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i recently installed ubuntu as my primary os and i cant seem to read dvd's and my wireless card is not supported.

I have a gateway laptop

any help would be great
 

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For the wireless card, we need to know what type of card it is. To get the information we need, open a terminal (should be Terminal in Ubuntu). Type sudo lspci, then post the output from that back here.

For the DVD's, what do you mean you can't read DVD's? Is a specific program not reading DVD's or the computer itself? I'm assuming they worked fine before you installed Ubuntu, which means the drive's ok (also means we should be able to get DVD's working in Ubuntu).

If the DVD's just aren't appearing on your desktop, try opening MPlayer or VLC (I don't know what's installed by default with Ubuntu) and playing the DVD. If you don't have either, I'd try MPlayer first. Both can be installed with Synaptic, apt-get or another package manager (if Ubuntu switched to something other than Synaptic - apt-get should always work though). It might just be a problem with the automounting program.
 

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Ubuntu came with Totem, which I also had problems with. I removed it via synaptic and downoaded mplayer, also via synaptic, and it works very well. Might need win32 codecs pkg also, depending on what you are doing.
 

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I am guessing that gallup doesn't have the correct codecs to watch the dvd on his computer. Here is a website that will allow you to get the Codecs. The only thing is that this isn't exactly kosher. So, if you are a person that likes everything to be by the book then this won't work for you. But other wise you will be set.

Cheers!
 

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I am guessing that gallup doesn't have the correct codecs to watch the dvd on his computer. Here is a website that will allow you to get the Codecs. The only thing is that this isn't exactly kosher. So, if you are a person that likes everything to be by the book then this won't work for you. But other wise you will be set.

Cheers!
If I didn't have the codecs how could I play encrypted dvd's? I can play them in mplayer, just a problem with totem, always has been. Mplayer can even play flash video, my favorite player after trying several. I never tried this player in ubuntu until I tried it in pclinuxos, and with that distro it was much easier to get everything working simply via synaptic. Ubuntu is nice, but not as easy to configure as pclos. I still use both distros and like them both, but use mplayer (which comes with pclos2007) exclusively now.
 

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sorry about getting back to you, I had to get rid of the laptop, it was on it's last legs and repairing it just wasn't worth it so changed over to my new desktop. With the desktop i have a similar problem, Movies work fine but i still can't connect to the internet with my wireless adapter. I have a linksys PCI wireless-g adapter with speed boost.
 

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Some additional information may help us figure out the wireless card. To get the information we need, open a terminal (should be Terminal in Ubuntu). Type sudo lspci, then post the output from that back here.
 

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00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation C55 Host Bridge (rev a2)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:00.6 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:00.7 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:01.6 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:02.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:02.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:02.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation C55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation C55 PCI Express bridge (rev a1)
00:09.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP55 Memory Controller (rev a1)
00:0a.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 LPC Bridge (rev a2)
00:0a.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SMBus (rev a2)
00:0a.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP55 Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:0b.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP55 USB Controller (rev a1)
00:0b.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP55 USB Controller (rev a2)
00:0d.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 IDE (rev a1)
00:0e.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SATA Controller (rev a2)
00:0e.1 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SATA Controller (rev a2)
00:0e.2 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SATA Controller (rev a2)
00:0f.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 PCI bridge (rev a2)
00:0f.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP55 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
00:11.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 Ethernet (rev a2)
00:12.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 Ethernet (rev a2)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8500 GT (rev a1)
02:07.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22/A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link)
02:09.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
 

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The last line of that output is what wireless device you have. Broadcom is not known for their Linux support, but there are some options.

An in kernel driver: b43/bcm43xx.
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

If the above doesn't work, you could try ndiswrapper. I don't use either, so I don't know how to configure them. I suggest trying the in kernel driver first.
 

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what version of ubuntu do you have?

Ndiswrapper is really easy to install in synaptic, i think the ubuntu 8.04 install cd comes with ndiswrapper. You can use synaptic to install from a cd.
I used ndiswrapper for a trendnet card and it was simpler to install in ubuntu then in xp.
 
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