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I am a new user (my first trial) of Ubuntu and booted up my Windows Vista laptop up with the Ubuntu CD. I was able to connect wirelessly to my router and stay connected for about a minute. After that it would disconnect and my router would be disabled: none of my other wireless devices would see the signal any longer, as if it disappeared. I would have to cycle the router's power toggle off/on to get it to come back on and put out a signal again. This happened repeatedly.

I experienced no other problems trying the software (i.e., accessed my files w/o issue). I did not attempt to connect with an Ethernet cable.

Here are the specs on my system:

  • laptop is HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook PC
  • system type is 64-bit operating system
  • CPU is Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz
  • ram is 4 GB
  • network card is Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN

I read elsewhere in this forum that 64-bit systems may not be compatible with Ubuntu. Can anyone help me with this? I'd really like to be able to use this op system.

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To answer your last question, Ubuntu definitely does support 64 bit computers. They have 32 and 64 bit versions and either will work fine on a 64 bit computer. As for your wifi, it appears that many people have had similar problems with it in both Windows and Linux. Does your wifi work better in Windows? One solution may be to use a usb wifi adapter instead of the onboard one.

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