That tells us the family of PC, but not enough details to know what is inside. I have a Dell Inspiron 15 too - it is a "1558".
Originally Posted by CeolanM
I don't believe anyone has asked you to code anything here. Perhaps I missed something?
To make a wifi connection you will need to know:
There is an option to add an internet connection, but it has me putting in alot of info about the network that i frankly dont know where to get, and if i do, i'd want to make sure it works if i do that,
* SSID for the network
* Pre-shared Key and if it is WPA, WPA2 or WEP.
If the network support DHCP, then that should be all you need to know, assuming your wifi drivers are working correctly.
If there isn't a DHCP server, then you'll need to know all those things plus these:
* IP address for **your** PC
* Netmask for the network
* Default gateway
* DNS Server(s)
Most networks run DHCP, however, so you should be in luck.
I hate to say this but "help my network doesn't work" really does not explain the problem so that anyone here can help. You can help us by explaining exactly what you press, type in and click on step-by-step. Also, if we knew exactly which version of Ubuntu you are running and exactly which hardware you are using, that would be a big help for us to help you.
To run lshw, press the <atl>-F2 key, type "xterm", then inside that terminal, type "lshw -c network" - find the wifi network adapter in that list, copy and paste the output into a response inside this forum thread. Something like this:
Sorry, no wifi controller inside my machine.
description: Ethernet interface
product: 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 3
bus info: pci@0000:00:03.0
logical name: eth0