Last week the wife was using our main laptop (which is locked down) and I wanted to watch the Patriots game, so stupidly, I turned on this laptop and found a stream to watch the game. You can obviously guess what happened next. So, instead of downloading various anti-virus software and trying to clean the thing out, I took the opportunity to do what I've wanted to do for a long time - install a Linux distro.
So I shut the laptop down, downloaded a few distros to try out and went to town deleting the Windows partitions and installing Linux partitions. The first distro I installed and tried was Ubuntu (since I'm largely a Linux noob, this came highly recommended). The install went great and Ubuntu is actually pretty sharp, everything seemed to work right out of the gate with no issues - until I realized I had made a huge mistake.
My laptop doesn't come with an external wireless switch. In my infinite wisdom and haste, I had disabled my wireless card when I found out I had a virus so that I would be sure I was disconnected from the internet; this is accomplished by using the fn-f8 key combination. Well, I hadn't re-enabled the wireless card before wiping the partitions and come to find out, that key combination doesn't work with any of the distros that I've installed. Through all of my research and scrambling I have since discovered that this is a common problem with Toshiba laptops with a Linux install. Basically there are issues with the fn key combinations working.
So I found an old copy of Windows laying around and reinstalled that back onto the laptop figuring I'd get the fn keys to work in Windows again, re-enable and then reinstall Linux. Well, I couldn't get any drivers installed and my Windows install wouldn't recognize any of my hardware, so I said f*** it and reinstalled Linux and tried to find a workaround. I did find a package called FnFX which was created specifically for this problem - I immediately installed it on my machine, but come to find out the Bios on the laptop wasn't written by Toshiba and this program doesn't work on my laptop since I can't enable the Toshiba acpi.
Basically I'm now stuck with a laptop that doesn't have wireless - which pretty much sucking fucks. I'm at my wits end and I really don't have the Linux knowledge to go any further - this is pretty much my last resort to see if anyone here has any ideas. Otherwise, I might be forced to either pirate a copy of Windows 7 and hope I can get it to work or go out and buy a new copy of Windows 7 with the risk of it not working.
Edited by FL4WL3SS, 10 January 2012 - 06:38 PM.