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08-26-2010

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Ideapad S10e wireless problems on Linux

2010-08-26, 14:26 PM

Hi all,

 

I have an Ideapad S10e running SUSE and Ubuntu Linux.  With SUSE, the machine recognises wireless networks, but can only maintain a live connection for a few minutes; then I have to re-find and re-connect.  With Ubuntu, it doesn't recognise any wireless networks at all.  The wired ethernet connection works fine. 

 

Any ideas on how to fix the wireless situation (a new Broadcom driver?) would be greatly appreciated.  I'm moderately tech-literate so this experiment with an open-source OS may have been a bad idea...

 

Thank you!

 

Brian

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05-24-2010

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Re: Ideapad S10e wireless problems on Linux

2010-08-27, 2:25 AM

Type this in a terminal window:

 

[code]

lspci -nn |grep Wireless

[/code]

and paste the output.  That will tell us the exact wireless chip in your machine.  From there, we may be able to tell you which driver and which (if any) firmware you need.

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Neal

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12-08-2009

Glossop UK

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Re: Ideapad S10e wireless problems on Linux

2010-08-27, 13:23 PM

I have a similar model the S10-2 which has Broadcom wifi probably like yours. If that is what you have then in Ubuntu LInux you can go to system -preferences and select hardware drivers where you will see that it identifies the correct drivers for the broadcom wireless you probably have. It should come up with 2 a Broadcom B43 and an STA. I usually use the sta driver as it seems a little more reliable.

 

Click to download and install which it does for you and then reboot.

 

You should then be able to see you wireless spring into life

 

Hope that helps

 

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12-08-2009

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Re: Ideapad S10e wireless problems on Linux

2010-08-27, 13:31 PM

Or you could have a look at this which has been done by others

 

http://forum.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion-Knowledge-Base/Configuring-proprietary-drivers-and-software-in-Ubuntu/ta-p/230871

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02-05-2009

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Re: Ideapad S10e wireless problems on Linux

2010-10-07, 18:05 PM

Testing OpenSuse 11.3 and Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook remix over the last couple of days, the Ubuntu driver seems a little better I would have to say.  It picks up my access point quicker and does not drop the connection.

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