I don't hate linux, but it's ticking me off right now.
I started with Ubuntu about two years ago, with Oneiric, and had zero problems with the wifi, or sound on a D610 laptop. I loved it. No problems, and, it was free! The only thing not totally amazing was the fact that it would crash if I tried to install 12.04. But, hey, 11.10 was fine. So, I kept going along until the laptop died. Now, I decide to use Ubuntu on an a6257c HP Pavilion.
Everything went smoothly, except for the fact that the sound doesn't work, and numerous others.
I have a Creative SoundBlaster PCI (model CA0106) internal sound card. Does not play sound.
I have a Netgear Wireless Adapter PCI (model WG311v3) internal wireless. Ubuntu says no network devices available.
I have an onboard LSI Corp. 1394 (model FW322), which, also does nothing under Ubuntu.
I have a generic onboard Ethernet Controller. Ubuntu says no network devices available.
See, I know the little tricks and quirks of Ubuntu. I can get stuff working from the command line.
But, for this particular issue, i'm frazzled. Usually, the ethernet drivers are there, and I can hook it up to use my Mac's ICS. This is dead in the water. The only connections it has to the outside world is a couple of flash drives.
I've tried building NDISwrapper from source, but the GCC and all that have endless dependencies that aren't available to me. I used BuildEssentials.deb or something like that, but the Install in the ubuntu app store is grayed out. Same if i use a pre-built version of NDISwrapper. The install button is not available.
Hm. I love Ubuntu. I HATE the drivers.
Basically, my problem is that there is no connections to the outside world.
See, If there was an ethernet driver, I'd be fine. But, there isn't.
I hope someone knows more than I do on this. Ironically, I'm only useful when there is a connection. (Web Dev)
I'm continuing to work on this as you type.
Good Luck solving this,