View Full Version : [ubuntu] Dongle with 8.04?

September 7th, 2009, 04:54 PM
Have just bought an unboxed Toshiba netbook on ebay and it comes with Ubuntu 8.04. what will I have to do if I want to use a dongle, please?
Am a real novice and am only familar with Windows. Ubuntu sounds scary, can I still access hotmail etc? Haven't even opened the box yet as it's for my son.

September 7th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Welcome to the forums! What do you mean by a dongle? Are you talking about a usb flash drive? If this is the case, then yes, you'll be able to use it. With ubuntu, you can just insert a usb drive and it will automatically open it up. Hotmail, and internet in general, should work out of the box through firefox. Also, you don't have to worry about the computer being infected with viruses, malware, spyware, etc, so you should have a good experience with ubuntu.

September 7th, 2009, 05:02 PM
general fyi



September 7th, 2009, 05:03 PM
Sorry if its not the proper name for it!! It's to access the internet without a telephone landline.

September 7th, 2009, 05:03 PM
Just noticed that the previous post beat me to it. My apologies on the mix up there.

September 7th, 2009, 05:44 PM
something like this:



September 7th, 2009, 06:11 PM
any dongle should work fine. Especially if you are talking about WiFi.
It's to access the internet without a telephone landline
Just plug it in and look for wireless network button on the top panel.
If its a netbook though, it should have it built in, so you wont need a dongle.
And yes, you can still access hotmail if you are connected to the internet with ubuntu.

John Buck

September 7th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Sorry I'm really confused, (not hard as only getting to grips with Windows after 5 years!) although there will be wifi built in, I need a telephone landline or a dongle to access the internet , is that right?

September 7th, 2009, 07:22 PM
Sorry I'm really confused, (not hard as only getting to grips with Windows after 5 years!) although there will be wifi built in, I need a telephone landline or a dongle to access the internet , is that right?







September 7th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Perhaps you are talking about 3G type service through your cell phone ? if so you should check the dongle to make sure it works with linux ........

if your talking about wireless internet (like from a library) then the built-in should work ...

September 7th, 2009, 08:12 PM

They have the software you need to use a Vodafone 3G dongle with 8.04.
Used it myself before moving to Ubuntu 9.04 where the Network Manager is set up to cater for these items.


September 7th, 2009, 08:29 PM
Thank you everyone. At present I have a telephone landline and a 2 year old acer with a wireless router using windows. This is about the sum total of my experience with laptops. I know my friend who doesn't have a landline uses a dongle to access the internet.
Now I've bought this new unused still in the box, toshiba Netbook, and have copied the specs for info.
This is for my son who will not have a landline. How can he Skype me in spain? I thought a dongle. I have also bought him a 3 skypephone but he will want to use the internet on his betbook for other things.
Really sorry, have tried to read the links on Wipedia but am even more confused. Seems to indicate that uk want everyone to access internet without any kind of additional equipment? Really sorry for eing such a dummy, but only need my laptop for basics and really need it in simple terms.

September 7th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Sorry here's the specs

Specifications Processor - Intel® Atom™ processor N270

Operating System - Linux Ubuntu 8.04

RAM - 512MB

HDD - 80GB

Drive - External optional
Display - 8.9" TruBrite®

Graphics - Intel® GMA 950

Webcam - 0.3MP

September 7th, 2009, 08:51 PM
Note that the Toshiba may already have onboard
Broadband WWAN/3G (HSDPA) and not require a 'dongle'.

Where is your son? Spain? UK.

If he is in Europe the UK dongles will not work there. You will require a 'local' product . Or, if in Europe best bet for easy internet connection is public wifi at (shudder!) McDonalds...

If he is a light user the Vodafone PAYG dongle works ok for me , but you need to check coverage for the area you are in . (Do you get 3G on a 3G capable mobile in the area?)
If he wants to download music and films and all sorts of megabyte ridden stuff then you had better look for a good contract alternative.
Does Skype suck data in great quantities (?)
PAYG costs £15 per Gig. That is the approx monthly cost of a basic landline internet connection package. If you reckon in that you need a landline(if you do not already have one) that will cost an additional monthly rental of about £11 (BT, SKY, TalTalk, whatever). A landline packge will give you a greater data allowance per month of course.
For occasional use and freedom of movement the £15 per gb is pretty good value... IMO

September 7th, 2009, 08:55 PM
I think 3G dongles are pretty well supported in 8.04. I've used one before, and it was just a case of plug it in and go. It was a t-mobile one.

If you know the model (or even just the network) of the dongle then we can probably find out how well it works with a google search.

September 7th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Thanks again folks. How will I know if it already has Broadband onboard? Still to buy a dongle he's in uk, I'm in spain and have a wireless outer. Am going back next month so will try to sort out for then.