Getting a Dlink Driver to Work
After hearing many things about Kubuntu/Ubuntu,¬† I thought it time to install it and have a go at this platform that I keep hearing about. I do however have one small technical question. I have windows on my computer & have installed ‚ÄúKubuntu‚Äù on a separate hard drive to the main windows system. On the windows system, my pc is connected to the net via a ‚ÄúDLink wireless USB adapter‚Äù which picks up signal from the main modem & my connection is fine. After installing ‚ÄúKubuntu‚Äù & looking around a little on the Kubuntu system, I had noticed I had no internet connection. The icon in the bottom right of the ‚ÄúKubuntu‚Äù screen shows there is no connection. Am I better to connect my pc (running Kubuntu/Ubuntu) with a Ethernet cable directly to the modem instead of the wireless usb adapter?
I am truly hoping that someone can see my problem & maybe offer a solution.
I also have one more question, under the Linux ‚Äì Kubuntu system, I am having no luck running .exe files. I can‚Äôt get a install cd to run. ‚Ä¶ why is this so?
Do I have to connect to the internet to update the Kubuntu/Ubuntu system?
I would like to try the Linux platform as an alternative to windows because I believe we should have the option of more than just Microsoft.
I am wondering however which is better or is there any difference between Kubuntu or Ubuntu?
I sincerely thank you for your time & look forward to hearing from someone soon.
If you can't find out what chipset your wireless adapter has and find a...
If you can't find out what chipset your wireless adapter has and find a ubuntu or kubuntu guide on how to connect it to your router successfully on the ubuntu forums, then yes a wired option should work and is the quickest and most simple solution.
You need to install a program called wine to run .exe files on Linux and it will be available for installation in kubuntu's software installer, which can be found if you explore the k menu on the task bar of the desktop.
I then recommend you read the documentation for wine (Probably from /usr/share/doc/wine/) And have a copy of Win XP or Vista installed somewhere. You may need to "Borrow" Some .dll files from your Windows installation in order to get some programs going on wine.
You do not have to connect to the net to update your system but it helps. You can download a release cd every time a new one comes out, burn it to disc and then use it to update your installed system by booting the computer from it.
Using a net connection to update is usually the easiest and faster method to update normally.
Ubuntu uses gnome as the primary desktop :
kubuntu uses kde as the primary desktop :
The desktop is the only real major difference and they are both two slightly different versions of the same distribution.
Both are derived from debian :
It's your choice whether gnome or kde suits you best, I suggest trying them both.
You may also instead like to download a Mandriva One cd for a real kde experience along with a greater chance that your wireless will work right off the bat.
You can get it here :
Just an addendum to the guide mfillpot posted, the last step which installs...
Just an addendum to the guide mfillpot posted, the last step which installs wicd is probably unnecessary. It suggests the default network manager won't work, but I'm not sure that's true anymore, if it was then. Though you are of course free to replace the default one with wicd, as it's a perfectly good app.
Yes, you do need an internet connection to update Kubuntu, or any distro. Program installation in linux is almost exclusively handled through a package manager, which syncs to an online repository to download and install new programs and update the system.
Last thing, there is a program called WINE, that will allow you to run some (not all) windows programs under linux, but it is generally preferable to use open source alternatives. Many people use WINE to play Windows games.
.exe files are Windows executable files. They will not run on Linux....
.exe files are Windows executable files. They will not run on Linux.
The only difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu is that by default Ubuntu comes with the Gnome Desktop and gnome apps and Kubuntu comes with the K Desktop Environment and KDE apps.
At this point going wired will give you the connection you need....
At this point going wired will give you the connection you need.
You should be able to get the card working with a little research and work. The first thing you need to share for us to help is the actual model number of the card.
In the meantime I found this guide to setting up a DLINK WUA-2340 USB Wireless Adapter in Ubuntu Hardy, hopefully you can use some of this information to start your research.