The above link leads to a 2 page long VERY similar problem complete w/ solution.
I had recently replied to it with the problem at hand, in hopes of rescue.
So far, no response.
The device in question, My Dell INSPIRON | E1405 has recently had the 32-bit version of Linux Ubuntu 13.04 installed on it to replace Windows Vista. (The computer clearly wasn't meant to handle Vista, as could be seen during functionality.)
It was a hand me down from my Uncle.
After installation, the computer seemed completely unable to detect any form of network.
This naturally is a bad thing.
Connected to it currently is an ethernet cord.
The device refuses to acknowledge it's existence.
There is a present and secure WiFi network available the device ALSO seems oblivious to.
I need help reconnecting it to the internet.
Things of note:
At my disposal is a 2gb sd card and an ARM Samsung Chromebook.
Google has been of little to no help.
YouTube is equally useless.
I still have the installation disk.
The internet functioned perfectly before the change in OS, suggesting the network interface card is functioning at a suitable level.
I have no money. Times are hard. This means part suggestions are out of the question.
The computer seems to be bias to my charger, allowing it to function as plugged in, but refusing to let it charge the battery. (Just... Why? [Not the point.] )
I'm not certain how to reinstall linux off of the disk. I'm pretty sure it was ment for use on windows...
I don't have syncopate, and without connection through the device, can't seem to obtain it. This means the solution from the thread listed above is in accessible.
I do have hope however...
If somehow I could get syncopate onto the sd card and install it through the terminal, then I could at least finish attempting the solution from the other thread.
I want to get this device on the internet again...