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hmm. Ubuntu installed

no internet
screen resolution dodgy - it's a widescreen laptop and the text is very blurry - changed to 1024x768 and it's better but text is huuuuge

no internet.

This was always my problem with linux in the past, getting the damn thing online.
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stimpy_lfs From: stimpy_lfs Date: February 2nd, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC) (linky)
I tried Linux once - it was truly dreadful. I was open minded about it - I wanted to like it, but it was complete shite - just getting it to play a DVD required me to write command line stuff. No doubt some geeks might have gubbed their own pants at such ridiculousness - I just ended up hating it afyer about 3 or 4 hours. I ordered an OEM copy of Vista Ultimate with SP1 - far, far less faffy to use :)

Edited at 2009-02-02 10:55 pm (UTC)
dakegra From: dakegra Date: February 2nd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC) (linky)
I've tried various flavours over the years and really really wanted to like it.

No internet was the killer for me, and I consider myself reasonably techie.

The only way I've got this far is to have two laptops, side-by-side, one running XP (relatively easy, it all just works) looking up reasons why the ubuntu box wasn't.
nalsa From: nalsa Date: February 3rd, 2009 08:41 am (UTC) (linky)
Ah, you're just not trying hard enough :)

(eta: well, obviously you are, because the lappy is online now.)

Edited at 2009-02-03 08:42 am (UTC)
dakegra From: dakegra Date: February 3rd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC) (linky)
lol. I tried jolly hard!

the graphics thing is annoying me - I've got the proper linux drivers from nvidia, and the instructions just said

type 'sh NVIDIA[gubbins]'

worked out I needed a terminal open, and eventually worked out I actually needed 'sudo sh NVIDIA[gubbins]', but it fell over every damn time muttering something about being unable to build a kernel.
nalsa From: nalsa Date: February 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC) (linky)
Ah. You need to install kernel-sources (or kernel-devel, I forget which), and when you re-run the nivida[gubbins] script it'll ask to download the modules, and so on.
suslikesturtles From: suslikesturtles Date: February 3rd, 2009 11:14 am (UTC) (linky)
Do you know, that surprises me? When I first installed Gutsy, all I needed to do was plug in the ethernet cable, and presto! I was online.

2 weeks ago I installed Hardy on the schleptop, plugged in ethernet cable, boom! I'm online.

What ISP are you using? And are you trying to connect to wired or wireless?
dakegra From: dakegra Date: February 3rd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (linky)
wireless, which I suspect is my problem. Tried it on my old PC with internal PCI wireless doohicky, no joy. Tried it on laptop, no joy.

The only way I got it working this time was to get two computers next to each other -one running windows with access to the 'net so I could type in whatever error message I was getting at the time!
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