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Old 04-13-2014, 04:26 PM   #1
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Will my wireless adapter work with ubuntu?


I am new to Linux and have many questions before I go ahead and install the O.S. As a Windows user for many years I am concerned that the discs I have for my hardware may not work. mainly my Belkin wireless G+MIMO USB adapter. Any experienced Linux users help and advice would be most helpful as without the network adapter I can not connect to the internet.
 
Old 04-13-2014, 04:48 PM   #2
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Open a terminal
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sudo echo uname: && uname -a -m -p && echo lspci: && lspci -knn && echo lsusb: && lsusb && echo lsusb -t: && lsusb -t && echo lsmod: && lsmod && echo ifconfig: && ifconfig && echo ifconfig -a: && ifconfig -a && echo iwconfig: && iwconfig && echo resolv.conf: && cat /etc/resolv.conf && echo route: && route -n && echo ip link show: && ip link show  && echo inxi -Fxz: && inxi -Fxz
Copy and paste the above command into terminal.
Type in your password, nothing will show.
Hit enter/return key on keyboard.

A lot of info will be spit out by terminal

Left click and highlight text in terminal.
Right click and paste in between code tags <# mark on advanced reply box. Advanced reply button under quick reply window on this forum>

The more info supplied. The better this forum can help you.
 
Old 04-13-2014, 05:32 PM   #3
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If you list the hardware you have chances are people will be able to let you know whether it is likely to work with Linux or not. The discs provided with hardware are almost always useless for Linux.
Wireless cards are troublesome because manufacturers have a bad habit of changing chipsets within a run of the same model number so just looking for the model number may not help. That said it's worth posting the model of your wireless or just googling "modelnumber linux".
 
Old 04-13-2014, 05:41 PM   #4
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As a note I left out. The

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Belkin wireless G+MIMO USB adapter.
Needs to be plugged in before booting any live iso (cd,dvd,usb) to get all the info needed.
 
Old 04-13-2014, 05:42 PM   #5
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

Your correct windows drivers will not work with linux.

Have you decided on a distribution to install? Post the model number for your USB wireless adapter. It would be nice to verify the chipset via the commands above but if you have not installed anything yet it will not help.

The most likely chipset driver is available and you should not have to install anything extra.

You can try live versions to check out linux.
 
Old 04-13-2014, 11:23 PM   #6
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Try burning a copy of Mint from here, http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08226

Insert your wireless Belkin USB in the slot, set your computer BIOS to run from CD/DVD first and hard drive second, then with the disc in the drive bay, boot the computer and let it run until the Live system is ready. Don't worry it won't put anything on the hard drive nor mess with any other system you already have installed.

In the panel near the top you should see an icon that looks like two monitors, left click on it and see if the Belkin has found your wifi. If so then enter the password as usual.
 
  


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