If your Intel WiFi 5100 series WiFi driver broke down after latest update in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS desktop, understand that you are not the only one here with the same problem. A good friend of mine had the exact same issue. This is what you need to do to solve 'WiFi driver breaks after update' issue in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Disclaimer: I haven't tried and tested the below steps all by myself. I don't use Ubuntu 10.04 LTS anymore and hence can't reproduce the same problem. Use it at your own risk.
Howto Solve 'WiFi Driver Breaks After Update' Issue in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?
- Do the following in Terminal. (Important Note: If you are using kernal version 2.6.32-33, you should skip this step and follow the instruction below this).
wget http://www.orbit-lab.org/kernel/compat-wireless-2.6-stable/v2.6.38/compat-wireless-18.104.22.168-2-ns.tar.bz2 sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-'uname -r' sudo apt-get remove lsh-server tar jxvf compat-wireless-22.214.171.124-2-ns.tar.bz2 cd compat-wireless-126.96.36.199-2-ns make sudo make install sudo make wlunload sudo make btunload sudo modprobe iwlagn bnep btusb rfcomm sco sudo modprobe iwlagn sudo modprobe bnep sudo modprobe btusb sudo modprobe rfcomm sudo modprobe sco sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
- Done. Under normal circumstances, the steps described above should solve the WiFi driver break down issue for you.
- Now, if you are using a slightly older kernel with version 2.6.32-33, do the following(to know which kernel version you are using, just type uname -r in terminal).
wget http://www.orbit-lab.org/kernel/compat-wireless-2.6-stable/v2.6.32/compat-wireless-188.8.131.52.tar.bz2 tar -jxvf compat-wireless-184.108.40.206.tar.bz2 sudo apt-get remove lsh-server cd compat-wireless-220.127.116.11/ ./scripts/driver-select iwlwifi make sudo make install sudo make wlunload sudo make btunload sudo make unload sudo modprobe iwlcore sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart sudo modprobe iwlagn sudo modprobe iwlagn bnep dtusb rfcomm sco
- Done. Hope it worked for you.
A bug report has already been filed regarding this WiFi driver issue and the real courtesy of this particular post goes to the users there who have already detailed the steps on solving the problem. Thanks to our reader and good friend Santhosh N.Raju for the tip.