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Old 11-19-2012, 07:56 AM   #1
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I once was a unix guru. Way back when. SunOS 3.1 - Solaris. whatever.
I told everybody back then that Bill Gates was a joke and was trapping them, w/ marketing, into a system that had severe limitations and was a security nightmare. Little good that did. I had hoped to get back into "unix" "like" systems for a while but was stuck on the mother ship and still am. Recently, I attempted to take a CG course on line but this old laptops openGL chipset is outdated and wouldn't shade properly.
So I think. So,, the solution was, or I was lead to believe, was to go Linux for the shading capabilities and then turn in homework.
I downloaded some favs to my X drive to make room for ubuntu 12.10. Needless to say, I've given up on the CG course. I'm too far behind now to catch up. My python course is going well tho.
So far, I can't get the wireless to work. Dial up isn't up yet. (I'm transmitting from the mother ship) I haven't got ubuntu to see my network drive. Although, it does seem to think there is a network that it's not connected to.
But I'm getting closer.
My unix is coming back.
I'm still trying! I'm not giving up!
I'm switching -- to decaf.
Old 11-19-2012, 08:01 AM   #2
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I'll figure this out yet. Maybe
Old 11-19-2012, 10:31 AM   #4
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Hey there! Welcome to the forums. I'm new here too.

It sounds like your system isn't aware of the hardware on it. Ubuntu usually does a good job at detecting what drivers are needed but I've ran into problems in the past. The ones you are describing are the most common.

You can try using the lspci command in a terminal to see what peripherals are on the system. The output could be long so if you pipe it into the less program, it will probably be easier to read though. Somewhere in there you should see info on networking hardware. I'd make sure the correct drivers are in there. Heres the command:

lspci | less
As for the graphics, it could be your OpenGL wasn't working because your graphics card was missing the correct drivers too. Its likely your Ubuntu distro was running with the open source drivers. Those are fine except for when you want to actually use the cool features of your graphics hardware. Look for instructions on how to get the right proprietary drivers.
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