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How can I get online on a Ubuntu PC without the administrator password? I have ordinary user privileges, and the wifi itself is not password protected.

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I found success with the following solution in Ubuntu 13.04:

Open /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.policy with root/sudo privileges and search for the following line:

<message>System policy prevents modification of network settings for all users</message>

A few lines below that should be this:

<allow_active>auth_admin_keep</allow_active>

Change it to:

<allow_active>yes</allow_active>

Save the file and restart your computer.

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If the wireless is working; that is, a driver is installed, then you should be able to click the Network Manager icon, see your network and connect. If the wireless is not working because it needs to have a driver installed, then you cannot proceed without administrator privileges. The administrator password is required to modify the system and install software, including drivers.

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