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Old 03-08-2007, 09:41 PM   #1
mengfei
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Really weak 2Wire


Hey there!

I have a 2Wire PCMCIA Wireless Card for my laptop.

Under Windows XP, it picks up wireless signals just fine.

However, under Ubuntu, it barely sees the signals, if at all.

Any of you have any ideas as to why this is?


Thanks
Meng-Fei
 
Old 03-10-2007, 04:03 PM   #2
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Since you are using Ubuntu as a newbie, why don't you install the network-manager-gnome - in the repositories, so:

System-Administration-Synaptic Package Manager

then check off network-manager-gnome and install it.

After installation, when you reboot, you will have an icon at the top which will hopefully show you all wireless stations which are broadcasting, with a bar indicating their strength. You have to click on the icon to see what is happening. You will also be able to see if you have no wireless.
 
Old 03-11-2007, 12:50 PM   #3
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Hey SactoBob, thanks for the reply!

I already had network-manager and network-manager-gnome installed though... and it wasn't picking up anything. Windows is still picking up signals wonderfully though!
 
Old 03-11-2007, 03:08 PM   #4
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Then it sounds like the problem is that your wireless card is not working at all. Your question made it sound like the card was working, but weakly. It is important to describe your problems precisely to get good help. When you say that the card works "barely, if at all", that is different from not working at all. The quality of the help you get will be proportional to the quality of your questions.

If you are used to Windows, Linux is not a "plug and play" system. Wireless especially can be hard to get working. Wireless is a problem for beginning users - it sure was for me. It is a fairly advanced topic, yet it is often the first problem you face since you need internet.

Do you know what kind of chip is in your wireless card? Do you know about ndiswrapper? It is probably going to take some work to get your wireless working in Linux. Since you are using Ubuntu (like me), a good place to start would be with the official and user supported documentation.

Do you have an ethernet connection available for this computer? That will probably work fine. But for the wireless, you want to find out if their is a Linux driver for it, and if not, whether it will work with ndiswrapper. If those don't work, you could try a trial with Linuxant, but that costs $ if you want to use it after the trial. But first find out what kind of chip is in your card (the brand of the card doesn't help on this point)

You can do a bit of research by reading some posts in the Wireless Networking forum here, under Networking. You can check the HCL (Hardware Comp. List) here to see if anybody else has got your card to work - although that is not a guarantee since the same model cards can have different chips.
 
  


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