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Old 03-04-2013, 01:36 AM   #1
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Getting Ubuntu Connected to Web on Old Computer

Hello all! I have finally installed Linux. I have dual booted from my laptop before using PuppyLinux, BackTrack 5, and Ubuntu, but today I decided to install Ubuntu on an old desktop.

However, this led to some problems that I have spent quite some time troubleshooting. I cannot connect to the internet using Ubuntu on this old Compaq Presario. I believe the problem is that I do not have the correct drivers for the 2wire Intersil Isl3880 USB Wireless adapter. I have tried to get the drivers by transferring them from a download on my thumbdrive. This did not work. I have tried using this "sudo apt-get install wireless-tools" in the terminal. It says everything is up to date. I then try this "aptitude install wireless-tools". The terminal tells me that the 'aptitude' is not found. I did research online, and I read that in order to find the aptitude package I have to do an update. However, to do this update I must be connected to the internet which is the whole problem in the first place. Please help!
Old 03-04-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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can you post the results of these commands:
echo uname: && uname -a -m -p && echo lspci: && lspci && echo lsusb: && lsusb && 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
this will help diagnose what hardware your pc has or hasnt identified.


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