acer laptop problems with wireless and printing
k5di at zianet.com
Sat Apr 5 16:26:46 UTC 2008
Dave Stevens wrote:
> I have a friend who has an Acer TravelMate 2480 laptop. I've been trying to
> get him to use Ubuntu instead of the currently installed MS Windows XP
> Professional. I partitioned the disk and installed Ubuntu 7.10 on one
> partition. He now has a working dual boot. The problem area are only two but
> I can't seem to make any headway on them.
> For one thing, he has a Atheros AR5007EG wireless network NIC. This doesn't
> work in Ubuntu although it does in Windows. I could add a USB wireless NIC
> and then could presumably pick one for which there is good support (is there
> one like that?) but my friend assures me that carrying it around is a pain in
> the extremity and he would not likely do so, losing a huge amount of
> functionality and in practice making the conversion to Linux fail. I've found
> solutions advertised using nswrapper and a workaround using a source only
> package that I could in principal compile and link to test. This, even if it
> works, seems like a huge fuss, given the very large numbers of these laptops
> on the market - is there really no better solution?
> Another problem is that this laptop has no parallel port, so he can not plug
> in his Canon 4100 printer - it is parallel only. He has a USB to parallel
> adapter cable. This works fine with his desktop system (XP) just by plugging
> it in. Connects, installs the driver, prints, just as advertised. But I can
> not get it to work in either XP Pro or Ubuntu 7.10 on the laptop. No idea
> why. Have (on Windows) updated everything in sight and the manufacturer's
> driver CD contains only an unhelpful note that XP will recognize it
> automatically. For the desktop unit that seems to be borne out, so why not on
> the laptop? A Windows solution (I know this is the Ubuntu list) would be
> handy, a solution on Ubuntu even better.
> Ideas? Pointers to docs?
> Thanks in advance,
Get a new Printer like the latest HP which sells for less than the
cost of the ink cartriges and has a USB plug. Works on my Ubuntu.
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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