Re: connecting my laptop to the internet



It is a BT Voyager Broadband MODEM as I have a BT Broadband account.
I don't know what the number is as I live on my own and can't see the number
as I am Blind.
It works on both uSB and Ethernet connections.
Ben who is in a couple of Linux groups I attend in the UK ie the hudlug got
Mozilla working using my broadband MODEM on his laptop.
I was wanting to know how I could tempoarily use it on my laptop after
switching it from my Desktop PC as I seem to be having trouble installing
Ubuntu on my Desktop because of this problem with Grub not installing, Ben
temporarily installed extra memory as my Desktop is something like 256 MB
RAM and he removed my hard drive to see if he could get one he was
temporarily using working on my system in order to sort out dual booting for
me which explains why I am asking about temporarily hooking up my BT Voyager
Broadband MODEM to my Compaq which does have Edgy on it which was installed
by someone else at Hudlug.
Basically I have a situation where i have a desktop PC which I use with the
Internet as it uses my Broadband connection which is only Windows until I
can sort out this problem with Grub which Ben one of the more experts of
Linux at the Hudlug has tried to get sorted out twice, he has been down
twice so it might not be for a while bbefore we try to dual boot my Desktop
again and my Laptop which I think is a Compaq Presario 140 runs Edgy but it
only has a wireless connection which I have set up for Voxbar which is the
place where Hudlug meets so basically I am limited to what I can do under
Linux as I can't connect until whenever the next Lug meeting is which is
normally on the first Monday of each Month only it isn't this January
because of the New Year.
I was thinking if I could set up my BT Account on my laptop without
disturbing my information for Voxbar which uses my Ralink wireless card
which I bought for it I might be able to familiarise myself with Edgy a bit
more, up date it which it was asking me to do when I first got Edgy
installed but didn't have time to do it at the last Lug meeting as we tried
both Desktop and finally Alternative CDs before Edgy would install on it as
the Edgy Desktop kept crashing at the first part of the install and download
components I might need ie Speech-Dispatcher, Espeak and Speechd-up for the
Speakup screenreader so I can have both Orca and Speakup running depending
on whether I am in a Text or Graphical environment in Ubuntu and also have a
better voice provided by Espeak rather than Festival which although I can
cope with it it is not the easyest voice to understand in a noisy
environment like Voxbar which is sometimes used by students. Festival seems
to come with Orca by default and I would like to change it to something
clearer such as Espeak or Dectalk which I bought which are not just both
clearer but require less system resources to run I think.
----- Original Message -----
From: "ac" <"aec$news"@candt.waitrose.com>
To: <ubuntu-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 10:27 PM
Subject: Re: connecting my laptop to the internet


MICHAEL WEAVER wrote:
I have had a thought about getting my Internet connection tempoarily
working
in Ubuntu Edgy until I can get my desktop sorted out with Linux or buy a
wireless Router for home use with my BT account and have both desktop and
laptop machines networked.

I am not clear about this:
Do you have a working broadband internet connection at present at all?
Is your BT account a broadband one?
Why do you have to await getting your desktop machine sorted out?

Is there a way of connecting my laptop using my BT Voyager Broadband
MODEM

is this the modem which was supplied with the BT broadband account?
Does this modem have the *choice* of connection to the PC
a) via usb cable and/or
b) ethernet cable

it is easy to get connected via (b) although often a little more
difficult (for beginners) via (a)

What is the type number of the modem?

which someone at one of the Linux groups I attend did manage to get
working
on his laptop as he was able to access the web with it

This person would be a good one to ask! - are you in contact with the
LUG via a mailing list?

which I normally use
for my desktop machine

[...]

hth
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ac


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