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Please assume the most basic of Linux knowledge!!!!: I'm trying to get wicd on Ubuntu 9.04, but I can't find anywhere to download it from. Lots of the forums mention sudo blah blah.... but I don't know where to type the stuff!!
One of the forums posted a comprehensive step-by-step how-to, but it mentioned something about installing a wicd key, where would I find this?
Also what was mentioned was gutsey, hardy, jaunty etc. I guessed that these must be the names of different Ubuntu distributions, how do I find out which one mine is?
Last edited by Rockspud5693; 08-01-2009 at 08:29 PM.
Reason: adding a sence of my desperate situation!
I took this quote right from their website:
"Wicd is an open source wired and wireless network manager for Linux which aims to provide a simple interface to connect to networks with a wide variety of settings." http://wicd.sourceforge.net/
Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager.
It will ask for your password. Give it. Click on the search button to open up a text box. Type wicd there to search for it.
It will find it for you.
Click on and mark it for install. Click Apply for install it.
Thats it. Wicd is installed on your Jaunty.
I search for it in the quick search box and it doesn't come up. Then I search for it in the pop-out search window, and it finds it. However it does not allow me to install it! I can't find the WICD thing anywhere to download (via the Vista side of the partition)!
I tried updating and installing it through the Terminal window (yes I am aware of the Microsoft terminology! lol) but it does not like my wireless internet (hence why I wanted WICD). It does not seem that WICD is included on my version of Ubuntu.
Unfortunately, I followed instructions I found elsewhere which said I had to uninstall the network-manager. Having done this, I now have no network connection at all, wired or wireless.
I'm running Lucid Lynx, and have the Atheros AR5001 wireless, which I have been completely unable to get to work. Anybody ahve an idea if wicd will do it, and if so, how can I download it to another computer, put on a flash drive, and get working on my crippled machine?
I appreciate the responses. That's one thing I am not getting on other sites.
Unfortunately, having removed network manager, I no longer have the option of plugging in the cat 5 and using wired. Losing NM cost me the wired network. What I was trying to do was get the wireless working for when I take my laptop on the road.
I appreciate the link. I've been following similar ones on other sites and have done the backports and the modprobe without success. Madwifi doesn't seem to be a solution. The upgraded driver from the Madwifi project is the ath5k driver that is loaded now in my machine.
There is an ath9k driver that I thought I might try, although I don't see how that is likely to solve the problem. My card is the AR5001 and if the 5k driver won't work, why should the 9k driver work? But I do appreciate the opinion that wicd won't work if network-manager doesn't, since neither address the probable driver issue. I'm afraid I have no choice but to try, assuming I can get some kind of network manager reloaded so I again have my wired connection.
I am surprised this isn't a more common problem and I was hoping someone else had seen and solved it. HP laptops like mine (DV7-1451nr) are powerful and relatively inexpensive.
Network manager is back up, so I have wired. The GUI did not reinstall, but Synaptic is back to functional, so I can go get it. Having no other options, I'm still going to try wicd, to remove it from consideration if nothing else. Meanwhile, I unfortunately have to go to work. Appreciate your note and hope to return this evening and read something new I can try.
Ping responds as expected. (64 bytes from 127.0.0.1: icmp ...)
I haven't tried wicd yet. This evening, thats my next step, i.e. get wicd then remove nm, then see what happens. At least it will remove it from consideration.
Assuming the problem is the driver ... I've been reading about this and the only options appear to be getting another driver or using the wrapper that enables PC driver use. I can't find an indicator that there is a better driver than ath5k, which is one of the results of the madwifi project, except perhaps ath9k. Likewise I read that using the ndis wrapper means you have to redo it every time you upgrade your system. That just doesn't seem reasonable.
So, the remaining option I have read about is getting another wifi card, from a vendor that supports linux. Question: Do you have a recommendation? (Anybody reading this thread have a suggested card?) I'm rapidly reaching the point where spending $20 on a new card to solve this forever is looking best.