I bought a used HP/Compaq nx6110 laptop several months ago and immediately installed Ubuntu 12.04. For a few months, everything was going great until the wireless button on the laptop stopped working. The repair guys said it would be over $100 cheaper to buy an external wifi receiver than it would cost to fix the laptop's wireless button. So I went and bought a brand new "On Networks N300" wifi receiver for $20.
It works great on Windows XP (the OS the laptop came with before I installed 12.04), but for some reason I can't get Ubuntu to even recognize the external wifi receiver. I even tried running the On Networks installation CD in Ubuntu, with no success. I am sick of having to go to Windows XP to go online.
Any help in getting my laptop to recognize the wifi receiver in Ubuntu would be greatly appreciated. The cost of the total repair is not an option for me.