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I know this has been answered, but I am frustrated. I will not go into the saga of my series of system issues. The result is I have had to go backwards - not sure which version/install of Ubuntu I am using now.
History: I had the drivers installed in Kubuntu, I had to reinstall them often, but it worked. So I know the drivers work. But as usual Kubuntu doesn't. In Kubuntu there was some GUI that let me point and click to install the drivers.
Current: I see the wireless device, in detail, in the device manager. I have the drivers in a folder. Someone just tell me how to install via terminal? Step by step?
Sorry for this lame post and whining tone. I truly appreciate your response.
Can you slow down, take a deep breath and start again. I read and reread your post. I don't really know what your problem is. You talk about drivers. Which drivers? There are many many drivers. Drivers for what? Drivers do a multitude of different tasks. So what exactly is not working to your satisfaction. Give as many details as possible concerning the nature of your problem. I'm sure a solution will then be forthcoming.
If you are referring to problems with your wireless connection, what makes you think it's a driver issue rather than, say, a configuration issue. Can you post the output of the terminal commands
You would not go to your doctor's office and complain, "my bone hurts". Got it?
Simply, I do not know how to manually install the drivers for the wireless card in my PC - without the GUI I had used before.
You are right, it may not be the drivers. I had to install the drivers manually before, so I assumed that once I switched OS versions (and back to a previous install), I would have to install the wireless card drivers again.
I have to type the info to you manually. I cannot get online from that PC in question. I will post the output requested.
ifconfig - looks okay. It is long and complex so I will give you the iwconfig first...
lo no wireless extensions
eth0 no wireless extensions
I'm still not getting a feeling for your problem. It would help if you post the output of the ifconfig command. You can copy and paste the output from your terminal. Be sure to surround the output with the code ... /code tags (they are inside of  brackets). It should look like this:
I will burn a brain cell and figure out how to get the output to here. I am not able to get online with the Linux box in question, no network connection, so no "cut and paste" ability. If I could upload a photo of the screen that would work.
I would like to first install the wireless card drivers with the terminal...is that possible?
no network connection, so no "cut and paste" ability.
??? So you can't copy the output to a file on the ailing machine and then copy that file onto a usb stick and then plug the usb stick into a machine connected to the network? I don't think not having a network connection has an impact on whether or not you can copy and paste.
which is equivalent to the lspci ouput. A quick google for this device is not encouraging. I can find no references to it in the "usual" places (but there do appear to be driver downloads directly from zydas).
There are kernel modules (zd1201.ko, zd1211.ko etc). In Debian the firmware is in the zd1211-firmware package (non-free). Not sure what the deal is ubuntu.
My system is an old eMachine, desktop. We have had a couple, I need to see what it is. Sorry, I am distracted and lazy.
This is what I do not understand...
1.) I have had all of the same hardware working fine, last month.
- I was using Kubuntu
- I did have to occasionally re-install the drivers for the wireless card, but it worked fine.
- I was online, wireless.
- I used some interface that I directed to a folder, click, drivers installed.
2.) I switched the OS back to a previous install, this month.
- I need to install the same drivers, into the same hardware set up.
Did I ruin/change something when I switched to an earlier install?