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Thread: Help with wireless usb dongle

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    Help with wireless usb dongle

    Hi

    I'm very new to Ubuntu and stuck with something that should be simple.

    I'm trying to follow these instructions: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...51&postcount=4

    So far I've downloaded a file, renamed it, copied it to my usb stick and placed the file in a folder called 123 on my Ubuntu desktop.

    I've tried to copy and paste the file into /lib/firmware/2.6.32-33-generic but it says I don't have access rights so I've tried the command sudo mv /home/mike/desktop/123/isl3887usb /lib/firmware/2.6.32-33-generic

    I press enter and I get mv:cannot stat ' /home/mike/desktop/123/isl3887usb': No such file or directory

    Can someone please tell me where I'm going wrong and please tell me like a 2 year old as very, very newbie to all this.

    Thanks

    Mike

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    Code:
    sudo mv /home/mike/Desktop/123/isl3887usb /lib/firmware/2.6.32-33-generic
    Linux is case sensitive you need a capital D

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    This is where tab completion is nice, if you enter part of the filename/folder then hit the [TAB] key, if there is a single unique completion, it will auto-complete, else it will fill in until the string branches. You can hit tab twice [TAB][TAB] to see a list of all possible completions. This saves you from having to laboriously type in each character of a file/folder's name.

    If there is no completion available, then you know you've made a mistake somewhere (like the case-sensitive one here)

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    Good answer azmyth. That worked. Thank you.

    BUT

    The next stage didn't work.

    This is what I was greeted with. Sorry for the photo as my legs are getting tired running between my XP machine and my Ubuntu machine taking too long to type out.


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    Re: Simple Help Required

    Any ideas why "Operation not permitted"?

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    Add a sudo infront of the command[s] you used.

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    Ah! Makes sense. Will try that soon. Just installing Ubuntu 10.04.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    Ok. Tried everything suggested and all I'm getting is "FATAL: Error inserting p54common. FATAL: Error inserting p54usb. FATAL: Error inserting mac80211.ko etc. etc.
    Operation not permitted.

    I've even tried installing linux-firmware-nonfree_1.8_all.deb I found from another thread.

    All I'm trying to do is get my Dell 1450 usb wireless thingy to work on any version of Ubuntu. How hard can that be?

    Anybody else got any ideas before I launch my pc out of the window?

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    BTW...my usb wireless unit can see other networks but won't connect.
    The light on the usb wireless unit comes on for 8 seconds and then goes out when plugged in.
    The pc looks like it's going to connect but doesn't.

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    Re: Simple Help Required

    run dmesg and check the last few lines for error messages.

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