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I installed both Ubuntu 8.04 and 10.04. I tried to install the wireless card. although I succeeded in installing the driver using ndiswrapper, it tells me that the hardware is not present.

When I use lspci, it doesn't list it. I have this laptop model and I think it should have the same entry about the wireless card here:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1810193

Could the problem be other than hardware malfunction?

Update: Here's lspci output:

00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 01)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller (rev 11)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 IDE Controller
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-ISA Bridge
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-PCI Bridge
00:14.5 Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:14.6 Modem: ATI Technologies Inc SB400 AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
05:09.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller
05:09.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
05:09.3 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Integrated FlashMedia Controller
05:09.4 SD Host controller: Texas Instruments PCI6411/6421/6611/6621/7411/7421/7611/7621 Secure Digital Controller

Unfortunately I'm using Ubuntu 8.04 since it is the last LTS that runs with acceptable performance.

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Post the output of lspci here. try updating your system with wired lan and then see if you find the hardware in the list. –  Chaitanya Mar 23 '12 at 6:05
    
I've updated the question with the output of lspci –  al-Amjad Tawfiq Isstaif Mar 26 '12 at 13:12
    
try with ubuntu 12.04 –  medigeek Jun 16 '12 at 7:12

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I had similar issue where :lspci doesn't list any wireless device/card
ifconfig won't list any wireless interface
rfkill won't make any change
not able to turn on wireless
network manager won't list any wireless
dmesg won't say anything related to wireless

one thing you can see that you may have usb wireless instead of pci it is possible for internal wireless too.so see the output of lsusb and look for your wireless card. Well i wasn't able to find why this occurs i tried everything like reinstalling drivers, recompiling drivers etc but could not find a fix this way .I think there is something close to hardware (at least in my case)that's why you can not fix it using software/drivers.

I found a quick fix:
Goto BIOS settings you will probably find wireless enabled there if this is so disable it reboot again go to BIOS settings again now enable it your wireless should work now

this worked for me, try it well .I have been struggling with this and could not find a conclusion. If anyone finds it please reply.

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