Computer: Acer Aspire 7730. Only Ubuntu installed.
Hi, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 yesterday and WiFi worked out of the box. But now the WiFi does not work anymore. It was after I did a
sudo apt-get update
in order to try to fix Spotify (native) (couldn't start it), but I've since learned that update does not actually update any packages (correct me if I'm wrong). But if was after the reboot (Ubuntu wanted me to reboot) that my WiFi no longer works.
If I type
sudo lshw -c network
This is the output:
*-network UNCLAIMED description: Network controller product: WiFi Link 5100 vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:07:00.0 version: 00 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress cap_list configuration: latency=0 resources: memory:c0a00000-c0a01fff
So my WiFi adapter is unclaimed, which I've read means that no driver is associated with it.
lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions.
This is the link that I wanted to use to try to install
iwlwifi (I first wanted to try a Linux driver instead of the whole Windows wireless Driver thing. Plus when I tried to find the driver for this adapter, I could only find
.exe files, while it said that I should find
cd /lib/firmware ls *.ucode
iwlwifi-1000-5.ucode iwlwifi-2030-6.ucode iwlwifi-6000-4.ucode iwlwifi-100-5.ucode iwlwifi-3945-2.ucode iwlwifi-6000g2a-5.ucode iwlwifi-105-6.ucode iwlwifi-4965-2.ucode iwlwifi-6000g2a-6.ucode iwlwifi-135-6.ucode iwlwifi-5000-5.ucode iwlwifi-6000g2b-6.ucode iwlwifi-2000-6.ucode iwlwifi-5150-2.ucode iwlwifi-6050-5.ucode
iwlwifi-5000-5.ucode. This looks very similar to the file(s) that I downloaded from the previous website that I showed. So since it is already there, I haven't tried to install it to that directory yet (and I'm not quite certain how to do it). Maybe the kernel/system/whatever simply doesn't load the driver on boot-up?
Most of the problems I've had with Ubuntu so far have been solved with copy pasting terminal commands without knowing what they do, but it feels like the more I do this the more brittle the whole system becomes (because I don't know what I'm doing). It seems that installing and updating software can lead to unforeseen, bad side-effects that I don't have the skill to foresee. So for this problem I want to ask someone directly before I proceed.