Networking on Toshiba Satellite P505D

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Networking on Toshiba Satellite P505D

Postby northd_tech » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:03 am

I've installed both UU 2.3 and 2.2 in both the 32-bit and 64-bit flavors (AMD duo-core CPUs). I had a lot of trouble with both the NIC and the WiFi interface. I was unable to get them working under 64-bit UU 2.3 (but I was able to get them working again under the 32-bit version of UU2.3.

After doing a bunch of "ndiswrapper" compiling/installation, I was able to run the Update Manager (which went out and grabbed a few newer kernels (2.6.28-14, 2.6.28-15, and "2.6.28-16" is the newest. The Atheros NIC just started working with this "2.6.28-16" kernel after a reboot, so support must have been added for that Atheros Interface in the newest kernel- problem solved, I guess (but I didn't fix it).

The Realtek 8192E WiFi still needed "ndiswrapper" installed, and I could never get the 64-bit WiFi driver to work- it said it was installed (and the driver installed), but I could never see "wlan0" interface. I recall the system freezing a few times with the 64-bit driver and 64-bit UU 2.3.

Here is a snippet of hardware diagnostic on that Realtek WiFi interface:
118: udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_10ec_8192'
info.udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_10ec_8192'
info.linux.driver = 'ndiswrapper'

linux.sysfs_path = '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:04.0/0000:02:00.0'
info.parent = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_1022_9604'
pci.linux.sysfs_path = '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:04.0/0000:02:00.0'
pci.product_id = 33170 (0x8192)
pci.vendor_id = 4332 (0x10ec)
pci.subsys_product_id = 33153 (0x8181)
pci.subsys_vendor_id = 4332 (0x10ec)
pci.device_class = 2 (0x2)
pci.device_subclass = 128 (0x80)
pci.device_protocol = 0 (0x0)
pci.vendor = 'Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.'
info.vendor = 'Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.'
info.subsystem = 'pci'
info.product = 'Unknown (0x8192)'
pci.subsys_vendor = 'Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.'
linux.hotplug_type = 2 (0x2)
linux.subsystem = 'pci'
My notes page didn't have "Atheros" in a search just now, but there is a "driver" available from Atheros here for the 81xx family: ... 132/linux/

Unfortunately, I never got that to build or install- there were several errors about function calls IIRC. This Atheros AR8132 Ethernet does appear to work in this newer kernel "2.6.28-16" only though.

Actually, it looks like the Ethernet is showing up as "Attansic" rather than "Atheros"
15: PCI 400.0: 0200 Ethernet controller
[Created at pci.314]
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_1969_1062
Unique ID: YmUS.xQq8Ov29x34
Parent ID: H0_h.AQdh0Ungjl1
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:06.0/0000:04:00.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:04:00.0
Hardware Class: network
Model: "Attansic Ethernet controller"
Vendor: pci 0x1969 "Attansic Technology Corp."
Device: pci 0x1062
SubVendor: pci 0x1179 "Toshiba America Info Systems"
SubDevice: pci 0xff50
Revision: 0xc0
Memory Range: 0xf0300000-0xf033ffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
I/O Ports: 0xb000-0xbfff (rw)
IRQ: 5 (no events)
Module Alias: "pci:v00001969d00001062sv00001179sd0000FF50bc02sc00i00"
Config Status: cfg=new, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #37 (PCI bridge)
Other than the Ethernet and the WiFi problems, this Toshiba laptop works quite well with UU 2.3- sound and video worked quite well. The 2.6.28-15 kernel did seem a little "buggy" though, and I had the most trouble with that one. 2.6.28-14 was much better (but I couldn't get the Atheros AR8132 ethernet to work with that one either).
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Re: Networking on Toshiba Satellite P505D

Postby Admin-Amir » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:46 am

Hello northd_tech .

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