Chanchao custom at freenet.de
Thu Nov 30 03:46:26 UTC 2006

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. :)


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