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    Internet Problems with Eeebuntu


    Hi everyone!
    I recently got an Eeepc for taking notes in class, decided I didn't really want to go with windows again, so looked around a bit for Linux options and decided on Eeebuntu standard. Installation went pretty decent, I still have Xp on it just in case, but I've realised I really don't know how to use linux. So helping me might be a bit painful for you guys, but here goes:

    For starters, wireless doesn't work. I checked my Xp, it works fine, so I guess it's got to be some setting on Linux? I tried to install madwifi, but I'm not sure if that's even the right thing to get.
    It didn't work, anyway.

    Just today I tried to plug it into the internet, and even that doesn't work to get me online.

    Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions/need more info/anything?
    I would greatly appreciate any sort of help.
    Thanks.

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    Welcome to the forums!

    I don't do any wireless at all, but follow the steps in this wireless howto to get you started and someone should be able to help from there:

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/wir...tart-here.html
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    Awesome! Thanks a lot!

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    Ok-Here's what I got with the WirelessSetup file:

    ============ lspci ============
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub [8086:27ac] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    Kernel modules: intel-agp
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27ae] (rev 03)
    Kernel modules: intelfb
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27a6] (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller [8086:27d8] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:27d0] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:27d2] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 [8086:27d6] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:27c8] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:27c9] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:27ca] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:27cb] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:27cc] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b9] (rev 02)
    Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt, intel-rng
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller [8086:27c5] (rev 02)
    Kernel driver in use: ahci
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Attansic Technology Corp. Device [1969:1062] (rev c0)
    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002b] (rev 01)

    ============ lsusb ============
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 045e:0737 Microsoft Corp.
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0781:5410 SanDisk Corp.
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 13d3:5071 IMC Networks
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    ============ lsmod ============
    Module Size Used by
    usbhid 42336 0
    nls_iso8859_1 12032 1
    nls_cp437 13696 1
    vfat 18816 1
    fat 58272 1 vfat
    usb_storage 82880 1
    i915 65540 2
    drm 96296 3 i915
    binfmt_misc 16776 1
    ppdev 15620 0
    bridge 56340 0
    stp 10500 1 bridge
    bnep 20224 2
    input_polldev 11912 0
    joydev 18368 0
    lp 17156 0
    parport 42220 2 ppdev,lp
    i2c_i801 17296 0
    snd_hda_intel 435636 3
    snd_pcm_oss 46336 0
    snd_mixer_oss 22656 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 82948 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy 10756 0
    snd_seq_oss 37760 0
    snd_seq_midi 14336 0
    uvcvideo 63240 0
    snd_rawmidi 29696 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 15104 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    compat_ioctl32 9344 1 uvcvideo
    snd_seq 56880 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    iTCO_wdt 19108 0
    videodev 41600 1 uvcvideo
    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
    psmouse 61972 0
    serio_raw 13316 0
    pcspkr 10496 0
    iTCO_vendor_support 11652 1 iTCO_wdt
    v4l1_compat 21764 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    video 25360 0
    intel_agp 34108 1
    output 11008 1 video
    eeepc_laptop 18452 0
    snd 62628 15 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,sn d_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_de vice
    agpgart 42696 3 drm,intel_agp
    soundcore 15200 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 16904 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    fbcon 46112 0
    tileblit 10752 1 fbcon
    font 16384 1 fbcon
    bitblit 13824 1 fbcon
    softcursor 9984 1 bitblit

    ============ dmesg-firmware ============

    ============ kernel version ============
    2.6.28-11-generic

    ============ ifconfig ============
    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:348 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:348 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:27944 (27.9 KB) TX bytes:27944 (27.9 KB)


    ============ iwconfig ============

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    Wow, that's a lot. Any ideas?

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    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002b] (rev 01)
    This is your card. It requires the ath9k driver, which is not loading. I don't know much about eeebuntu, but I would have thought it included this driver.

    Since eeebuntu is based on Ubuntu, you should be able to download the linux-restricted-modules package.

    Enable the backports in your sources, if it is not yet enabled.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories/Ubuntu

    Then
    Code:
    sudo update && sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty
    If that does not work, the other option is to download and build compat-wireless yourself.
    http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Download

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    Thank you!
    Only one problem-my wired internet does not work either..and while I don't really know what you mean by enabling the back ports...that probably involves connecting to the internet to download that package?
    And I can't do that. I can do stuff on my other computer (Windows Vista).. stick it on a flash drive, and bring it over to my linux..? Would that work?

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    Only one problem-my wired internet does not work either..and while I don't really know what you mean by enabling the back ports...that probably involves connecting to the internet to download that package?
    No, in Synpatic Package Manager or under Software Sources, I think it's called, you can add or remove repositories. There is an option to select backports.

    If you go to the Ubuntu page I lined to, under Section 5 - Updates Tab, there's a picture of it.

    But, without any internet connection, that won't help you.

    I'm thinking about it more though...I think eeebuntu uses a custom kernel. Kernel modules have to be compiled against the kernel in use, so that package might not work. Which might just leave building compat-wireless yourself. Except you need the build tools to do so, and that would be a pain to try and download all the individual packages to a flash drive and transfer them over.

    Your wired oonnection doesn't work either? You mean you've tried plugging in an ethernet cable and it doesn't work? Or you don't have access to a wired connection?

    If you've tried and it doesn't work, that is speaking to some larger issue. Very few ethernet cards do not work out of the box, and eeebuntu certainly should support your wireless card.

    Also, in looking around, it seems the ath9k driver should be included, so it's odd it isn't loading. Can you post the output of

    Code:
    modprobe -l | grep ath
    That's a small L, not a 1.

    You might want to try a regular Ubuntu install with the latest release, 9.10, or if you like the netbook remix, there is an Ubuntu NBR release as well.

    Or try Easy Peasy instead.

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    Yeah, my wired connection doesn't work at all on Eeebuntu.
    Now...I've got it dual-booted with Windows Xp, and on the Windows Xp boot both the Wireless and Wired internet works absolutely fine.
    Code:
    ben@ben-laptop:~$ modprobe -l | grep ath
    kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath5k/ath5k.ko
    kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ath9k/ath9k.ko
    kernel/drivers/md/multipath.ko
    volatile/ath_hal.ko
    volatile/ath_pci.ko
    volatile/ath_rate_amrr.ko
    volatile/ath_rate_minstrel.ko
    volatile/ath_rate_onoe.ko
    volatile/ath_rate_sample.ko

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    Something is very odd, that neither your ethernet or wireless modules are loading. Anyway, ath9k is there.

    Try
    Code:
    sudo modprobe ath9k
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up

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