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I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on an old Dell laptop and have been for the last few weeks. Up until now, wireless has functioned fine; however, I got this message after rebooting today.

The computer froze and I was forced to restart it by way of the button on the keyboard (I believe it's called a hard restart?).

I tried toggling the hardware switch on and off without success. I rebooted the computer again, this time through the "shut down" command, but the problem persists.

My laptop is quite old and its previous owner was apparently rather rough with it; the ethranet port does not work. I have no other means of accessing the Internet except through my iPod touch (which is how I am writing this now). Is there any way to fix this problem?

Thanks in advance!

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