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Old 08-18-2009, 11:45 AM   #1
chinaexpress
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Can't connect to internet on ubuntu


Hey guys, first post...

First off I'd like to say that I'm nowhere near computer illiterate, but after seeing some of these posts, I'd like to announce that I'm nowhere near the level of some of these linux "newbies", I'm like an uber-newb. I recently installed the newest distribution of ubuntu (first time using any linux, all I've worked with in the past is windows 98, ME, XP, and Vista). I'll cut to the chase and say that my internet when using ubuntu doesn't work, but it does when using vista. How do I connect to a network on ubuntu? The easiest to understand, most basic step-by-step explanation would be most appreciated.

-Thanks for any and all advice
 
Old 08-18-2009, 11:54 AM   #2
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can you tell us info about the computer set up.

what type of connection (dial-up, isdn, cable, dsl, tethered cell-phone) ?

is there a router between you and your connection ?

are you using ethernet or wireless ?

are you using a pci card or usb adapter ?

can you give us the output of these commands (you mite need to be root):

ifconfig
ifconfig -a
iwconfig
iwlist eth1 scanning # mite be wlan0
lsusb
lspci

edit: i use fedora-9 live-usb with gnome and the network-applet is on the top rite corner next to the time. i usually just select the drop down menu and select a wireless network or the wired/ cdma cellphone network when my phone is attached.
maybe you can create a live-cd to test with and see if it works ?

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Old 08-18-2009, 11:57 AM   #3
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First...

A little more detail would help. How is Vista connected, with DHCP to a LAN, or otherwise.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...Ask_a_Question

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Old 08-18-2009, 12:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by schneidz View Post
can you tell us info about the computer set up.

what type of connection (dial-up, isdn, cable, dsl, tethered cell-phone) ?

is there a router between you and your connection ?

are you using ethernet or wireless ?

are you using a pci card or usb adapter ?

can you give us the output of these commands (you mite need to be root):

ifconfig
ifconfig -a
iwconfig
iwlist eth1 scanning # mite be wlan0
lsusb
lspci

edit: i use fedora-9 live-usb with gnome and the network-applet is on the top rite corner next to the time. i usually just select the drop down menu and select a wireless network or the wired/ cdma cellphone network when my phone is attached.
maybe you can create a live-cd to test with and see if it works ?
I have a wireless at&t broadband connection. I'm working with a HP HDX dual core @ 2.40 GHZ and 6GB ram. I don't have any sort of usb adapter and I don't know what the hell a pci card is. Where do I go to give you the output from those commands?
 
Old 08-18-2009, 12:33 PM   #5
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Terminal...

You open a terminal and acquire root privileges, often with the command "su" or "sudo", depending on which distribution you have installed. You might tell us what you have already tried.

Never seen one of these, or do you only have experience with a laptop?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conventional_PCI

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 08-18-2009 at 12:36 PM.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 02:03 PM   #6
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chinaexpress,

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Where do I go to give you the output from those commands?
Do this: click Menu--> Accessories--> Terminal (or a DOS prompt in Xp)
Enter these commands:

sudo -i (then key-in your password when prompted)

Now that you are root, you can query the network, enter the following commands and Copy-Paste the output here if you have another running machine.

ifconfig -a
lspci
lsusb

Having those outputs we can easily help you here.
---------------x

By the way, in Ubuntu there is a graphic application that queries and reports current networking status. I think it is located: Menu--> Administration--> Networking. If you can launch this, in the dialogue box you may only need specify little thing like choosing which NIC is running, eth0 or eth1, just clicking one of these and click Apply will solve it because you are running on a broadband connection. If it doesn't work you need to reload network daemon, or in your case to avoid technical just reboot.

Check back, let us know how it goes.

Good luck.

Last edited by malekmustaq; 08-18-2009 at 02:05 PM.
 
Old 08-18-2009, 02:18 PM   #7
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i use gnome so i guess kde is different (or maybe it is a distro thing) but in fedora the network-applet icon is in the top rite next to the time. by clicking on it it gives a dropdown asking what wireless/ wired/ cellphone network to attach to.

is that applet not existant in ubuntu ?
 
  


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