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I am new to Ubuntu, and linux in general, and am having a blast so far. I am hoping you guys can help me install my wireless card though. It ...
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    New user needs help finding/install wireless card drivers


    I am new to Ubuntu, and linux in general, and am having a blast so far. I am hoping you guys can help me install my wireless card though. It is a Proxim Orinoco 802.11b PC Card GOLD. It worked up until I took XP off my laptop and put on Ubuntu 8.10. I had it inserted when I ran lspci but I don't see it listed. The lights on the card don't even light up. I hope that doesn't mean it won't work with Ubuntu. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    *****@stealth:~$ lspci -nn
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 82845 845 [Brookdale] Chipset Host Bridge [8086:1a30] (rev 04)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82845 845 [Brookdale] Chipset AGP Bridge [8086:1a31] (rev 04)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM USB Controller #1 [8086:2482] (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM USB Controller #3 [8086:2487] (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 42)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) [8086:248c] (rev 02)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801CAM IDE U100 Controller [8086:248a] (rev 02)
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:2485] (rev 02)
    00:1f.6 Modem [0703]: Intel Corporation 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Modem Controller [8086:2486] (rev 02)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 Go] [10de:0112] (rev b2)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado] [10b7:9200] (rev 7
    02:01.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI4451 PC card Cardbus Controller [104c:ac42]
    02:01.1 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI4451 PC card Cardbus Controller [104c:ac42]
    02:01.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Texas Instruments PCI4451 IEEE-1394 Controller [104c:8027]
    *****@stealth:~$ uname -r
    2.6.27-11-generic

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    Just to add a little more information. On the back of the card it says;

    Proxim Corporation 8420-WD, 842X
    Agere Systems 0111-PC

    Proxim IEEE 802.11b PC Card
    Model 8420-WD

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    One more thing... here is some messages from dmesg

    [45123.003920] pccard: card ejected from slot 1
    [45146.920145] pccard: PCMCIA card inserted into slot 1
    [45146.922097] pcmcia: registering new device pcmcia1.0
    [45404.892915] pccard: card ejected from slot 1
    [45651.060146] pccard: PCMCIA card inserted into slot 0
    [45651.061880] cs: memory probe 0xf4000000-0xfbffffff: excluding 0xf4000000-0xf97fffff
    [45651.067723] pcmcia: registering new device pcmcia0.0
    [45660.704835] pccard: card ejected from slot 0
    [45664.412134] pccard: PCMCIA card inserted into slot 1
    [45664.414065] pcmcia: registering new device pcmcia1.0

