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Installing Peppermint 5 OS (SOLVED)
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:59:35 am »
Dear Sir/Madam
I have used  Windows Vista on my HP 530 since I purchased it in 2008.
I have very little computer knowledge so please bear with me.
I have just installed Peppermint 5 and have encountered a problem when trying to get  the Network operating - especially Skybroadband.
As instructed, I have clicked on the symbol at the bottom right of the screen and it shows :

Ethernet Network
disconnected
VPN connections
when I click on

Configure VPN

it takes me to Network Connections

Where do I go from there?

Thank you.
Kevin Woodward
« Last Edit: November 06, 2014, 12:34:11 am by woodward »

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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 10:00:46 am »
Can you open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:
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sudo lshw -C networkand post what is returned in the terminal back here.

Remember, Linux commands ARE case sensitive, so that's a capital C ;)

Also remember, when entering your password in the terminal nothing will be echoed to screen (not even *******) but it is going in, so when prompted just type your password and hit enter.



Can you confirm you'll be able to connect to your router temporarily with an ethernet cable .. whilst we install any required wireless drivers ?
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2014, 02:09:35 am »
     Thank you.
Yes I can connect using an ethernet cable.

When I opened the terminal and put in your command it immediately came upwith
PCI (Sysfs)

and then this



  description: Network controller
       product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:10:00.0
       version: 01
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
       resources: irq:17 memory:f0000000-f0003fff
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: 82562ET/EZ/GT/GZ - PRO/100 VE (LOM) Ethernet Controller Mobile
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 8
       bus info: pci@0000:02:08.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 01
       serial: 00:1b:38:8d:a5:a8
       size: 100Mbit/s
       capacity: 100Mbit/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.24-k2-NAPI duplex=full ip=192.168.0.2 latency=64 link=yes maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 multicast=yes port=MII speed=100Mbit/s
       resources: irq:20 memory:f0101000-f0101fff ioport:2000(size=64)


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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 06:27:02 am »
Connect to your router with an ethernet cable (so you have an active connection), open a terminal and run:
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sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installerdid wireless spring to life ?
(may require a reboot)

If not .. can you post the output from:
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sudo lshw -C networkagain .. and the output from:
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rfkill list
« Last Edit: September 26, 2014, 06:32:59 am by PCNetSpec »
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 01:40:05 am »
That worked and I now have internet connection using wifi
Thank you very much for your patience and assistance.

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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS (SOLVED)
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2014, 03:20:00 am »
No problem, glad I could help .. and thanks for marking the topic solved :)
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Installing Peppermint 5 OS (SOLVED)
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2014, 05:05:22 am »
Dear Sir/Madam,
I refer to all the correspondence below and everything has been fine until a few days ago when we had multiple power cuts which affected the wi-fi router.
I am now unable to use the wi-fi and when I click on the "network" icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen
I am again getting

Ethernet Network
Disconnected
Wi-fi Networks
Wi-Fi is disabled by hardware switch
VPN Connections

I have tried using the instructions given to me in the correspondence below but that has not worked.

                                 Wi-Fi is disabled by hardware switch

seems to be the difference between my previous and current problems.

Are you able to assist me again, please.

Regards,
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2014, 11:14:16 am »
Try opening a terminal and running:
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sudo rfkill unblock all
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2014, 12:33:28 am »
Thank you for your reply.

I tried         

 sudo rfkill unblock all

then rebooted the computer but I am still unable to use wi-fi.

Sorry to be a nuisance

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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2014, 05:09:30 pm »
OK, is there actually a physical hardware switch .. or maybe a key combo (like Fn+F6 or simlar) to enable/disable wireless ?

What's the output from:
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rfkill list


Try this

1) power OFF the PC
2) remove the power lead
3) remove the battery
4) press the power button (to discharge any remaining power in the motherboard capacitors)
5) replace the batttery
6) replace the power lead
7) power ON the PC

any change ?
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS (Solved)
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2014, 12:33:29 am »
Hi,
I am a fool  - the switch for wireless was off !!
Thanks for your help.
Regards
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS (SOLVED)
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2014, 03:19:33 am »
Hi Kevin, it happens to the best of us.  Instead of feeling bad, have a few giggles instead: Power Outage Stories  ;D!!
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Re: Installing Peppermint 5 OS (SOLVED)
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2014, 03:12:40 pm »
Yep, we all have our facepalm moments .. I know I do :)
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