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  1. #1
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    unwanted window

    Last year I had a professional (?) geek install Ubuntu on an older HP laptop. (Ubuntu only, no other system on hard drive)

    It took forever for him to figure out how to make it connect to my wireless router.

    It now works, (more or less) with Firtefox. HOWEVER: a window keeps popping up in the upper right hand portion of the screen that says: "Wired connection not connected." He couldn't get rid of this, and neither can I.

    I bought: "The Official Ubuntu Book" and read through as much of it as I could understand with no help.

    I tried to reinstall Ubuntu from the CD in the book with no luck!

    I forgot the password and don't know how to change it.

    It works, more or less, logging in as "guest."

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: unwanted window

    You will need a valid password sooner or later, so you may as well recover that first. Basically, almost any changes you will have to make, or any new software you want to install will require a password.

    You could try following the directions for what to do if the password is lost, here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LostPassword

    It is also helpful to know what is actually installed, if for no other reason then b/c people here will ask what version you have.
    If you can open a terminal window in your guest login, then try:

    Code:
    lsb_release -r
    or, for more information:

    Code:
    lsb_release -a
    this is what mine looks like:

    Code:
    peter@Flattop:~$ lsb_release -a
    
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID:    Ubuntu
    Description:    Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS
    Release:    14.04
    Codename:    trusty
    peter@Flattop:~$ lsb_release -r
    Release:    14.04

  3. #3
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    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: unwanted window

    By the way, the original problem is fixed by clicking on the Network Manager icon and selecting Edit Connections. Then select the Wired connection and click Edit. In the General tab untick the box labelled Automatically Connect to this Network when it is Available. And then click save.

    Regards.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530


  4. #4
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    Re: unwanted window

    I'm running 12.04 LTS
    Can't get to the menus on the procedure recmmended I get GRUB and can't get past thast.

    Is there any way to erase and reload perhaps???

    BTW, thank you.

  5. #5
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    Re: unwanted window

    Erase and reload the Ubuntu OS? Sure, but I would not be too quick to do that.

    If someone else with more expertise had trouble to connect to your router, then you may have difficulty doing that also. Setting up wireless connections seems to fall into two categories... either everything works out of the box, or it can become a major PITA. (been there, done that)

    At the very least, I would try to find out what took extra effort to set up, perhaps the model of your installed wireless adapter, etc...

    The standard way to reinstall from scratch is to download the latest LTS version in .iso format, then burn it to a DVD (or USB stick), make sure you can boot and run the os in trial mode from that media before you erase your working os, backup any personal files you may have created, and then reinstall.

    Frankly, someone here can probably help you recover a working password once they know the Ubuntu version you have now.

    edit:

    Are you sure you can't get to the recovery menu? I think the process is a little different in 14.04 (not sure about 12.04), so someone may be able to give you more exact directions.
    Last edited by pmi2; April 11th, 2015 at 04:52 PM.

  6. #6
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    Re: unwanted window

    Had a store wipe the hard drive and reloaded from the CD in the book.

    Starting to set it up now.

    Thank you for your responses.

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