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Hi all!

I just got one of my HDs back from RMA, and i've installed the latest version of Ubuntu on it!

However, I have the misfortune that I cannot find the mystical "Network Manager" program. I am unable to connect to the internet through my Encore ENLWI-N Wireless PCI adapter. I followed some instructions and went through the terminal to find that it DOES detect it, but it doesnt show up in the "Network Connections" thing.

I probobly need some packages

Also, My Nvidia 8800GTS 512 Needs drivers, Im assuming thats what the /nvidiadevice is in my hardware manager...Thing....

Im a total noob at this Ubuntu thing,

damnit, Latty, I know your somewhere.

Impart wisdom,

Now!

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post #2 of 13
Ewww. I have Ubuntu Heardy Harron version, spelling is terrible I know. I have it on a laptop at work for coding in Perl. You'll probably have to look around the internet for the nVidia drivers. As for the wireless, you might have to find the drivers for it on another computer and import them with a flash drive or something. My wireless works fine, but then again I am on a laptop...

Ubuntu is great... once it gets to working

Also, is your signal strong enough?
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Signal strength is fine.

If it can detect it...Does that mean the driver is installed?

Because the only other devices that are listed are my "Ethernet", and a "Modem" (I dont have a damn modem!)
    
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C'mon, someone give me a magic-answer.

Ugh!
    
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post #5 of 13
i usually hook up a fresh ubuntu install on the wire first, then let it download updates and restricted drivers for your wireless card. that worked fine for my linksys card.
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Yeah, your GPU drivers are "restricted" drivers. Ubuntu will download and install them automatically if you want. That or you can use Envy.

As with the previous poster, I recommend hooking it up to the wire, that way you can download all the updates now and then switch to wireless. What's the output for iwconfig?
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post #7 of 13
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Shucks...

Looks like I'll have to haul this thing to my friends house.

Im currently pirating some WiFi.

    
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Errr...If I download a driver for "Linux", can I still apply it to Ubuntu?
    
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post #9 of 13
Linux is the kernel, Ubuntu is an operating system based on the Linux kernel. So yes, it must work if it sais the driver is for "Linux". Usually you have to compile it, or it is binary (no distribution-specific like .deb, or .rpm).
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post #10 of 13
A good place to ask any kind of driver questions would be www.ubuntuforums.org

The people over there are prompt and extremely helpful.

In my experience though, Linux is a huge pain with wireless. I just installed 8.04 on my sig rig and I haven't had to install a single driver yet. Everything worked perfect right away. (Even file sharing with my brothers Windows box.)
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