

    Mine for reference with a atheros chip

    Code:
    harry@biker:~
    $ inxi -n
    Network:   Card-1: Atheros AR5212/AR5213 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath5k 
               IF: wlan2 state: up mac: 00:0b:a2:1c:eb:8f
               Card-2: Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver: 8139too 
               IF: eth1 state: down mac: 00:e0:4d:77:2c:76
    Edit: plus the kernel you are running in Linux mint is pretty dated/old also. Mine for example

    Code:
    harry@biker:~
    $ uname -a
    Linux biker 3.4.2-antix.2-486-smp #1 SMP Mon Jun 11 13:42:17 EEST 2012 i686 GNU/Linux
    You might want to check on

    Code:
    sudo iwlist pan0 auth
    inxi -n doesn't work but sudo iwlist pan0 auth gives 'pan0 no authentication information.'

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