(Yes I'm a total noob) I need a step by step for Ubuntu Wireless Networking

By wormhole
Oct 28, 2006
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  1. I have a hard drive ....sitting in my laptop case.
    I put Ubuntu (Hoary Hedgehog) on it, and every
    application looks fine, but it just won't network.
    It's an old Dell inspiron 3800, and I'm using an
    old Sony Ericsson GC79 nic. I don't even know
    where to start. It was easy enough to install,
    everything: sound, keyboard, monitor...works
    with the exception that even during the install
    networking had to be skipped, and not because
    of the card I'm now using, but because, it seems
    it couldn't find the port (it's an old laptop; uses
    PCI for external sound cards and nics) it was looking
    for an ethernet port, and I didn't know what to tell it.
    I think I'm gonna need the kind of help that'll leave you
    shaking your head about me, but I think that help is
    worth more than my pride right now. Flame me if you
    absolutely must, I'll understand, but please, give me
    a clue so I can finally stop using this Windows drive.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    PCI? Laptop? Sure it's not PCMCIA? I can see from your WiFi card that it's really PCMCIA..

    Apparently you have to use ndiswrapper to get wifi with that thing.
  3. wormhole

    wormhole Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Glad to hear something

    It's a step in the direction towards
    me getting help. You're probably
    right about it being PCMCIA. I don't
    know how to use ndiswrapper
    though. I've got no experience.
    (and I was hoping for more than just the
    wifi; I want the GPRS too).
    I'd dearly appreciate an explanation.
    Is anybody out there using that
    combination? Because that would
    be my most certain path to the
    most specific answer to my problem:
    to befriend someone who had to
    solve the same exact problem I'm facing
    now. I figure that there's just enough people
    on this earth to say that even my exact
    problem can't possibly be unique. I'm sure I
    must be a statistic.
    (I'm imagining, that right now there's someone
    with a dell laptop formatted to ubuntu using
    the GPRS on their T-Mobile card reading this
    very post right now.
    )
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    If you google for ericsson gc79 linux, then you find people running that card in Linux.

    It is very unlikely that you will find anyone willing to spoon-feed information to you though..
  5. wormhole

    wormhole Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    OK, I can try that

    Google is your best friend, true!
    And OK, I might not even want
    to hear every single step.
    But you gotta admit: that image
    is kinda funny(but I suppose, one
    shouldn't ask for a doppelganger)
    (eeeek! it's the anti-me lol)
  6. wormhole

    wormhole Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    You're not gonna believe this...but

    Here's a link to an article written by someone who had, solved,
    and posted the solution to my exact problem in complete
    detail...spoon fed, if you will...Good! I will now get to join the
    many, happy Ubuntu devoted!

    here's the link: http://www.crispian.org/gc79/Instructions
  7. Welcome to the "Ubuntu devoted" !:)
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