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Old 07-18-2009, 11:42 PM   #1
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no wireless, and I don't know how to compile my c++ on linux.

I recently installed ubuntu on my Acer laptop model 5050-3371, well after doing so I have lost my wireless connections even the switch in the front stopped working. I also don't know how to compile my c++ programming on linux. Here is what I tried so far sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper, but it still don't work. I have synaptic but there are so many options on there. I also tried g++. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
Old 07-19-2009, 12:22 AM   #2
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what wireless chip-set do you have?

sudo lspci
Old 07-19-2009, 02:27 AM   #3
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why do you need to compile something? in linux, you generally compile with the "make" and "make install" commands, after doing "cd /foo/bar" where /foo/bar is the folder of the source code.

In 9.04, I doubt you should need ndiswrapper. Find a wired internet connection, and in the main menu under "system-->administration" there should be an option for "Hardware drivers" or something like that. Go there, check for new drivers, and download/install what it offers.

Synaptic takes a little getting used to. You need to know what specific package you are trying to install, if you're searching for wireless, you'll probably get thousands of results. (Ubuntu has over 18000 packages, I think). But if you know it's name, it's as simple as searching for it in synaptic, then right-clicking it and choosing install, then clicking apply changes.
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If your question about compiling is completely separate to your question about wireless, you should really post two separate threads.
Old 07-19-2009, 03:55 AM   #5
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to Nylex:
that would be a waste of time. it is against the 'proper rules', but whats done is done!

to migueljc:
if your wireless was working before on linux, and has stopped now, then it may be something you have installed or your wireless adaptor is getting old. over time, wireless adapters get weaker and weaker, but this only happens be the signel dropping, then loosing. not four bars good connection, then nothing.
Old 07-19-2009, 04:32 AM   #6
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I don't think you need to use ndiswrapper with an 802.11b/g Wireless LAN. The ath5k driver should work natively. You don't even need to build it unless you're using an older kernel. As has been explained above, if you want to learn to compile source code that's a separate issue.


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