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Old 07-15-07, 09:29 PM
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Ubuntu/wireless

I recently installed Ubuntu Linux on an older laptop. It doesn't have
a wireless card, so i had been using a Netgear USB receiver, which
worked okay in Windows. I can't use my installation CD with the
Ubuntu OS, however.

Any of you Linux people have any suggestions? (I'm not a computer
pro or much of a geek: it'll have to be simple)

Yes, I have tried reading some of the ubuntu forums, but nothing seems
to match this problem.
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Old 07-15-07, 09:37 PM
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You want to look into the "Restricted Drivers Manager" most likely. If Ubuntu doesn't know what the netgear usb receiver is, then it's not going to be able to use it at all. Good luck. Google searching is your friend.
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Old 07-16-07, 07:02 AM
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I stopped using Ubuntu, because it could never handle wireless correctly and went back to debian.

Do this in console

sudo apt-get install network-manager

I think you might need to get another one. I think it's gnome-network-manager.
I'm not sure if network-manager installs the wpa-supplicant, but if it doesn't just do an apt-get to get wpa-supplicant.
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You may want to have a look at ndiswrapper. That usually works fine in getting windows drivers to work on linux. There's quite a good - to my mind - HOWTO here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=31926

Alternatively, there's also DriverLoader from Linuxant, that is commercial, however. You'll find that here: http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/. Not sure they support your Netgear USB receiver, should really, as Netgear tend to use standard chipsets in their devices.
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