Trouble with wireless setup

Erik Rasmussen MailForErik at
Thu Apr 15 12:33:35 BST 2010

I've had very good success with *WICD* (*W*ireless *I*nterface *C*onnection
*D*aemon), instead of using the default Network Manager.  (It handles both
wireless and wired connections.)

*You can download the .deb file here*


If you're connected, you can install it on Ubuntu as follows...
 Installing Wicd in Ubuntu

If you are using Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty), Wicd 1.5.9 is in the universe
repository, so a simple sudo apt-get install wicd will do it. If you want
the latest version of Wicd when it comes out, though, you'll need to add the
Wicd repository. Jaunty users who need to download the Wicd deb package can
grab it from Ubuntu's Universe

Non-Jaunty versions of Ubuntu (Intrepid, Hardy, etc) or Jaunty users who
want the latest updates will have to add the Wicd repository to the Ubuntu
package manager. To open the package manager in Gnome, go to Administration
> Synaptic Package Manager. When it appears, go to Settings > Repositories >
Third Party Software > Add..., and enter the following line:

deb jaunty extras

where "jaunty" is your version of Ubuntu in lowercase (dapper, edgy, feisty,
gutsy, hardy, intrepid, jaunty). You'll also need to add the key used for
signing Wicd by running the following command in a terminal:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Now, click Reload, and wait while the package lists are downloaded. Now,
search for "Wicd", and right click on it. Select Install, then press Apply,
and Wicd will automatically be downloaded and installed for you. This will
also keep you automatically up to date with the latest and greatest version
of Wicd. Please note that this will remove network-manager, which is the
default GNOME network manager and may cause loss of network connection

*If you're still looking for Ubuntu Studio you can get 9.10* from here, (but
note that 10.4 with Long Term Support is due out in 14 days).


On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 19:53, mischa falkenburg <
because_productions at> wrote:

> Scott Lavender wrote:
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM, mischa falkenburg
> > <because_productions at
> > <mailto:because_productions at>> wrote:
> >
> >     Hi, I am writing this via my Xubuntu (9.04) installation, but I've
> >     also
> >     installed Studio (8.04) on this box so I'll have my choice in Grub.
> >     OK, the install went alright...except it wouldn't detect any network
> >     stuff, etc.
> >     So, it appears to be a functioning install, but I'm unable to get the
> >     wifi network connection going...even with it set to DHCP. Is it
> >     because
> >     of the difference in the versions? Does 8.04 have a "problem" because
> >     it's 8.04 instead of 9.04?
> >     Any help greatly appreciated.
> >
> >     Mischa
> >
> >
> > network manager was not installed by default in Hardy 8.04.  This was
> > a conscious decision by the developers.
> >
> > If you do not have it installed you might try that first.
> >
> > Some have reported having to turn on "roaming mode" also.
> >
> > Here is a link that might help:
> >
> >
> > ScottL
> How to install NM w/out 'net connection? Is it possible to "pull" it off
> a more recent disk of Ubuntu?
> Mischa
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