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I just installed Ubuntu 9 in an IBM Thinkpad T20 as the single OS and none of my devices (Netgear WPN511 pcmcia wireless adapter in particular) will install. Is there an alternative set of drivers for Ubuntu or Linux? Or am I missing something completely?

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    Donovan Merrill Nov 18, 2009

    I've come to the conclusion that Ubuntu is a great developer tool, but not quite as user friendly for home use. I guess we get spoiled by XP or Vista being able to simply download a program or insert a disc and click on Setup, while Linux based products all seem to need a commant prompt(many need several!). I'll stay with Windows for the time being

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Try 9.10 or higher. Wireless support is much better than Ubuntu 9.04, especially for Netgear.

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Need your version of MS Windows (or are you using Linux or Apple OS?), anyway, assuming
MSWin XP or WinVista or Win7,

start > control panel > add or remove programs > (L-click) Netgear software > (select) "Uninstall"

but if these vanilla instructions have been tried & aren't working, you may need to do a "system
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From the Netgear WPN511 RangeMax reference manual
avail from: ftp://downloads.netgear.com/files/WPN511_UM_03Feb07.pdf

Removing the WPN511 Software

If necessary, you can remove the wireless adapter software in these two ways:
• Navigate the Windows Start menu to the WPN511 Wireless PC Card program group, select the
uninstall option, and follow the screen prompts.
• Navigate the Windows Start menu to the Control Panel Add or Remove Program item, select
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If your system is acting unreliable and/underperforming in other ways, suspect a virus/worm/trojan
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the T42 does not have WiFi, instead it facilitates internet connection via 16 BIT & 32 Bit PCMCIA slot to install a WiFi card , in order to go on the internet.

The ThinkPad uses the following adapters: v 360, 365X, 380, 600: 16-Bit PCMCIA v T20, T22, T23: 32-Bit CardBus and MiniPCI v T23: 32-Bit CardBus and MiniPCI Daughter Card v T30: 32-Bit CardBus and LAN on Planar Board (LOB) v T4x: 32-Bit CardBus and LAN on Planar Board (LOB). 16- and 32-Bit PC Card adapters are configured during ThinkPad initialization. Network Interface Controller data rates are: v For Token Ring: 4/16 MBps v For Ethernet: 10 Mbps...........16 bit PCMCIA 10/100 Mbps.......32 bit CardBus 10/100 Mbps.......MiniPCI and Daughter Card 10/100 Mbps.......T3x and T40 LOB 10/100/1000 Mbps..T42 LOB The MiniPCI Ethernet adapter is accessed behind a removable plate located on the bottom of the ThinkPad directly above the Model/Type S/N sticker. For T20 and T22, the MiniPCI adapter may be an Ethernet/Modem combination card. The Daughter Card (T23) is secured with two screws and is located next to the MiniPCI modem adapter.
please go to this link to read the manual -- it will explain the features for this ThinkPad of various series T42 model-type .

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=isg2ffa39ae31a2f590e85256ced00828893&aid=1

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Both pcmcia slots on side were functioning - now they do not detect 2-port usb card bus adapter/ computer does not detect anything. Have been in BIOS, regedit, device manager (nothing shown in device...


Most likely the motherboard is dying slowly. Usually when devices start dropping off this is the reason. If it isn't in device manager, then it's usually because the motherboard isn't recognizing it as being plugged in. So unless the device is broken, you are most likely looking at replacing your machine. The one way that is quick to figure this out is to download a copy of Ubuntu Linux for free, burn it to a disc, and start your computer with the disc in. Choose the option to try Ubuntu without installing. Once it has you to the desktop plug in your device and see if you can use it. If you can then it is a Windows issue, if you can't, most likely the motherboard is dying. Let me know if this helped.

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NETGEAR does not offer any offcial drivers for the adapter to work on Ubuntu as they dont support Linux OS. However, you may try third party drivers to install the adapter on Ubuntu. Try the below link:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Device/NetgearWG111

Hope this helps.

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You have two choices for a wireless connection, a PCMCIA card or a USB device.
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Their instructions make them easy to install and setup.
Let me know if you have problems.

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Netgear wpn511 computer not detecting


Netgear wpn511 computer not detecting
mccree08 on Nov 26, 2008
i have an acer aspire 5315 notebook 3 months old i purchased a netgear wpn 511 rangemax wireless card to help with my signal.the software installed fine but when i look in the device drivers i dont see the card as if the computer isnt recognizing it. there are also no lights on the card when plugged in. is my express card slot not working?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009 09:55
Hello mccree08,

The installed network adapters can be viewed in the windows device manager which can be accessed through the windows control panel as follows:

•Opening the Control Panel
The Windows Control Panel can be opened by:
Selecting Start > Control Panel (on Windows Vista)
- OR -
Start > Run > Type 'Control' and select OK (on Windows XP)

•In the Control Panel, Select Device Manager

•In Device Manager, Select 'Network Adapters'

The netgear wpn 511 adapter will appear there if it is correctly installed.

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Also , not all IBM T20/T21 laptops shipped with a ethernet card fitted.
some had a modem only card. some a combined modem/ethernet card.

if the tiny LEDs light when plugged into a known active network connection then the card is present.
if they dont light up then it probably isnt present.

to check for the card..remove the panel secured by a single screw (just above center of the base)
the panel is in the top right quadrant of the bottom of the PC if you look at the bottom with the power connector at the top and the battery at the bottom.

remove the screw. open the panel.
there may or may not be a card present.
if there is if there is only a single white connector (with 2 small wires) then it is the Modem only card.
if there are 2 connectors one with 2 wires and another bigger with 8 wires..then you have the network card. check the connectors a fully pushed home.
its fiddly good luck

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