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Old 03-13-2008, 12:49 PM   #1
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Linux First Timer - Ubunto 7.10 - Several Issues

I posted some of these issues in the Installations forum but maybe I need to start here and get the info as an absolute beginner. I have no Linux or Unix experience. I've used Windows most of my life. As far as Linux goes, I am an absolute beginner.

I want to give Linux a try for various reasons. I recently installed Ubuntu 7.10 on an Acer Travelmate 2300, 1.5 GHZ Celeron and 512 MB ram. It was running XP but I erased everything and did a new install. Ubuntu is the only OS on the laptop now.

There are two main problems that I am trying to address right now.

- Wireless does not work. I get Internet when I plug into a cable. But my router is in an inconvenient corner of my basement. I pretty much run a wireless network. So without wireless this laptop is not online. I've been doing my troubleshooting by downloading files to another computer and then transfer them to the Ubuntu machine.

- I can not get anything more than a basic graphics setup. I know my graphics card is capable of much better graphics than what I am able to get right now.

- I also will need to address printing. But I know that printing to my Lexmark laser printer through my wireless network will be difficult to accomplish in Linux. I haven't started to play with this yet.

The wireless is my main focus right now. I believe troubleshooting the other issues will be much easier once this machine has an active Internet connection.

So... here is where I stand with my issues at this point.

1) In trying to get my wireless to work one of the first things I did was go through the Ubuntu wireless troubleshooting document. The first step is, Check for device recognition: Open Device Manager (System → Administration → Device Manager). I try to do that but I do not see Device Manager listed on my menu. Is there some reason why I would not have Device Manager? Is this an indication that I had a problem during installation? Do I need to do something to manually install Device Manager?

2) I tried initially to set up a Windows driver using the Windows Wireless Driver gui. Whatever I did din't work and now the Windows Wireless Driver gui no longer opens. When I click on Windows Wireless Drivers the password window comes up, I type in my password, then the Windows Wireless Drivers window starts to open but then immediately closes. I am unable to get it to stay open at all. I know you can accomplish the same tasks through the command line but it would be nice to get this to work again. After my install I initially did not have the Windows Wireless Driver gui. I had to manually install ndisgtk and that worked. I tried to reinstall that package now and I still have the same problem with the gui.

3) The driver that I installed is the driver for the INP2220, which is correct for my card. Following someone's instructions I typed "sudo ndiswrapper -i neti2220.inf" to manually install and I got a message stating that driver was already installed.

4) Regarding my video, I tried a couple times to manually set my display settings and ended up messing up my display to the point where it wasn't readable. It took me a while to figure out how to get it back to normal. I read a few places stating that Envy works so I tried to install that. When I try to install Envy I get a message stating "Dependency is not satisfiable: debhelper". So I try installing debhelper and I get a message saying "Dependency is not satisfiable: dpkg-dev" But dpkg-dev is already installed. Not sure where else to go with this.

I know this is a long post but I am stuck and I just don't know where else to go with this. I feel like I'm getting close but at this point I am clueless as to what I should do next.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Old 03-13-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
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About Wireless and Graphics

How do you know wireless does not work? That is what are you looking at that says you do not have a connection? What does the output of ifconfig say? Is the Network Manager applet running? It's usually on the top toolbar at the upper right.

I eventually dropped using my Acer Travelmate 630's built-in wireless card and went with a Cardbus Linksys card and an as-installed /etc/network/interfaces file. I could get connectivity with the built-in wireless card, but it was problematic.

As to graphics, did you see a warning indicating you were running in low graphics mode upon logging in? Check System --> Administration --> Restricted Drivers Manager to see if there's a driver you can load. Please remember that if you are the person who installed Ubuntu and you are prompted for an admin password, use yours, because you're considered root.

Last edited by cmnorton; 03-13-2008 at 03:17 PM. Reason: More info.


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