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    Can't connect to wireless network

    I am trying to connect to my wireless network using ubuntu. I Installed ubuntu, but I can't figure out how to conect to my wireless network. It is installed on my laptop.

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    on the top right corner.. you will find an internet icon(similar to the one in windows like a monitor).. click on it and you should see the available networks.. then click on the network and you should be connected

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    The only one available is the wired network, no wireless. But it is a wireless laptop.

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    Have you checked to see if any restricted drivers need to be enabled? Under System->Administration->Restricted Drivers Manager.

    If not, there might not be a Linux driver available for that adapter, in which case you will need to install ndiswrapper-common, ndiswrapper-utils and ndisgtk. You will then be able to use the windows driver.
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    ok. How do I install those? do I have to use the terminal? I am new to ubuntu, not to familliar with the terminal.

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    No worries. The easiest is to do it through System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager - if you search for "ndis" you should find those three packages listed.

    Once done, you should be able to add the Windows drivers through System->Administration->Windows Wireless Drivers. You will obviously need the windows drivers on disc though - then you will just browse to them using that program. Browse to the INF file, and it should add the windows drivers.

    If that works ok, then you should now see a wireless connection in your network properties that you can configure.
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    Ok, I can find the first 2, but not the one called ndisgtk.

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    Hi, sorry for the delay. I've checked and that's definitely the right package name.

    It's possible that you need to enable universe software in your sources list since ndisgtk might not be supported by Canonical, so might not be present by default. You can do this under System->Administration->Software Sources. Check the option labelled "Community-maintained Open Source software (universe)". You might as well enable the restricted and multiverse options while you're at it. You will then need to update your package lists in Synaptic (click the Reload button) and search again.

    Hope that helps.
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    Thanks. I have it working now.
    Last edited by gnarkilljboy; May 10th, 2008 at 09:40 PM. Reason: Fixed

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless network

    No problem, glad to be of assistance.
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