Help! Need to get wifi back, but cant use ethernet.

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Help! Need to get wifi back, but cant use ethernet.

Postby delicious on Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:46 am

So for some reason I kept losing connection at home with my wifi. I noticed other computers in the house worked on windows it was just mine. It would come back after a few, but I google searched and they told me to uninstall that one and get this other one (I forget the name of it) that would solve these issues for it going down randomly.

So I did this, but then it wanted me to run apt-get update which wouldnt do it cuz i didnt have internet since i removed my old ones due to the steps I was following.

So now im out for awhile where I cannot connect to ethernet to just use terminal or anything to get wifi back for linux. Ive had to boot to WINDOWS :(

Can I download the standard one agian somehow on USB then reboot and install to get linux wifi working again? Help please!
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Re: Help! Need to get wifi back, but cant use ethernet.

Postby xenopeek on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:36 am

If you know which packages you removed and need to add again, go into Package Manager (synaptic) and mark for installation the packages you need. Then from its File menu select "Generate package download script". By default it will save the file in the root user's home directory, which is not what you want. So make sure you browse to /home/your-username/Desktop and save the file there.

If you have another Linux installation, you can transfer the package download script there and run it to fetch the files you need. If you only have Windows, open the file with a text editor and you will find the URLs of the files you need to download. Just copy & paste the URLs to your web browser to download them on Windows.

Then copy all the downloaded files back to Linux and again in Package Manager, now from its File menu select "Add downloaded packages" and browse to where you have them.
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Re: Help! Need to get wifi back, but cant use ethernet.

Postby delicious on Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:00 am

I tried to connect an ethernet cord to get internet and even that wasnt working. I dunno how i removed all wifi and ethernet drivers. Not sure hwo to get internet back on via linux without that?
Is there a link of the stock ones that i can install via package manager anyone?
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Re: Help! Need to get wifi back, but cant use ethernet.

Postby xenopeek on Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:11 am

You can check what packages you removed with:
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grep " remove " /var/log/dpkg.log

It sounds easier to reinstall Linux Mint at this stage though...
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Postby chdslv on Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:05 pm

You wrote in another post;

Only problem is right now for some reason my mint has no wifi/network connection. I did something and messed it up and nobody seems to have been able to help me get it working again. Been using windows Plugging ethernet does nothing and wifi doesnt do anything. I even went to the page with the packages you listed and saved mintwifi.deb and tried to reinstall that and did an apt-get update. it installed, but still doesnt show any kind of wifi/networking.


Try this;
sudo dhclient eth0

to try and get an IP address dynamically.
And then;
sudo service network-manager restart

You can ping and see, whether the internet connection works.
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Re: Help! Need to get wifi back, but cant use ethernet.

Postby xenopeek on Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:22 pm

chdslv I merged your post here, as this seems the more appropriate place. Perhaps PM delicious that you have shared a suggestion here.
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