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Basic laptop, specs are in my profile (its the 2nd one)

Ubuntu v8 did not work with my wireless. My roommate is suggesting Mandriva, im in the process of getting it now.

Im by no means a power linux user, this will be my first time owning a computer loaded with linux.

Should mandriva fail on wireless net again, where do I go next?
    
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What laptop do you have? Ubuntu has been by far the most flexible with things like device detection and wireless support.
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http://www.overclock.net/system.php?i=19613

Toshiba Sattelite A215-S4697
    
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Have you tried one of the older versions of Ubuntu?
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What kind of wireless card do you have?

I'm not sure about wireless working (out of the box) if Ubuntu 8.04 won't detect it, since it should be the most up-to-date version.
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older versions of ubuntu never worked, never detected at all my wireless

I have some Atheros 5000 wireless card, I can get detailed specs if needed - their website provides no drivers, neither does Toshiba for outside of VISTA, not even XP

Mandriva seems to be working but wireless connects to a router or hotspot but Im still not getting internet
    
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older versions of ubuntu never worked, never detected at all my wireless

I have some Atheros 5000 wireless card, I can get detailed specs if needed - their website provides no drivers, neither does Toshiba for outside of VISTA, not even XP

Mandriva seems to be working but wireless connects to a router or hotspot but Im still not getting internet
Use Madwifi - it's a driver that was originally developed specifically for Atheros 5x chipets.

It might ship with 8.04, so try running "sudo modprobe ath_pci" and see if the module is there before you try to download and install it.
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give Mint Linux a try
    
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give Mint Linux a try
I haven't spent much time on Mint, but it is quite nice =)
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give Mint Linux a try
Mint is very good; I think it's better than Ubuntu. However, Mint is usually a month or two behind the latest Ubuntu, so at this point, I think Ubuntu 8.04 is more up-to-date than Mint Daryna.
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