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I migrated to Ubuntu today. I changed after my last battle with MS. I have less than zero experience with linux based systems. I've spent several hours trying to understand the posts regarding installing wifi drivers for laptops and have made little progress. Some of the answers appear complete but my challenge is understanding what is being said. Some of the .tar files that have wifi drivers have been archived somewhere on my drive but I have no clue where there are and so I can not attempt to install the packages. I have an ACER aspire 5600 which may be able to use the Atheros drivers. If someone could point me in the direction of a simplified Linux resource for someone who has spend 100% of their time in the world of a PC it would be a start to help me figure things out.
As stated the output of the lspci command should provide the wireless chipset. I believe it is an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG not Atheros based. What version of Ubuntu are you running? Look at the output of the lsmod command to see if iwl3945 or ipw3945 modules are being loaded.