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Old 10-10-2009, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question New to Linux. Hi to all. My first question.

Hi all,

Recently got a new computer with an Ubuntu 9.04 partition. Many questions, but this is a first:
"Network Manager" is not on any panel or menu. I need it to access my laptop by wireless. The wireless connection is via a Verizon DSL modem, and works fine in Windows XP. I found "Network Manager" in the File System in the /usr directory, but it will not open saying that I "do not own it". I know I initially logged in as administrator. Once installed, is there any way I can check that and correct it if necessary?

2nd question: I am in Sarasota, Florida. Is there any support group that I can turn to for assistance. This Ubuntu thing is like learning a foreign language - worse than Hebrew.


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Old 10-10-2009, 11:53 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by BillTav View Post
2nd question: I am in Sarasota, Florida. Is there any support group that I can turn to for assistance. This Ubuntu thing is like learning a foreign language - worse than Hebrew.
LQ is here for people to ask for help. There might also be a Linux User Group (LUG) in your area - do some googling to find out.

Also, in future, please use titles that describe the problem you're having. Often, people won't reply to threads that don't have descriptive thread titles.
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first of you need to know some things. your computer your hardware. how open a console or a terminal. and type uname -a and post it then type lspci and post it.
# Right-click on a GNOME panel and select "Add to Panel...".
# From the list presented, select "Network Monitor" and click "Add". A new systray applet will appear. Click "Close".
# Right-click on the applet and select "Properties".
# From the dialog presented, click "Configure". You will be asked for the administrative (root) password.
# A list of network interfaces will be displayed. Select your wireless interface, then click "Properties".
# Tick "Enable this connection" and enter details regarding your wireless network. Click "OK" when finished.
if you do not have any luck then you may have to enable your hardware. How. you really should try to use your hard line while doing this.
System>administration>Hardware Drivers> your hardware
if it is a broadcom wifi. read this it wil explain ubuntu and debian
Old 10-10-2009, 12:26 PM   #5
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About this new language...

Try a tutorial for linux using commands. Windows presents itself as a graphics interface (GUI), but linux has several possible forms to show itself to you, with its most common interface for communication lying below KDE or Gnome or the other desktops.

In addition, using and managing linux will require you at some time to deal with linux commands and to understand the structure of linux. Even qualified answers responding to your problems will require that you speak the linux language.

Have you seen this, if it helps?

It always helps to know what you know and have tried. For the next time you ask, there is this.

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 10-10-2009 at 03:12 PM.
Old 10-10-2009, 12:30 PM   #6
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Answer to your 1st question--
Right click on the panel->add to panel. Then select Notification Area and click add....then
press Alt+F2 from keyboard and key in the words 'nm-applet' without quotes and hit enter....Network Manager should appear in the panel....
Old 10-10-2009, 01:45 PM   #7
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Thanks fellows. The suggestion from ssaha worked. I can see I have a lot to learn - not only about Linux and Ubuntu, but the protocol for this forum

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Hi bill welcome to the forums. I am from Tampa, FL myself so we aren't to far away.

But here is a link that you can research

I would suggest going down to your local bookstore / library and see if you can get a book that has linux information for you when you need it.

I mainly use "The Complete Reference Linux Sixth Edition"

Keep in mind if you own the book it will always be there for you when you need it and learning linux is a pain at the start but as you go along it gets better.
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