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Old 05-11-2005, 07:06 AM   #1
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Question Help installing netgear wireless adapter on Kubuntu P3



I recently got a wireless adapter to use on my Pentium 3 computer. The wireless adapter is a Netgear WG113 (or something like that) 54mbps wireless adapter PCI. I am using Kubuntu Linux 5.04 (KDE)

First of all, Yes, the computer with the internet connection does have a wireless router. And it s the correct one.
Anyway, In windows, the driver doesn't even work, but in linux, When I open the wireless part in the Control Centre, Everything is disabled, so I click Administrator mode. It asks for the password. I enter my password and it just takes me to the home screen. (Welcome to Control Centre, Username: blah, Disto: blah CPU: blah, blah blah, etc) This happens no matter what password I use.

The wireless card DOES work, I have tested it on my computer with the internet connection.



Please, if you know what to do, could you please email me on wuzziewozzle@gmail.com and make sure you take very step very carefully. I don't even know how to install stuff. I am a complete n00b
 
Old 05-11-2005, 01:41 PM   #2
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ummmmm.......pardon??
have you tried logging in as root doing what ever you wanted to do?
i'm not too sure about your card but MOST wireless cards need to use ndiswrapper, which basically
creates a kernel driver using the proper win driver. did you do any of that?
if not, you're going to have to find the name of your card or better yet, the chipset used in your card.
 
Old 05-12-2005, 02:11 AM   #3
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I don't know the root password, And it isn't the one for my account (the one made durning the installation)

I don't know how to install software on linux. It seems that ndiswrapper doesn't have a propper installer and it just a compressed folder with everything in it. I can;t seem to find the main file to run anyway.

My computer with linux doesn't have an internet connection either. If that helps.


If I knew how to install ndiswrapper and where to install it, I would probably have my wireless network and internet on my computer...
 
Old 05-12-2005, 12:28 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Wuzzie
I don't know the root password, And it isn't the one for my account (the one made durning the installation)
have you forgotten the root/admin password? when you installed it, it should have asked for a password for the root/admin account and the a little later you should have been asked to create at least one std user account, which is what you're logged in as now. you're going to need to remember the admin password
before you continue with anything else.

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I don't know how to install software on linux. It seems that ndiswrapper doesn't have a propper installer and it just a compressed folder with everything in it. I can;t seem to find the main file to run anyway.
that's because it's the source code. you need to extract everything and compile it, which is ALOT easier than it sounds! only 3 commands max. "./compile && make && make install", that's it. but you must have the admin password for the make install bit, 'cos it'll install files in directories that std users don't have access to.

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Old 05-13-2005, 02:23 AM   #5
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These commands, I just open terminal and enter them all?


Also, is this the same with most other programs?
 
Old 05-13-2005, 06:04 AM   #6
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I have just had a go at getting into root. Unfortunatley, it is not the same as my password, and I dont remember getting asked for it, and if I did, I would just put my normal one.

When I install Kubuntu, is the default password kubuntu or something and I have to change it manually?


edit:

I have reset the root password, and enabled the account, but when I log in as root it says "root logins are not alowed"
how the am I meant to install stuff?

Last edited by Wuzzie; 05-13-2005 at 06:36 AM.
 
Old 05-13-2005, 02:04 PM   #7
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if i'm not mistaken, ubuntu is based on the debian distro, which has some sort of package manager to install ready compiled programs. unfortunately i don't use debian or ubuntu so i'm not too sure what it's called... apt get sounds familiar?

*edit*
it's called synaptic
http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/SynapticHowto
looks quite easy to use.

Last edited by 0pal_t0ad; 05-13-2005 at 02:06 PM.
 
Old 05-13-2005, 04:17 PM   #8
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Ubuntu is *weird* among Linux distributions in that the root account is *NOT* enabled by default. They maintain that it's safer to force users to use `sudo` for system maintenance tasks. That's a fair point, but it's a major pain IMHO.

You can find instructions on how to enable the root account in the Unoffical Ubuntu Guide.

After you've done that, read the documentation in the ndiswrapper directory. It's actually very straightforward to follow. If you do get lost, see the Ubuntu How-To.
 
  


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