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I am new to linux world. I am using Ubuntu 10.4 I am using GATEWAY ACER NE56R laptop. And i cannot connect my laptop to internet wirelessly. Couldn't find any trail for a wireless connection either. Can someone please help!!

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The best driver for the NE56R is brcmsmac. Whatever you do, do not download bcmwl-kernel-source! brcmsmac is made into the kernel, so it should work on a fresh install if the installer didn't get bcmwl-kernel-source. –  FuzzyToothpaste Oct 18 at 16:43

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It's always best to search by network card model rather than laptop model because the same model of laptop can contain a different network card depending on what they had in the factory on that day.

I suggest:

  1. Open a terminal (Ubuntu 10.04 = applications - accessories - terminal) (Ubuntu 12.04 = windows key, type 'terminal' - press enter)

  2. Paste this: lspci | grep Network

  3. Search Google for the model of wireless network card listed with 'ubuntu' appended.

Hope this helps.

Richard

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http://www.iasptk.com/ubuntu/19593-ubuntu-1204-wifi-not-working-at-laptop-or-notebook-unblock-it

Ubuntu 12.04. WiFi not working

Check if the wifi card is blocked (Terminal)

rfkill list wlan (for wifi)

OR

rfkill list all (for wifi and bluetooth)

UNBLOCK:

rfkill unblock wlan (for wifi)

OR

rfkill unblock all (for wifi and bluetooth)

Restart the network:

sudo service network-manager restart
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