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    Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

    I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my PC. I have no internet. I have my USB wifi hooked up and windows drivers and ndiswrapper but I cannot install anything because the install button is gray. I have looked for hours and no luck. I feel like going back to Windows 7 but and willing to have this as my absolute last resort. Thanks for any and all help.

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    Re: Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

    Not all USB wi-fi dongles are compatible with Ubuntu, their drivers simply are not adapted to this OS. Which model do you have?

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    Re: Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

    Welcome to the forums. Don't do any throwing away just yet.

    ndiswrapper is largely superseded and you may have gotten that info from an old site. Avoid. If you installed that before doing an update with an ethernet cable then ndiswrapper could be preventing your card working! Let me assure you that it will almost definitely prevent you getting anything else to work and I would totally uninstall it before attempting anything else. Have you looked in Additional Drivers?

    Post the results of these three commands (run one at a time) from a terminal (Applications>Accessories>Terminal) with the dongle plugged in:
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    sudo lshw -C network
    iwconfig
    lsusb
    You also don't provide any details on the USB dongle ... What is it???

    PS: Save some sweat and if you can't find what your looking for elsewhere online or are confused or unsure about what you do find, make the forums your next resort! The forums and its users are here to help ...
    Last edited by Elfy; November 25th, 2012 at 08:47 AM.

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    Re: Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

    Quote Originally Posted by squenson View Post
    Not all USB wi-fi dongles are compatible with Ubuntu, their drivers simply are not adapted to this OS. Which model do you have?
    I have a d-link DWA 130c. I have seen code that you have to type and it works or something but IDK where to start with code and stuff. I have windows drivers from xp and vista.

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    Re: Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

    Have you plugged in an ethernet cable and done updates with that device plugged in?

    As I mentioned, not much will probably work, code or otherwise, with ndiswrapper installed. Other thing is this appears to have N capabilities and your access point/router may not. That could actually be the problem.

    Please read post #3 again and post the requested info. Thanks. That will give an idea of where you're currently at.
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; November 26th, 2012 at 04:25 AM.

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    Re: Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Have you plugged in an ethernet cable and done updates with that device plugged in?

    As I mentioned, not much will probably work, code or otherwise, with ndiswrapper installed. Other thing is this appears to have N capabilities and your access point/router may not. That could actually be the problem.

    Please read post #3 again and post the requested info. Thanks. That will give an idea of where you're currently at.
    I do not have access to an Ethernet cable and was unsuccessful in installing ndiswrapper. The wifi adapter has worked with my current router in Windows 7.

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    Re: Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

    Post the results of these commands and forget about ndiswrapper then. Cheers.

    sudo lshw -C network
    iwconfig
    lsusb

    If you can't get online with the machine you are going to need to drop them to a usb dongle. You probably couldn't install ndiswrapper because you are not online. That will prevent you installing anything except from local media.

    As for the ethernet cable, it would make things much easier if you could beg, borrow, or steal one or get the machine to somewhere you can get online ...
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; November 26th, 2012 at 04:51 AM.

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    Re: Absolute noob with no internet ready to throw my computer out the window

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