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I decided I was sick of our old laptop(HP Compaq nc-8000) taking forever and an eon to boot up to XP, so I put ubuntu 10.10 on it. It installed fine, and so far I really like how it has handled everything, I haven't had to install anything yet

BUT the wireless seems to be a little wonky, and takes a few minutes to connect if it connects at all. The laptop has also locked up 4 times in the past half hour.

Anything I can do to fix it? I have Ubuntu 10.04 on a disk too if I need to downgrade.
Edited by biltong - 6/12/11 at 9:05am
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I decided I was sick of our old laptop(HP Compaq nc-8000) taking forever and an eon to boot up to XP, so I put ubuntu 10.10 on it. It installed fine, and so far I really like how it has handled everything, I haven't had to install anything yet

BUT the wireless seems to be a little wonky, and takes a few minutes to connect if it connects at all. The laptop has also locked up 4 times in the past half hour.

Anything I can do to fix it? I have Ubuntu 10.04 on a disk too if I need to downgrade.
10.04 is the LTS edition and it would be better to run that (think they have like 3 year support on LTS editions)

as to your problems idk, give us some more symptoms and we might be able to help
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I've always found the network connection on Ubuntu 'wonky' too. Next time you get online try downloading ceni from the synaptic package manager, and try using this to establish a connection.
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I have always had problems with ubuntu finding the correct laptop wireless drivers. Manually searching usually fixes the problem.
    
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Hmm, some NO LTS ubuntus are complete "wonky" (whatever that means)
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I've always found the network connection on Ubuntu 'wonky' too. Next time you get online try downloading ceni from the synaptic package manager, and try using this to establish a connection.
I couldn't find ceni.

I read earlier about using madwifi (I think that's what it was called) but apparently it depends on the hal framework which was deprecated in release 9 or something similar... so no dice there.

I'll have a look at the logs at a more reasonable hour and see if I can find anything in there, or post them if I'm in over my head XD

Oh and I've locked up 3 times since OP... all of them happened when I opened or closed something or clicked on something, but other than that there is nothing common between them.
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Any non-LTS version of Ubuntu I have always had to use ndiswrapper. The LTS, in this case 10.04, is probably your best bet. If even that does not work, then maybe you'll need to look into trying what I've always had to do. Ndiswrapper, or another Distro.
    
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I couldn't find ceni.

I read earlier about using madwifi (I think that's what it was called) but apparently it depends on the hal framework which was deprecated in release 9 or something similar... so no dice there.

I'll have a look at the logs at a more reasonable hour and see if I can find anything in there, or post them if I'm in over my head XD

Oh and I've locked up 3 times since OP... all of them happened when I opened or closed something or clicked on something, but other than that there is nothing common between them.
madwifi is only for atheros chips and generally only needed if you want to do something crazy like run fakeap to spawn thousands of spoofed wireless access points (in combination with de-auth spam it can be funny)
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Go for "wicd" as a network manager, it's awesome

I'd be worried about the "locking up" you're experiencing - this is Linux after all, complete system crashes aren't tolerable
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Any non-LTS version of Ubuntu I have always had to use ndiswrapper. The LTS, in this case 10.04, is probably your best bet. If even that does not work, then maybe you'll need to look into trying what I've always had to do. Ndiswrapper, or another Distro.
I'll have a look at ndiswrapper - I have seen its name flying around a bit but have no idea what is
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madwifi is only for atheros chips and generally only needed if you want to do something crazy like run fakeap to spawn thousands of spoofed wireless access points (in combination with de-auth spam it can be funny)
Sounds like fun XD

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Go for "wicd" as a network manager, it's awesome

I'd be worried about the "locking up" you're experiencing - this is Linux after all, complete system crashes aren't tolerable
I'm installing wicd as we speak, lol I think I need to google more. I think the lockups are some sort of hardware error by the laptop and not by linux - though they never happened on XP.
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