tommy mcdurmon tommac at cableone.net
Fri Dec 1 03:11:30 UTC 2006

Chanchao wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-11-29 at 20:43 -0600, tommy mcdurmon wrote:
>> I have used Ubuntu 5.10,6.06,6.10, xandros,mepis.dsl.puppy and quite a 
>> few more. I have never been able to connect to the internet by wireless. 
>> I do not like Microsoft but I still use XP and ME because I have nothing 
>> else that works. I use Ubuntu Edgy on a dual boot Dell laptop and would 
>> love to delete XP but not until I find a solution to the problem. Does 
>> anyone have a solution to this problem that one who is not an expert on 
>> Linux could use?
> If it doesn't work, google on whatever the wireless hardware is in your
> computer.  So boot into windows if you have that and check that the
> driver/ manufacturer is. 
> A very useful tool on Ubuntu is 'wifi-radar' it scans for wireless
> networks and shows the details to you.  If this works then you know
> wireless networking is working and it's just a matter of setting the
> right ESSD and encryption stuff.
> On my laptop (NEC) it 'just-worked'.  It uses built in Intel
> PRO/Wireless 2200BG hardware.   Another laptop we have is HP, has the
> exact same hardware and that also just-worked.
> NOTE: Believe it or not, it only started working after noticing there
> actrually is a button on the thing that turns wifi on or off. On the HP
> this is an external button, on the NEC it's a Fn-key something
> combination.   On both computers the status LED does NOT come on, but
> the wireless network does. :)
> Cheers,
> Chanchao
Thanks for all the suggestions. In spite of all this, I can connect with 
Windows 98, ME, 2000, and XP with no problems. It seems Linux could come 
up with some solution without all the work and trouble I have had. I'll 
keep using the dual boot until they arrive at a reasonable answer.

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