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    How to find out if my wireless card is linux (ubuntu) compatible

    Hi all,
    I have a sony vaio that i would like to upgrade to ubuntu, the only thing i'm worried about is whether the on-board wireless card will be linux compliant. i would really not like to use another card. the windows device manager calls the device that following "LAN-Express AS IEEE 802.11g miniPCI adapter". I don't really know much about dos commands that could help me identify the device better. The driver provider is called "LAN-Express". If this information is not enough please advise on how to get the right info. thanks in advance.

    My laptop is the model PCG-k195hp

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    I have a suggestion. Its kinda complicated but I would do it this way if I really want to check my machine.

    I would install the Ubuntu by making a small partition somewhere along the HD. Then run it and give the wireless drivers a try if it would connect.

    I'm not sure if you can try it using a live CD though without the insallation part.

    Should you decide to install , gparted is available in ubuntu. You can use it to parition your HD and prepare it for installation.

    Be sure to back up important data first.

    Best wishes!

    EDIT: As you as you are done, I suggest you start another thread for your vaio/ubuntu wireless concerns.
    Last edited by nujinini; 05-18-2010 at 08:13 AM.
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    The easiest way is indeed just to run a live CD and see if the wireless works.

    If it does not work out of the box, for Ubuntu, open a terminal and post the output of
    lshw -C network


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