Here are the results of an lspci, running on the live disc.
mint@mint ~ $ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM76 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10)
02:00.0 Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 8723
Issue #1: no ethernet connection and no wifi connection.
No networks are recognized in either the wifi or hard wired to the Ethernet.
From what I have found upon searching around, the Atheros AR8161 is a fairly new setup, and that is most likely why it is not being recognized. I have found it difficult to find solutions directly related to Linux Mint, but I did find these:
a.) http://askubuntu.com/questions/165192/h ... controller
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-`uname -r`
wget -O- http://linuxwireless.org/download/compa ... pc.tar.bz2 | tar -xj
sudo make install
sudo modprobe alx
This is probably older, because I have seen new versions of this. I tried it and it fails on the
b.) http://askubuntu.com/questions/209716/h ... connection
Try download file from the following link on another PC and copy it to your machine via USB Key. http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/ ... _amd64.deb
Then install this package.Reboot your computer.At that moment, probably, you can connect to internet.If you can't, try the following command and restart:
sudo modprobe alx
Note: I assumed that your Ubuntu 12.04 is using default 3.2.0-33 kernel version.If it false, you must download different package.For learning your kernel version,try uname -a command on Terminal.
c.) http://askubuntu.com/questions/237004/a ... asus-n56vm
So the only way I managed to get this working was by compiling the alx driver.
I. Go and get the tarball from The Linux Foundation: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collabor ... orking/alx and save it somewhere (let's say you saved it in Desktop/alx) II. Install some pakages needed for compiling:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-uname -r
III. Unpack the tarball and compile it(This is provided that the file you downloaded is called 'compat-wireless-3.6.8-1-snpc.tar.bz2'):
tar -xjf compat-wireless-3.6.8-1-snpc.tar.bz2
IV. Hooray you should have Ethernet now! Try: sudo ifconfig -a - you should see an eth0 inteface
It seems like the main suggestion here is to use alx. I did find one last night where someone said to go to the Ubuntu new release package download and update the kernel to 3.5. I have no idea if that would work for Linux Mint, but I want to make sure. I am trying the right steps before I move forward.
Has anyone dealt with this, on a Mint setup?
My other issue is Mint does not recognize my USB driven wireless Logitech mouse. I know this is not the right forum section for that, so I can move it elsewhere. Mint does recognize other usb devices, and on my older computer the same version of mint recognizes the mouse. That would make me wonder if it is some USB internal issue. The dongle is plugged into a USB 2.0 port, just in case. However, Linux Mint does recognize flash drives on the 3.0 port.
Thanks for any suggestions.