Ubuntu Edgy Eft – Dell Latitude D600 Wireless
March 17th, 2007 by teragram

Ubuntu does now (Edgy Eft) come with the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless drivers by default but, from what I gather, they don’t work with WPA encryption by default. Here are the steps I took to get my Dell Latitude D600 connected to my home WPA wireless network. (This works when starting from a clean, updated install, which you probably don’t have if you’ve been following the various how-tos that are out there to fix wireless access in previous versions of Ubuntu.)

  • The first thing to try is hitting Fn-F2. This turns your wireless radio on/off (there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to detect which state it’s in). To be honest, this may be what fixed my connection, but the first time I tried it I had already been wading through the aforementioned how-tos, so who knows what state my system was in? 🙂
  1. Install network-manager-gnome (or if you’re using Kubuntu – knetworkmanager). I did this via the Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager, search for network-manager-gnome). This package depends on several others, most importantly network-manager, which will all be automatically installed with it.
  2. Turn off all network connections in System -> Administration -> Networking
  3. Restart
  4. Left-click on the Network Manager icon in the Notification Area (top right of your screen). Any wireless networks in range should be visible.
  5. (optional) There’s another network icon in the Notification Area. You can right-click it and hit “remove from panel” to get rid of it.

If you try this and it is/isn’t helpful, I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment.


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