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NEPAsteeler
03-10-2010, 07:28 PM
I just bought a brand new desktop PC and I'm trying to install a wireless USB network adapter (I have one that goes into the PCI slot, but it doesn't fit). The PC is telling me that it cannot locate any drivers for the USB network adapter. I'm so confused. lol.

Any help anyone can provide on this is very much appreciated!! :drink:

fansince'76
03-10-2010, 07:33 PM
Seems to me the wireless adapter should have come with a CD with the driver on it. If so, you'll need to run that CD to install the driver. If not, you will need to try to find the driver from the manufacturer of the wireless adapter's website.

NEPAsteeler
03-10-2010, 07:39 PM
I installed the CD and it continued to tell me that it couldn't find the drivers. If I can find an ethernet cable that's long enough, I guess I'm just going to have to go with that. I hate not being tech savvy. :doh:

ricardisimo
03-10-2010, 07:43 PM
This (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/getubuntu/download) should resolve most any problem you have with your PC.

NEPAsteeler
03-10-2010, 07:46 PM
The problem is that I cannot get onto the internet with the new desktop. I'm using my laptop at the moment. I found the available drivers on the website, but they're kind of useless to me without being able to connect my desktop to the internet.

MasterOfPuppets
03-10-2010, 07:47 PM
a pci adapter that doesn't fit into the pci slot ? thats odd....sometimes they fit pretty tight.
anyway are you installing the drivers from the cd BEFORE you put the card in ? and DON'T take the cd out when you turn the pc off to install the card... it should install the drivers when you reboot after you install the card.

if it still don't find the drivers after you reboot try
1. right click my computer
2. click hardware
3 device manager
4. network adapters.... click on your card
5 update drivers
6. update from specific location
7 pick your cdrom drive.

MasterOfPuppets
03-10-2010, 07:51 PM
oh and make sure the card/drivers are compatible with the operating system your running...i know the drivers on the cd i have for my pci card don't work with windows 7
if they don't go to the card manufactures website, download the correct drivers to your laptop, burn them to a cd...

SteelCityMom
03-10-2010, 08:08 PM
This (http://www.ubuntulinux.org/getubuntu/download) should resolve most any problem you have with your PC.


:thumbsup: Always great to come across a fellow Linux geek. I understand why some people just aren't comfortable with it though. If it weren't for my fiance, I'd be completely lost with it lol.

Nepa, if you're still having problems after trying what MOP suggested, I'll ask my better half for some advice that may help. I'm pretty clueless myself, but he may know some tricks.

X-Terminator
03-10-2010, 08:16 PM
:thumbsup: Always great to come across a fellow Linux geek. I understand why some people just aren't comfortable with it though. If it weren't for my fiance, I'd be completely lost with it lol.

Linux would be a great OS for general home use if they would make it more user-friendly. Because let's face it, the reason Windows and Mac OSX exist is because the average user wants to turn the computer on and have it work right out of the box. If you try to tell them that they have to find drivers for their hardware, find programs to do daily tasks like email or word processing instead of simply going to the store to buy it, or simply playing a movie file/DVD...or, Heaven forbid, learn how to use a command-line shell interface...well, I think you know where I'm going. Ubuntu is probably the Linux flavor that comes closest to being something the general, non-geek public can get around in.

SteelCityMom
03-10-2010, 08:22 PM
Linux would be a great OS for general home use if they would make it more user-friendly. Because let's face it, the reason Windows and Mac OSX exist is because the average user wants to turn the computer on and have it work right out of the box. If you try to tell them that they have to find drivers for their hardware, find programs to do daily tasks like email or word processing instead of simply going to the store to buy it, or simply playing a movie file/DVD...or, Heaven forbid, learn how to use a command-line shell interface...well, I think you know where I'm going. Ubuntu is probably the Linux flavor that comes closest to being something the general, non-geek public can get around in.

Oh definitely. We use Ubuntu on this laptop and I've managed to figure it out most stuff pretty well. My fiance set everything up from scratch on the PC though, and I would be like a deer in the headlights trying to figure that stuff out. I've always used Windows in the past, and yes it was easier to not have to worry about getting all the programs on the PC and such, but I really like how we got our laptop for factory price and really never have to worry about a virus or bug in the updates.

devilsdancefloor
03-10-2010, 08:45 PM
ok silly question, but i gotta ask it. Is the slot you are putting your PCI card actually a PCIe slot?

NEPAsteeler
03-10-2010, 09:41 PM
ok silly question, but i gotta ask it. Is the slot you are putting your PCI card actually a PCIe slot?

Yes... I have no idea why it won't fit right. I mean it's not 'new new", but it's not that old either. I used it on my old computer.

NEPAsteeler
03-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Got everything up and working.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! :thumbsup: :applaudit:

ricardisimo
03-11-2010, 10:23 PM
Oh definitely. We use Ubuntu on this laptop and I've managed to figure it out most stuff pretty well. My fiance set everything up from scratch on the PC though, and I would be like a deer in the headlights trying to figure that stuff out. I've always used Windows in the past, and yes it was easier to not have to worry about getting all the programs on the PC and such, but I really like how we got our laptop for factory price and really never have to worry about a virus or bug in the updates.

I would have agreed with you guys back in 2006, when I first started using Linux... lots of false starts back then, when I hadn't a clue why my mp3s and DVDs wouldn't play, etc. But these latest versions of (specifically) Ubuntu are about as out-of-the-box friendly as they can legally be. I think all of the proprietary codecs and drivers and such are one-click addons now.

I'm really impressed with how far it's come in so little time. I'm also kind of glad that it wasn't so easy for me, so that I was forced to figure out what the hell I was doing. It's served me well, I'd say. It's nice to know I'm not the only Ubuntista here.

pepsyman1
03-12-2010, 12:52 AM
I have a great suggestion that will remove all your issues of drivers and ease of use... Get a Mac! :)

Hammer67
03-12-2010, 07:27 AM
Linux would be a great OS for general home use if they would make it more user-friendly. Because let's face it, the reason Windows and Mac OSX exist is because the average user wants to turn the computer on and have it work right out of the box. If you try to tell them that they have to find drivers for their hardware, find programs to do daily tasks like email or word processing instead of simply going to the store to buy it, or simply playing a movie file/DVD...or, Heaven forbid, learn how to use a command-line shell interface...well, I think you know where I'm going. Ubuntu is probably the Linux flavor that comes closest to being something the general, non-geek public can get around in.

This ^^

I like Linux, but the hassle of learning a new OS for some people far outweigh any perceived benefits...