I currently have a Gateway T1620 and im trying to install Ubuntu Linux on it. Everything is fine except I cant get the Wi-Fi adapter to work with it. The built in adapter is a Realtek RTL8187B. I've tried installing it with the NDIS Wrapper program, maybe im doing something wrong. please help.
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Re: Wi-Fi for Linux
Go to the Ubuntu forum, here you should be able to find codes to set up the Wi-Fi properly, as a linux user you wiil be aware that you will have to use source code to to get the wireless up and running and is not as simple as windows .exe files
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Ubuntu linux will work with just about any device you have. The best way you can check to make sure that the camera and sound system work for sure is to burn Ubuntu to a CD, and when you boot from the CD you will have the option to run Ubuntu from the disc instead of installing it from the disc. This will allow you to try it before you do a full-blown install. Make sure you can connect to the internet though when you do this, so that if you need additional drivers to make the camera or sound system work you can download them.
no you cannot replace the built-in wi-fi card...
if you try to change the drivers for atheros wi-fi to Broadcam driver, your wi-fi card will not function anymore.... but you can always install another WI-FI card in your laptop... you can buy a USB Adapter or a Cardbus(PCMCIA) adapter for this purpose...if you want your wi-fi signal strenth and range to be higher, you can opt to buy an adapter which comes under N standard....N standard wi-fi adapters are capable of connecting at a speed of more than 300mbps(practically) to any N standard device like router....
I had the same problem on my Acer Aspire 5920G, I have Intel wi-fi tho. Kernel update fixed it, but be careful when updating kernels. The network part of it can be updated separately. Check ubuntu forums about how to update kernel.
First make sure that wi fi switch of your laptop is turn on. Then check that wi fi netowkr adapter driver is installed perfect and enable. Go to device manager and enable wi fi adapter. For check device manager right click on my computer icon then click on property then hardware ->device manager. Then you see all driver list. Then enable wi fi . Also right click on my computer places icon then go to proeprty then you can see your network adapter right click on wi fi adapter then click on "view available wi fi networks." then connect your wi fi . Let me know if you need more assistance.Thanks.
Check if the wi-fi card is properly installed under Device Manager. Go to Start then look for Control Panel on the right pane. Under Control Panel look for System and Maintenance and then click on Device Manager. Now under Device Manager look for Network Adapters and collapse or click the arrow next to it. Check if your wi-fi adapter is installed(10/100 or 10/1000 is your LAN adapter, wi-fi adapters usually indicates something like 802.11x(could be agn or g or b) or the word "wireless". If you don't see anything I mentioned above that means your computer is unable to detect any wi-fi adapters installed. Know if you found a wi-fi adapter but there is a yellow exclamation or question mark, all you have to do is re-install the drivers for your wi-fi adapter(you can download the drivers on the Compaq website for free.)
Check if the wi-fi is disabled or stopped, if you have a bulit in wi-fi adapter on your laptop they have a wi-fi switch on the side or near the function keys(F1, F2, F3 up to F12). Wi-fi button/switch will have a logo or marking of an antenna that has waves coming out of it and there is a LED light that will indicate if its on or off(for Comapaq laptops it's either a blue button at the front, near the function keys or at the front panel on the buttom edge.
If both fails then you may need to contact Compaq for further assistance.
Hope this will help you fixin the wi-fi problems on your laptop.
The drivers for Windows can be used if no specific Linux drivers exist. There's a program within Linux called NDisWrapper which is designed to use the drivers provided for Windows XP in Linux. Refer to your particular distribution of Linux for the details on how to set up NDisWrapper from within your distribution (I've only done it in Ubuntu so have no experience of other distros)