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I have a toshiba Tecra M2, it's an old junky laptop, but good enough for school. I recently by accident formatted off the windows XP partition

but it's all good, I got all the stuff i needed back and have accepted + gotten used to using Ubuntu. However I have a small issue. Apparently all tecra M2's have some integrated Intel Wifi card built in, but ubuntu doesn't support it. Thus i have no wifi, but auto eth0 works (posting from the tecra)

Are there any usb wifi adapters that are supported by ubuntu? something small and cheap? I've spent quite a bit of time on the internet looking with no avail
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idk It looks kind of sketchy but I would buy one, its worth a shot.
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Intel should be supported natively. If not, run lspci and tell us the exact model. It's always good to get stock stuff working if possible. I know when I did my arch install, there were a crapload of intel wifi drivers from the base so one of them should cover it. Just because it isn't in their repos doesn't mean you can't compile your own drivers.

If you don't want to go that route, I use a RaLink rt2501 usb and it works fine. It's supported by the RT73 driver and the linux-firmware native drivers. I did have some issues in 10.10 with it though.
    
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Intel should be supported natively. If not, run lspci and tell us the exact model. It's always good to get stock stuff working if possible. I know when I did my arch install, there were a crapload of intel wifi drivers from the base so one of them should cover it. Just because it isn't in their repos doesn't mean you can't compile your own drivers.

If you don't want to go that route, I use a RaLink rt2501 usb and it works fine. It's supported by the RT73 driver and the linux-firmware native drivers. I did have some issues in 10.10 with it though.
sorry for pestering you, but can you shoot me the code of what I should run?

...I'm very new to ubuntu, I started using it on Thursday in an attempt to break free of the virus ring that is sweeping my school like wildfire
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People who want to learn never pester me so don't apologize.

First thing you want to do is just double check jockey. Jockey handles scanning your computer for supported devices. I believe it is in System>Administration>Hardware. That will do a quick scan.

If that doesn't work, open a terminal with Applications>Accessories>Terminal and type in:

Code:
lspci
That's a lowercase L. Think of it as "List pci devices" One of the lines should list what wifi chipset you have.
    
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If I'm not mistaken that laptop has an Intel 2200BG card. It's natively supported in Linux for sure. My laptop runs the same card, I use it regularly and it runs very well. In fact may very likely have a harder time getting many of the USB options to work as well.

Try:
Code:
sudo modprobe ipw2200
and search your package manager for something with keywords "ipw2200" and "firmware" and install it.
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I ran lspci in terminal

for the wireless i got:
02:05.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI Adapter (rev 04)

I opened up the software center and searched "drivers" just to see what would come up. I think i found something, I took a screen shot, I'll show you have what I have


I'll post back to see how it works out
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Nothing came up in Jockey?
    
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I wouldn't go the ndiswrapper route. That takes windows drivers and uses them in Linux. There has to be linux drivers out there for it.
    
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Wow, didn't know someone built a GUI for ndiswrapper.
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