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So I just made the switch, from ubuntu to windows, on a really old 1300mhz computer. I have to say, it runs much faster.
However, I recently discovered that I can't install the driver for my wireless adapter. Ubuntu shows the network that is in the house, but it just won't connect to it. This leads me to believe that perhaps there is a wireless adapter already in the computer.
You don't need a driver for a router, you just need the driver for the wireless device you are using to connect to the router. You then say "This leads me to believe that perhaps there is a wireless adapter already in the computer", but right in the topic title you are giving us the model and revision number of the device...
In any event, if you can see the network's SSID, then the device is working properly and the drivers are installed for it. The problem now must be some configuration required to connect to the network. What is the specific problem you have when you attempt to connect to the router?
Sorry, I frequently mix router and adapter.
The reason I said there might be an adapter in the computer is because this adapter is external, it isn't a card.
When I click on the wireless network, the very first time I started ubuntu, It displayed the attempting to connect icon, and it stayed like that for about 2 minutes, then returned, without an error message, to the 'no connections' icon. Ever since then, it shows the network, but when I click on it, nothing happens, it doesn't try to connect.
Ok, it is connected to the wireless network, but there still isn't any connection to the internet. I tried following the steps in ubuntu, but there is no 'device manager' program under administration. So I installed ndis-wrapper, and looked for that, but it didn't appear under administration either. Is there any way I can view all the programs on the computer?
It you can connect to the network with the device, then you don't need ndiswrapper. Ndiswrapper is used to get the device working, which yours already is. You would only use ndiswrapper in this case if the normal drivers aren't working properly (which we have yet to determine).
When connected to the router, do you get a IP address from it (if not, have you tried giving the machine a static IP)? Can you ping it? If you get an IP and can ping the router, then it is just a DNS issue. If you can't get an IP or ping, then you either need to do something with the router's security settings (there might be a MAC filter, or it is using WEP/WPA), or there is some problem with the driver itself. I have used the WUSB54G under Linux, so I know the driver should work well enough (though if I recall, it did have some issues occasionally).