OT: Help with WIFI on HP Mini 110-1030CA

Lawrence H. Bulk lhbcomm at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 18:38:50 UTC 2013

I can only say that my wife and I have been using Linux for over 5 years
now and I personally have tried 7 or 8 different distributions (including
RPM ones). Currently my wife and I are using Xubuntu on our main computers
(ZaReason Strata 7330s), Ubuntu Studio on two older computers (Acer Extensa
5620-6419s), and Lubuntu on two Netbooks (Asus EeePC 1000 & ZaReason Teo).
The Ubuntu Studio installations are 12.04 LTS; the others are all the
latest versions. (I much prefer Debian-type distributions.)

We have NEVER run across anything that will not operate with any of our
computers. I admit that I studied a bit before obtaining our three printers
(2 HPs and 1 Epson), all of which have Linux drivers available. I agree
that if you choose to use any GNU/Linux OS and therefore cannot run over to
your local Best Buy Geek Squad to have any problems fixed, you must learn
to maintain your computer yourself.

But we are both just ordinary computer users. Yes, I am "the man" when it
comes to maintaining our computers but, in truth, my wife rarely runs into
any problems, certainly nowhere near the number she had with Windows. (When
it is time to upgrade, she does it herself.) And it doesn't take a whole
lot of effort to keep your computer going. At least that's my experience
(which is the only one I can go by).

When we first got into Linux, both my wife and I messed up our computers on
numerous occasions as we were learning the system. Most of the time I was
able to get answers to our problem(s) on the forums.But a few times, we had
messed the computer(s) up so badly that nothing could be done. The
solution? A complete fresh reinstallation. And once that is done, you learn
never to do again whatever it was that you did in the first place to foul
up the system.

Wi-Fi? Sound? Whatever the problems are, there is a solution. Often it is
not obvious to amateurs such as myself. But once a solution is explained to
me, far more often than not it turns out to be simple. That's why,
regarding solutions to problems, I stated that "EVERYTHING in Linux is easy
once you know what it is." I haven't found anything that was ultimately
difficult. But, as I said, I am just an ordinary computer user.

I wish I were able to help the original poster who is having trouble
activating Wi-Fi on his netbook. I'm almost positive that there is an
answer - I just don't know what the answer is (beyond my suggestions to

I did not want to get into a discussion about the ease or difficulty of
using Linux; I was only trying to help the OP and perhaps my comment
offended some. In any case, if my last solution does not work, then I hope
that someone else here (someone more knowledgeable than me) can help this

On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net>wrote:

> On Tue, 2013-07-23 at 09:10 -0400, Lawrence H. Bulk wrote:
> > EVERYTHING in Linux is simple once you know the answer!
> So if the answer to "why can't LINUX use my hardware" is, that there is
> no driver available, then it's simple to solve? Simply write a driver
> yourself or simply pay money to get hardware that does work with Linux
> and that has to be developed, because no available hardware does run on
> Linux?
> Or if you need e.g. professional NLE video software or a professional
> working DAW, than simply write the NLE software yourself, pay somebody
> to do, buy 100 motherboards until one is stable with your professional
> sound card and Linux?
> Note! I'm using Linux only for > than a decade, another issues is, that
> if you know the answer, e.g. how to do something assumed your Linux does
> use init, than don't expect that you can solve the same issues a year
> later, when distros switch to upstart or systemd. Don't expect this for
> tons of other issues ;).
> To set up professional Linux environments does mean that you have to
> figure out things again and again, to pay much money etc., sure once you
> know the answer, then you know the answer, but for 1 answer you get, 2
> new answers will appear.
> Users willing to use Linux, should be aware of this. Linux isn't simple!
> To use Linux needs lot of knowhow and you need to refresh this knowhow
> each day.
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