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.