Wicd and network connection problems
Hi. New user here. Thought I would post my problem here and see if it can be solved by advanced/expert Linux users here.
Turns out I was asked by a friend of the family or family member to try and solve his network problem since I was the one that knew how to fix computers. To be honest, this is actually my first time using a Linux operating system (Ubuntu version 9.10) and I have no clue what I'm doing. However, I am doing my research on Google to see if I can get this problem solved... but so far, I am getting nowhere. I have been able to understand how the system works and stuff... even managed to find the terminal and other things. I am just so used to Windows OS. :/
Okay, here goes. First of all, it was a simple network problem. No connections coming in or out, wired or wireless. It could be just the computer itself not accepting connections, but via Google, I heard wicd can be buggy at times like this. SO... after trying a few workarounds, I couldn't get it started. Then one user mentioned checking the BIOS to see if network adapters had a "soft switch" kind of thing. BIOS required a password to enter and tried a password a couple times... then I got locked out of my own system. "System disabled" or so it told me. Had no choice but to power off the laptop (hoping that nothing would get damaged/corrupted since that was the unproper way to power down). :/
Anyhow, once I got back to the desktop screen, I had a message box saying "Wicd needs to access your computer's network cards." and a password prompt.
Entered password and there is an error message: "Could not connect to wicd's D-Bus interface. Check the wicd log for error messages."
"Error - The wicd daemon has shut down. The UI will not function properly until it is restarted."
I was able to get rid of those error messages by going to the terminal and typing "sudo gedit /etc/wicd/wired-settings.conf" and removing the  brackets at the very end of the file. That's exactly what my wicd.log was trying to tell me. It was a "ConfigParser" error relating to line 40 in that file.
And now I'm back where I started, I guess. Just got no clue what else I can do to make this computer accept connections. In the wicd.log, it is attempting to connect. Quite a bit of "Autoconnecting" messages in there.
Again, this is WICD 1.6.1 with Ubuntu 9.10. I know I can upgrade to the new Ubuntu release 10.04.1 LTS since the Update Manager has everything in there... but I didn't want to upgrade unless I really need to. I mean, this isn't my computer... so if I can somehow solve the connection issue in 9.10 without upgrading, great. If I have no choice, I GUESS we can try upgrading to see if that solves anything.
Also, to add... this is running on a HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop (dv6305us on the service tag).