Cannot connect to wireless (Ubuntu, Dell Latitude | D610)
The relevant points:
1. I'm a raw linux noob and have only recently started working with computers in a serious way, please speak slowly. (Assuming that I'm as dumb as a rock is probably not a bad idea)
2. I have two machines running Ubuntu 8.10, a home built desktop (no, I didn't build it) and the aforementioned dell laptop.
3. The desktop is connected to the internet via an 8P8C connection which miraculously simply worked after installing Ubuntu with no input from me. It's the computer I am using to communicate with you all now.
4. I tried plugging same said RJ45 cable into the Dell and restarting it to see if it would happily connect to the internet like the desktop did. It didn't. It didn't act at all different than when I started the computer sans hard-line to the router. Don't know if that's relevant to the wireless issue but there it is.
Steps I've taken to resolve this issue:
1. I went to Ubuntu's "Connect to a wireless network" help page and it said to use System > Admin > Network and simply choose your wireless network. Yeah, right. I went System > Admin >........uh.... network??? I see no network.....I see network tools......click.....nope, not what I'm looking for. OK lets try clicking on the network symbol in the tray (two overlapping monitors, right? Just checking.) Click that and I get the following drop down menu:
Wired Network (greyed out)
Auto eth0 (greyed out)
Wireless Networks (greyed out)
Connect to Hidden Wireless Network
Create New Wireless Network
Wireless networks looks promising, but alas, since it is greyed out, no dice. Connect to a Hidden Network? My home network isn't hidden. Create new network? Already have one. With a network name, key, all that jazz. Ever onward.
2. I went to Ubuntu's wireless trouble shooting page where it told me to use:
sudo lshw -C network
What that told me was.....well it told me a lot, most of which I have no idea what it means. The only thing that my retarded self noticed that worried me was the following:
description: Wireless nterface
description: Ethernet interface
The Ubuntu site helpfully says:
"Many wireless network devices can be turned on or off. Check to see if there is a hardware switch, some devices can be switched off from Windows and may need to be turned back on from Windows."
Great, this computer doesn't even have windows on it. Linux or bust baby!!!!! On to the next step.
3. I went to this thread:
and read the directions. I then opened a terminal and used the following commands:
dmesg | grep firmware
What I got was 3 or four pages worth of info which would take hours to transcribe into this thread. If that's what needs to happen then so be it. But I thought I'd come here and ask first.
Summary: Pleeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaase Help Me.