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kakashi_12
November 15th, 2009, 04:32 AM
We've been having a debate at school (tech-school) with my one teacher who is not very familiar with Linux. He's a hardcore typical Win guy. Anyway, he's always explainin' how Win is better than Linux and has better networking functionality, etc. Lol, of course I disagreed. Long story, short.

Anyway, here's a question for him... and for you guys... maybe you can help me out not just why this happens... but how to fix it too.

In Win (XP Home) the wireless card (external) does not work anymore 99% of the time. I have repair the connection a couple times, restart the computer, and then repair it one more time for it to work.
In Linux, the wireless card DOES work 99% of the time. Without rebooting or repairing or any crap. It's only not worked once.
So therefore, is it hardware or OS related. He can't claim the card needs replaced... it works just fine in Linux. Is this an OS prob? What's the deal? What's your feel?

Fir3chi3f
November 15th, 2009, 05:32 AM
Usually I have found that older hardware has amazing support under just about every distro out there. Windows eventually loses support for that and as other things change within an installation of windows older (and sometimes newer) hardware tends to not always work right.

I wouldn't necessarily say that this proves either better. I can say that what works under linux usually REALLY works. On your windows side I would suggest updating your drivers for the card.

As you use windows and linux (not just ubuntu) you will be able to blow him out of the water with your knowledge. I just think about how the guys on the Computer Action Show (used to be Linux Action Show) would put it, Microsoft is a business and they will do things that are good for business, linux is made by people that want more than that, ask Linus he wants his kernel to be perfect and yells at anyone that disagrees.

You know what might really show him? give him a CD with ubuntu on it. :D And say, "It cost me $3.99 you can try it out if you would like"

kakashi_12
November 15th, 2009, 06:19 AM
that makes sense what you said about updating the driver. thanks.

3.99? Thought it was free. Maybe 99 cents at the least for the cost of the CD-R

kakashi_12
November 15th, 2009, 08:38 PM
wow. dang, you were right. that fixed it. thanks so much. that was getting so annoying before.

GuiGuy
November 15th, 2009, 09:12 PM
We've been having a debate at school (tech-school) with my one teacher who is not very familiar with Linux. He's a hardcore typical Win guy. Anyway, he's always explainin' how Win is better than Linux and has better networking functionality, etc. Lol, of course I disagreed. Long story, short.

Whether or not Windoze is better for networking is debatable. But it is certainly easier.

Fir3chi3f
November 15th, 2009, 09:18 PM
wow. damn, you were right. that fixed it. thanks so much. that was getting so annoying before.

A windows problem solved on the ubuntuforums I like it! :lolflag:

kakashi_12
November 16th, 2009, 01:58 AM
A windows problem solved on the ubuntuforums I like it! :lolflag:
darn straight, i love it too! hahaa.