My Linux Laptop

I’ve had a old laptop (if you can call it that: it’s weight ~ 15lbs) just sitting around for quite some time. The battery (Not a Sony battery or Dell laptop) died and it now has to be tethered to the wall, since I’m too lazy to look for a replacement battery on eBay. I’ve played around with Kubuntu on a virtual machine for a few months so I got it in my head to install it on my laptop.

The adventure began about a week ago. I burnt the latest ISO I had of Kubuntu (6.1) popped it into the drive, after pulling what few files I did have on there off, played around in Live mode before installing to make sure that most of major stuff worked (keyboard, trackpad). I neglected during that entire time to open Firefox to determine if I had a wireless connection. After I finished installing only then did I discover that I had no connection. After fiddling for about 30 minutes, I hopped on the Ubuntu forums and soon discovered the problem lie with my PCMCIA Belkin 54G card. After reading a few posts it seems that the problem lie with the fact that no suitable Linux driver can be made for the card and that you must use a NDIS wrapper to fool Linux into using the windows driver. It was late and I really didn’t care to pursue the problem any more. I feel now that I can not contain my curiosity and must try to fix this problem. Just a little quirk of mine I hate to see things unfinished.

About Jeremy Clark

Small town IT worker with interests in all things technological and technical. Biggest interests are in web development especially the WordPress publishing platform and the community supporting it. Currently developing and maintain the free WordPress theme Techozoic. I'm also always available for hire.
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