The wireless doesn't work on my Toshiba Satellite C55-A5281. The device originally came with Windows 8, but I removed it snd installed Ubuntu. Wireless does not work "out of the box" and there are no proprietary drivers to enable in the manager. Wired connection however does work, along with the keyboards and it's functions-brightness, sound, etc. I posted about this in the forum last-week, but no other people were able to help. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2168927
If this is your device, it is covered by the very new driver rtl8188ee:
Network controller : Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8179]
Verify your device with the terminal command:
If so, you can compile this driver in 13.04. Please get a temporary wired ethernet connection and do:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential
I suggest you download this to your desktop: http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/projects/backports/stable/v3.11-rc3/backports-3.11-rc3-1.tar.bz2 Right-click it and select 'Extract Here.' Now open a terminal and do:
cd ~/Desktop/backports-3.11-rc3-1/ make defconfig-rtlwifi make sudo make install sudo modprobe rtl8188ee
Your wireless should now be working. You will have compiled the driver for your currently running kernel only. When Update Manager installs a later linux-image, after reboot, re-compile:
cd ~/Desktop/backports-3.11-rc3-1/ make clean make defconfig-rtlwifi make sudo make install sudo modprobe rtl8188ee
If the message logs say you need firmware:
dmesg | grep rtl
Download and install it with:
wget http://mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/main/l/linux-firmware/linux-firmware_1.106_all.deb sudo dpkg -i linux*.deb sudo modprobe -r rtl8188ee && sudo modprobe rtl8188ee
Had that as well on the live environment, but a little different!!!
On my Acer TravalMate 4650 in live environment, the internal blue-tooth suddenly worked for the first time ever(Windows XP was not working with the internal bluetooth so I used a USB-extension instead), but WLAN not, even with the driver installed and started. After I installed it stayed that way. The first reboot of the local installed, WLAN was turned on automatically again. I turned it off on installing hardware and updates to save power, because I used a cable instead for Internet connection.
I installed my USB-HSDPA(3G)-Modem, worked out of the box...after playing around with some drivers and needing to restart again, WLAN turned on again...but than it suddenly connected and worked!!!
I'm using Kbuntu 13.04, it was a hell on installing it, but now it works so nicely...my windows gaming PC is starting to collect some dust, till I'm back on Linux...
...but here is my tip, as you use Linux in Single Boot, maybe try out a different distro of Ubuntu? Like Kbuntu is actually build to support all kind of Laptop Hardware, for example. The GUI is dream for Windows Fans...it's like the best features of XP and 7 combined in one powerful OS. Hope this may help you... ;3)