    and here is lsmod

    Module Size Used by
    ipv6 263972 8
    xt_limit 10372 8
    xt_tcpudp 11008 7
    ipt_LOG 13700 8
    ipt_MASQUERADE 10752 0
    xt_DSCP 11264 0
    ipt_REJECT 11136 1
    nf_conntrack_irc 13348 0
    nf_conntrack_ftp 15652 0
    xt_state 10112 6
    af_packet 25728 2
    binfmt_misc 16904 1
    sco 18308 2
    bridge 56980 0
    stp 10628 1 bridge
    bnep 20480 2
    rfcomm 44432 0
    l2cap 30464 6 bnep,rfcomm
    bluetooth 61924 6 sco,bnep,rfcomm,l2cap
    ppdev 15620 0
    speedstep_ich 11920 0
    speedstep_lib 12676 1 speedstep_ich
    cpufreq_userspace 11396 0
    cpufreq_ondemand 14988 1
    cpufreq_stats 13188 0
    cpufreq_powersave 9856 0
    cpufreq_conservative 14600 0
    freq_table 12672 3 speedstep_ich,cpufreq_ondemand,cpufreq_stats
    wmi 14504 0
    pci_slot 12680 0
    sbs 19464 0
    sbshc 13440 1 sbs
    container 11520 0
    sbp2 29324 0
    lp 17156 0
    joydev 18368 0
    pcmcia 43052 0
    dcdbas 15008 0
    snd_intel8x0 37532 3
    snd_ac97_codec 111652 1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus 9856 1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm_oss 46848 0
    snd_mixer_oss 22784 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 83204 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    evdev 17696 11
    snd_seq_dummy 10884 0
    psmouse 45200 0
    yenta_socket 31756 4
    rsrc_nonstatic 19072 1 yenta_socket
    serio_raw 13444 0
    pcmcia_core 43412 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    snd_seq_oss 38528 0
    video 25232 0
    output 11008 1 video
    snd_seq_midi 14336 0
    snd_rawmidi 29824 1 snd_seq_midi
    parport_pc 39204 1
    parport 42604 3 ppdev,lp,parport_pc
    snd_seq_midi_event 15232 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 57776 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    nvidia 4717332 22
    pcspkr 10624 0
    snd_timer 29960 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 15116 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq
    i2c_core 31892 1 nvidia
    snd 63268 16 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_ oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_ti mer,snd_seq_device
    button 14224 0
    battery 18436 0
    soundcore 15328 1 snd
    ac 12292 0
    snd_page_alloc 16136 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    iTCO_wdt 18596 0
    iTCO_vendor_support 11652 1 iTCO_wdt
    intel_rng 12672 0
    intel_agp 33724 1
    shpchp 38036 0
    agpgart 42184 2 nvidia,intel_agp
    pci_hotplug 34976 1 shpchp
    iptable_nat 13448 0
    nf_nat 25368 2 ipt_MASQUERADE,iptable_nat
    nf_conntrack_ipv4 21900 9 iptable_nat,nf_nat
    nf_conntrack 72032 7 ipt_MASQUERADE,nf_conntrack_irc,nf_conntrack_ftp,x t_state,iptable_nat,nf_nat,nf_conntrack_ipv4
    iptable_mangle 10880 0
    iptable_filter 10752 1
    ip_tables 19600 3 iptable_nat,iptable_mangle,iptable_filter
    x_tables 22916 9 xt_limit,xt_tcpudp,ipt_LOG,ipt_MASQUERADE,xt_DSCP, ipt_REJECT,xt_state,iptable_nat,ip_tables
    ext3 133256 1
    jbd 55828 1 ext3
    mbcache 16004 1 ext3
    sr_mod 22212 0
    cdrom 43168 1 sr_mod
    sd_mod 42392 3
    crc_t10dif 9984 1 sd_mod
    usbhid 35840 0
    hid 50560 1 usbhid
    sg 39732 0
    ata_piix 24580 2
    pata_acpi 12160 0
    ata_generic 12932 0
    ohci1394 37936 0
    libata 178208 3 ata_piix,pata_acpi,ata_generic
    3c59x 48936 0
    mii 13440 1 3c59x
    ieee1394 96324 2 sbp2,ohci1394
    uhci_hcd 30736 0
    scsi_mod 155212 5 sbp2,sr_mod,sd_mod,sg,libata
    dock 16656 1 libata
    usbcore 149360 3 usbhid,uhci_hcd
    thermal 23708 0
    processor 42156 2 thermal
    fan 12548 0
    fbcon 47648 0
    tileblit 10880 1 fbcon
    font 16512 1 fbcon
    bitblit 13824 1 fbcon
    softcursor 9984 1 bitblit
    fuse 60828 3

    I apologize for the lack of info on my first reply.

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    Doesn't look like it's seeing the card. As far as I can tell, it's an orinoco chipset...those should be supported out of the box. Here's some info that might point you in the right direction. The Wavelan IEEE/Orinoco and its friends

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    That's correct, the card is not being properly detected. I doubt that it will work until it shows up on the lspci list.

    Try inserting it before you boot up. And if that won't work, try removing and re-inserting it, and run lspci again. Make sure the card's contacts are clean, and the slot's contacts too. If you use contact cleaner, make sure that you first remove the power supply and battery. Also then press the power button for several seconds, to discharge any power stored by system capacitors.

    It also could be an on/off switch on the card itself. Check that it is actually on.
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