Can't connect to Internet or use Terminal

Acer / Aspire one aoa-150 ab
May 29, 2011 at 05:17:34
Specs: Linux Linpus Lite
Without me making any changes to my Acer netbook, it's lost the ability to connect to the internet. Just says 'no network found' when the network is right there (my Mac and iPhone have no problem with it). I Googled around for a fix and was advised to delete a file, which I could do via Terminal (rm -rf ~/.gconf/system/networking).

When I tried this, no text appeared in the Terminal window. I tried to type it into another program, which worked, and then copy/paste it into Terminal, which didn't. So I opened My Files and started looking for the file there. My Files is a totally empty window. Even when I ask it to show hidden files. (I could open documents through OpenOffice, but there was nothing in the file manager--no system files, no documents, nothing).

So: can't create an Internet connection, can't type in Terminal. File manager is empty. And whether or not this makes a difference: the netbook won't recognise a mouse either (the trackpad still works).

What's happened to my netbook? How can I fix this? Please help!


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#1
May 30, 2011 at 15:35:38
Darn netbooks tend to use a goofy version of linux.

Since you deleted that not sure what it takes to re-create it.

I'd start with command sudo ifconfig and see what it says.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
May 31, 2011 at 04:13:43
But how do I do that when I can't use Terminal? There isn't even a command prompt there. It won't let me type a single letter. I'm not massively au fait with Linux (as you can probably tell). Is there another way to do this?

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#3
May 31, 2011 at 19:57:17
try ctrl+alt+Fx key

Fx being some key like F1 or F2 or up to F8.

It should maybe bring you to a shell prompt.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
June 1, 2011 at 08:36:06
I tried Ctrl+Alt+all of the Function keys, but nothing happened. I'm wondering if there's some serious hardware fault here.

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#5
June 1, 2011 at 12:52:36
More like the software.

It may be that those screens were never enabled.


I'd see how to save off my personal data and then reload OS. See owners manual.

Might see other forums on this exact netbook also.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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