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Postby TheWizardofOdds » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:12 pm

I had a look at the Thunderbird Help and I couldn't see anything there.

I'll try the BTYahoo Help. maybe something will come up there.

I entered the username as my email add and my BT password but it suggest one is wrong when neither is?

As for the Mint Forum, I'm using the trackpad on the laptop and have never used one before, but i'll be damned if I can drag those words heheh !

The Java is enabled.

Thanks, I've plenty to get on with! ( I'm dealing with the posts one by one as I can't select to copy and paste either)
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Postby TheWizardofOdds » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:32 am

I can scratch one of the list...

I was getting nowhere fast with Thunderbird, so I installed good old Evolution, it seems to work for me. I done a manual install and it worked no problem.

I may go back to Thunderbird at a later date and remove then reinstall and start from scratch again, just because it irritates me that I couldn't get it... :lol:
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Postby xenopeek » Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:40 pm

The Realtek Device 8723 would be your Wi-Fi, but is seems it had very bad support on Linux. I'm not sure if this has been improved. Some users have a received a file from Realtek on Dropbox, that they can compile to get a working driver on Linux Mint 13. I'm not sure it will work on 14. You may be happier getting a Wi-Fi dongle that just works on Linux Mint 14. (The hardware compatibility database for Linux Mint is here: http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/search. Suggest you search for type "USB wireless adapter", status "Works perfectly" and release "Maya" as "Nadia" has no entries yet.)

Anyway, the bits I found from other users are:
- Dowload + instructions: http://askubuntu.com/a/165002
- Alternative compilation instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p= ... ostcount=8
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Postby Fíona » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:40 pm

Last year I had problems with my toshiba satellite's wifi, it connected ok but dropped connections which could only be restored by rebooting. I also believed that the problem was the realtek driver.
I compiled and installed a driver I downloaded from the site and thereafter no probs. I work with linuxmint 13 so don't know if 14 is a problem.

Maybe this howto will help;
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1930475
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Postby TheWizardofOdds » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:48 pm

xenopeek wrote:The Realtek Device 8723 would be your Wi-Fi, but is seems it had very bad support on Linux. I'm not sure if this has been improved. Some users have a received a file from Realtek on Dropbox, that they can compile to get a working driver on Linux Mint 13. I'm not sure it will work on 14. You may be happier getting a Wi-Fi dongle that just works on Linux Mint 14. (The hardware compatibility database for Linux Mint is here: http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/search. Suggest you search for type "USB wireless adapter", status "Works perfectly" and release "Maya" as "Nadia" has no entries yet.)

Anyway, the bits I found from other users are:
- Dowload + instructions: http://askubuntu.com/a/165002
- Alternative compilation instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p= ... ostcount=8


Thanks, I've just moved house so waiting for broadband to be connected, I'll look into getting a dongle I think. I'll look through the links though and weigh it up.
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Postby TheWizardofOdds » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:52 pm

Fíona wrote:Last year I had problems with my toshiba satellite's wifi, it connected ok but dropped connections which could only be restored by rebooting. I also believed that the problem was the realtek driver.
I compiled and installed a driver I downloaded from the site and thereafter no probs. I work with linuxmint 13 so don't know if 14 is a problem.

Maybe this howto will help;
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1930475


Excellent Fiona , thanks, I need all the help I can get. :D
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Postby heiowge » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:21 pm

Fíona wrote:Last year I had problems with my toshiba satellite's wifi,


Strange... My wife's old Toshiba equium had no such problems with Mint 11... Not tried Mint 14 yet with it.
i5 4440 3.1Ghz, Asus H87M-E motherboard, 8GB DDR3, 2GB DDR5 nVidia card, 2x500GB Seagate hd, Coolermaster 750W PSU running Mint 16 MATE and Win7

eeepc 1015PX, 1.66 Ghz Intel atom processor, 2 GB DDR3, 320 GB hd, Mint 14 MATE. Fan needs fixing.
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Postby Rhakios » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:30 pm

heiowge wrote:
Fíona wrote:Last year I had problems with my toshiba satellite's wifi,


Strange... My wife's old Toshiba equium had no such problems with Mint 11... Not tried Mint 14 yet with it.


It seems to depend on the chipset used, those Realtek chips with 802.11n ability seem to cause the most problems.
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Postby Fíona » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:52 pm

TheWizardofOdds wrote:
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 03:00.2
Card-2: Realtek Device 8723 port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0


inxi -i tells me this about my satellite:

Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller driver: r8169

Same driver and I believed the driver was the problem. I won't argue with Rhakios though my wifi is working fine now.
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Postby TheWizardofOdds » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:01 pm

I think the driver thing is a bit beyond my skill-set at the moment.

With an adapter/dongle is it a case of inserting to the usb slot(Mint compatible of course) and it picks up the wi-fi from my bt hub? would I need to install anything for it? It's not really a long term solution I think, but I will mainly be using the laptop in my house so it would be ok for the meantime.
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Postby Rhakios » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:06 am

I have an atheros based USB stick that works fine with Mint14, as I can't disable the onboard wifi chip in the BIOS, I just select the USB device in Mint's network manager and disable the onboard wifi from there.
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Postby TheWizardofOdds » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:13 pm

Rhakios wrote:I have an atheros based USB stick that works fine with Mint14, as I can't disable the onboard wifi chip in the BIOS, I just select the USB device in Mint's network manager and disable the onboard wifi from there.


Is that a wireless adapter? When you select the USB in network manager, does that disable the onboard wifi automatically?
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Postby TheWizardofOdds » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:21 pm

xenopeek wrote:The Realtek Device 8723 would be your Wi-Fi, but is seems it had very bad support on Linux. I'm not sure if this has been improved. Some users have a received a file from Realtek on Dropbox, that they can compile to get a working driver on Linux Mint 13. I'm not sure it will work on 14. You may be happier getting a Wi-Fi dongle that just works on Linux Mint 14. (The hardware compatibility database for Linux Mint is here: http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/search. Suggest you search for type "USB wireless adapter", status "Works perfectly" and release "Maya" as "Nadia" has no entries yet.)

Anyway, the bits I found from other users are:
- Dowload + instructions: http://askubuntu.com/a/165002
- Alternative compilation instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?
p=12081092&postcount=8


I've done search as you advised. There are around six USB adapters compatible with Maya. Are they likely to work with nadia too?
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Postby Rhakios » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:55 pm

TheWizardofOdds wrote:Is that a wireless adapter? When you select the USB in network manager, does that disable the onboard wifi automatically?


Yes it is a wireless USB dongle. It shows up alongside the onboard wireless adaptor in the network manager applet, each has an on/off toggle by it, so you can pick either or none (if you want to use the ethernet port for some reason).
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