After trying advice from many forum posts from Linux users with problems with the N13, I have not resolved the issue. Thought I'd start a fresh support thread, to step through my issues step by step.
Firstly, some output of 2 terminal commands:
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System: Host: stuart-desktop Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic x86_64 (64 bit, gcc: 4.6.3) Desktop: Gnome (Gtk 2.24.10) Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: GA-MA785GMT-UD2H Bios: Award version: F9 date: 05/25/2010 CPU: Quad core AMD Phenom II X4 925 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm) bmips: 22500.6 Clock Speeds: 1: 2812.575 MHz 2: 2812.575 MHz 3: 2812.575 MHz 4: 2812.575 MHz Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS880 [Radeon HD 4200] bus-ID: 01:05.0 X.Org: 1.11.3 driver: fglrx Resolution: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: ATI Radeon HD 4200 GLX Version: 3.3.11627 - CPC Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2 Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS880 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4200 Series] driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:05.1 Card-3: Logitech Webcam C200 driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 046d:0802 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24 Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: de00 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (49.9% used) 1: /dev/sda WDC_WD10EARS 1000.2GB 2: /dev/sdb 10EAVS_External 1000.2GB Partition: ID: / size: 919G used: 599G (69%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 12.61GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 58.4C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 162 Uptime: 1:13 Memory: 988.0/11764.7MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.6.3 Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33
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sudo /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py ------------------------- * I. scanning WIFI PCI devices... ------------------------- * II. querying ndiswrapper... netrtwlanu : driver installed device (0B05:17AB) present (alternate driver: rtl8192cu) ------------------------- * III. querying iwconfig... lo no wireless extensions. wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Power Management:off eth0 no wireless extensions. ------------------------- * IV. querying ifconfig... eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 6c:f0:49:7a:be:53 UP 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:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B) Interrupt:41 Base address:0xa000 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:11226 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:11226 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 RX bytes:891160 (891.1 KB) TX bytes:891160 (891.1 KB) wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 50:46:5d:a5:45:8e UP 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:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B) ------------------------- * V. querying DHCP... ------------------------- * VI. querying nslookup google.com... ;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached
I used the terminal command lsusb to learn that the lspci for my N13 USB device is 0b05:17ab. Output was:
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Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0b05:17ab ASUSTek Computer, Inc.
My main problem: unsure if driver is installed properly
I am not certain what the correct driver source / installation technique for this chipset is. Can anyone help me with this knowledge?
Earlier in my trial/error, I followed this advice on the Ubuntu knowledge base. Did I make a mistake following this advice, since it is for a device with a different chipset? If so, please let me know how to undo this change.
Driver doesn't support my Kernel version?
I am lead to believe that this is the appropriate driver for the 0b05:17ab device. However, the version 3.4.4_4749 driver listed on that page only lists support for “Linux Kernel 2.6.18~2.6.38 and Kernel 3.0.8”. Could this be the problem? My Mint 13 installation uses Linux Kernel 3.2.0-23-generic.
Linux only detects wireless occasionally
At first, it seemed that Linux was not recognising the USB device as a wireless network adaptor at all. Then I followed this solution and rebooted my computer. Coincidentally or not, this time the blue light appeared on my USB device, and Linux Mint listed 'Wireless' as an option in my 'Network Settings' window. It even detected the household wi-fi network which I was hoping to connect to!
Unfortunately, despite me definitely entering the correct username and password (and mirroring the network settings from the Ubuntu 11.04 machine which I am writing this forum post via), I was not able to connect to this network.
Since then, I have shut down/restarted my Mint 13 machine about12 times, and the blue light has only appeared on my USB wireless adaptor on 3 of those boots.
Thanks in advance for your help.
n.b. to solution-givers: I can't get any network connectivity through the affected Mint 13 computer to access updates from the repositories (wireless is my only internet option in this house...). However, I can use USBs to copy and paste files/Terminal commands onto the PC.