I have had this little Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook for a while but I haven't used it for over a year now. The reason I let it go (beside the fact I bought an iPad around the same time) was that the wireless card was broken and would no longer turn on.
Imagine my surprise when a couple of days ago I found the netbook stored someplace and decide on a whim to try installing Linux on it. I booted it up and in no time I was browsing the internet and I was connected to my network.
Wait a minute. This is the same netbook that was dead as a doornail a year ago.
I was puzzled but eventually I got around to installing Ubunto on it. When it came to connect to my wireless network, Ubunto saw my router, I entered my passwrod and I was in, but I noticed that with Linux the little slider that turned the wireless on or off was not lit up and apparently had no function. But I was able to go online with linux and I was pretty happy.
until I wasn;t. And linux was unable to connect to anything and acted as if I didn't have a network card at all. I tried the switch to no avail, except that eventually I noticed it tried to connect but then it didn't, then it did and so on.
I booted back up into Windows XP and as far as now, it is connected and working fine, but I don;t expect it to remain like that for long.
1) Does it sound like a badly seated card maybe?
2) Could be a broken card?
3) Does it need a new driver for the Win XP side and one for Linux?
4) How would I go about troubleshooting it and see if it's software, hardware or simple black magic?
Thank you very much for your help.
PS: Apparently my Asus doesn't exist. On the back of the netbook my model number says GZ5 but the actual number is in chinese I suppose.
If I go to Asus they have no trace of my model number but someone on this forum posted that our netbook's model number is really the AOA110 (not as snappy as ZG5, I must say)