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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 2:23 pm 
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It appears that wireless network cards can be a hurdle to installing Linux distros on computers.

It also appears that swapping a wireless network card is rather trivial (if the computer / laptop allows easy access to where it needs to be put).

Sooo, what wireless network card(s) are good choices if the one in your computer does not want to play nicely?

Which WiFi card manufacturers are committed to support free software, and are also producing reliable high performance WiFi cards?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:53 am 
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For desktops, getting a wireless card that works "out-of-the-box" in Linux is very easy. See this NewEgg search. I make all of my desktops from parts I get from NewEgg.

With just a little effort, I've put together some amazing machines with lots of power, and five fans per machine to keep everything super cool and long-lived, at a remarkably small overall sticker price. And it's really fun putting together a desktop. And--this is a secret the OEMs don't want you to know--the warranties on parts from the manufacturers typically greatly exceeds the standard warranties offered by the OEMs. I have four desktops in use in my home that I made from parts I bought new from NewEgg. My main personal machine (details in my signature) has run almost 24/7 for almost four years and still works like the day I put it together. Three of the four desktops have very inexpensive wireless cards (around U.S. $15) because it's MUCH cheaper than running cords throughout the house. :ugeek:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:46 pm 
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Thank you Steven!

Unfortunately I found out that Lenovo is causing trouble by using some "whitelist" for Network cards. In other words, replacements will not work and some serious hacking would be required in the BIOS to make a non-whitelisted Wifi card work, if at all.

What I can confrim now is that the "Wi-Pi" USB dongle works straight away for WiFi connection in Uberstudent.


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