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    Making a transition from windows..

    Hello all. I'm transitioning from windows and I'm very new to Linux (Xubuntu). I have the most recent version of Xubuntu, and I have a few newbie questions. I've tried google searching and I can't find sufficient answers for a lot of my questions, so please bear with me. (Note: I'm typing this on my XP laptop, not on my Linux laptop, because I can't get a wireless connection)

    1. How do I get to use the Power Management that you see when you hit the "Help" button? I believe it's called GNOME Power Management, and on the screen, it has settings that lets you control CPU speed and stuff. The one I have right now just has settings for dimming the screen, and shutting down when battery is low.

    2. I can't seem to get it connected to the wireless network. I did a few google searches and it keeps telling me to use an fdisk command. When I open up the command prompt and type what they say in, it tells me its unrecognized. If it helps, the text before I type in the command says <grub> or something along those lines.

    Thank you guys in advance.

    Additional Questions: (if you guys don't mind)
    4. In power management, I set the laptop to do a blank screen if I close the lid. When I close the lid is completely messes up the screen (it's not black/"blank"). Any reasons why, and if so, is there any way to fix this or should I set it to "Do Nothing" when I close the lid?

    5. How do I disable the double-clicking feature on the Touch Pad? (I only want to be able to double click with the buttons)

    EDIT #2: If it helps anyone with these questions, I'm using an old Latitude D400.
    EDIT #3: Question 3 was answered.
    Last edited by Linuxperiment; November 15th, 2008 at 10:09 PM.

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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    1) System>Preferences>Power Management

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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    I'm afraid I might not be of much help, but I'll try anyway.

    1. Try right-clicking on one of the panels. There should be an add-to-panel section, click that. Then a list of little icons should appear, and one of them should be described as a "CPU speed governor" or something like that. That at least will display your current CPU speed, but I don't know how to modify it on Xubuntu to make the CPU speed controllable by the user. A Xubuntu user is needed here..

    2. I'm afraid I can't help here either

    3. Finally, I can be of use! I think Xubuntu probably comes with "Pidgin". It's a multi-protocol IM client, which means it can do AIM, MSN Messenger, Jabber, Yahoo, etc. This should get you started, but there might be a better AIM-only client out there for linux, I don't know.

    Pidgin can be accessed through Applications > Internet > Pidgin instant messenger

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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    2. fdisk and grub are in no way related to wireless, ill try and help you with that in a bit though when i get to my desktop. can you tell me what wireless card you are using?

    3. there should be a program called pidgin (should be in the internet section of your apps menu) which you can use as an alternative to AIM
    Last edited by marshall.robert; November 15th, 2008 at 02:56 PM.
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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    Quote Originally Posted by FreewheelinFrank View Post
    1) System>Preferences>Power Management
    Yeah when I went there, I clicked on the "Help" screen and in that image was the power management I wanted

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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    Welcome to Ubuntu.
    Wireless - first we need to find out what wireless card/chipset you have. Go to Applications-Accessories-Terminal and type in
    Code:
    lshw -C network
    Please post the product and vendor information here for the wireless interface. From there we can work out what wireless firmware drivers are required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevbert View Post
    Welcome to Ubuntu.
    Wireless - first we need to find out what wireless card/chipset you have. Go to Applications-Accessories-Terminal and type in
    Code:
    lshw -C network
    Please post the product and vendor information here for the wireless interface. From there we can work out what wireless firmware drivers are required.
    Okay I did it, and here's what I got:

    Product: NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet
    Vendor: Broadcom Corporation

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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    Anyways, I added up some new questions if you guys are interested. Sorry for the bombardment of them, I just have a lot of them.

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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    BCM5705M - that's the wired connection. If there isn't another network product we'll need to try another terminal command:
    Code:
    lspci
    Please look for the line with wireless lan and report back the make, model and revision.
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    Re: Making a transition from windows..

    I typed it in, and it looks like there is nothing for wireless. If it helps at all, it's an old Latitude D400. I googled a question asking if latitude d400s have wireless cards, and they said yes. Now I'm not so sure...

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