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Whenever I try to connect it, it just doesn't work. It says in the network settings that it's not active. When I activate it it changes to active, but I ...
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    Wireless network not working, dell laptop, Ubuntu


    Whenever I try to connect it, it just doesn't work. It says in the network settings that it's not active. When I activate it it changes to active, but I can't surf.

    Thanks.

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    Could you give more details ?

    Which wireless network card is it ?
    Which version of Ubuntu ?
    Which application are you using to connect ? NetworkManager ?
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    This might sound real simple, but try hard booting your modem. I have simular issues with 6.06 everytime I install Ubuntu 6.06 back on my laptop ( i change linux OS's quite often to play) and have to do a hard reboot of the modem, then all is good... If not, post answers posted by above GURU

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    Make sure DHCP is selected and that everything is auto dected. i didn't notice that the first time i installed it was not setup that way for some reason. i could have played around before and set it up wrong though. Also a search on "Configuring /etc/network/interfaces" on Google. It might bring up something helpful.
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    I tried all the suggestions and nothing works. it's the dell built in network card, linksys wireless a+g router. I'm using network settings to manage my connections and the version of ubuntu is dapper drake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ra
    it's the dell built in network card,
    You have yet to mention your wireless card and laptop model.

    Please post the output of :
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    lspci | grep -i network
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    0000:02:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4309 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ra
    0000:02:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4309 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)
    You have to use NDISWRAPPER to make this card work in Ubuntu.

    First disable the BCM43XX driver, which won't work with this card :
    Code:
    echo 'blacklist bcm43xx' | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    Then go on with ndiswrapper.

    First install it :
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    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils
    Then insert your Windows driver :
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -i windows_driver_INF_file
    Verify that it worked :
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -l
    Then configure ndiswrapper :
    Code:
    sudo ndiswrapper -m
    Verify everything went well :
    Code:
    dmesg | tail
    Post back if you want more help.
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    ra@Amun:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -i windows_driver_INF_file
    Installing windows_driver_inf_file
    couldn't copy windows_driver_INF_file at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper line 135.


    That is the error that I am getting when I try to insert the windows driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ra
    ra@Amun:~$ sudo ndiswrapper -i windows_driver_INF_file
    Installing windows_driver_inf_file
    couldn't copy windows_driver_INF_file at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper line 135.
    Did you download the windows driver for your card from Dell's site ? That's the driver you must use with NDISWRAPPER. "windows_driver_INF_file" refers to that.
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