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I successfully installed Ubuntu onto my usb hard drive.

However, I'm not sure what the issue is with my internet. I'm not familiar enough with ubuntu to know whether this is a problem with recognizing my wireless card or with my internet, etc.

So I suppose my question is, how do I tell whether it's recognizing my wireless card? (Network manager isn't showing any wireless signals, though I wasn't sure if it was supposed to. )

And, if it's not working, how do I go about troubleshooting that issue?


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I know that it is disabled because when I ran the command to read whether it "saw" the card, it listed my device, but listed it as disabled. I have attempted to enable it through the network manager, but it was unsuccessful. Also, I attempted to install the package listed, but unfortunately, that release is configured for dell, and I have a HP dv5 series laptop. –  user36614 May 9 '10 at 17:43
Hi, I took the liberty to correct your question title. That way it's a bit more general. –  sleske Mar 6 '11 at 15:17

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Go to Applications and open a Terminal.
type: sudo ifconfig (Then you should see a wlan0, ath0, etc besides your ethernet card. If you can see such entry, the system can see and use your wlan card).

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Apparently, my card is disabled. The help sends me in circles regarding this issue; I'm currently trying to figure out how to get the driver to my computer without being able to utilize the internet to download it. [It's a broadcom 802.11b/g; I have found a few articles regarding the issue and am currently attempting to do as they suggest. ) –  user36614 May 9 '10 at 17:18
You have to fetch the packages BY HAND , transfer to the machine and install them. ('fockin' painful under linux, dont expect a Windows way). So what I found on the internet , you will need ndiswrapper. Its a tool which lets you use the WIndows driver. Next post.. –  Shiki May 9 '10 at 17:23
packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 AND packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/ndiswrapper-common . Pick out the correct architecture, and put them into your pendrive, copy to your laptop. If you are lucky, you can install them by double click. (If not, open a terminal, cd to the place. Like "cd /home/fujishiro/Downloads/" and then type this: "sudo dpkg -i *.deb".) –  Shiki May 9 '10 at 17:25
Ok, I have actually attempted to install what is specified on this page help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper Installation went well, apparently, but it's still not working. –  user36614 May 10 '10 at 1:21
You did all the steps? Where you got stuck? Which one fails? –  Shiki May 10 '10 at 15:45

How do you know it's disabled?

In the panel at the top of the screen to the left of the date/time there is a applet for the network. Does it say that your network is disabled?

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lshw -class Network The text I got from that command stated something very similar to what I saw on this page: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=405622 –  user36614 May 10 '10 at 1:22

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