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I just got myself a USB wifi adapter so as i can log-on to my building's free wifi, rather than paying every month for a wired connection.

Can't get the damn thing working! Ubuntu's device manager is telling me that there is "Insufficiant power" to operate the device. it knows it's there but can't operate it. The instructions say it works with Linux

Anyone have any ideas as to how I can overcome this problem?

 

I know the USB wifi device works; I'm using it in Windows for the time being in order to view and post on SFN. I need to get back to Linux where its safe and warm and stuff works properly.

Please help... I'm stuck using a microsoft operating system!

 

please help...There isn't much time... it may already be too late! The viruses and bugs are taking over me... aaarrghh. This Mickey Mouse OS is sending me over the edge... I'm losing my hair and fingernails in the frustration, one more pop-up and I just might pop!

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Do you have other devices plugged in to your computer's USB ports when using Linux? Any external disks or other stuff?

 

If nothing works, you can always get an externally powered USB hub that uses an AC adapter to supply power to all the USB devices.

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There are other things plugged in The keyboard and mopuse are both USB.

I had a feeling it could be something like that. I'll unplug them and see what effect i get.

Liking the powered USB hub idea.

I'll play around and see what happens

 

Thanks

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Or, you could just get over yourself and use windows. cuz windows works (obviously).

linux/unix is probably the most useless OS there is. Yes it is quite useful for stand alone applications and for programming a small user interface for various systems.

But really it sucks, its structure just isn't up to par with windows.

Basically the world runs on a windows framework, your linux is very minimally designed to fit within that structure. its kinda like putting a square block through a round hole, yes you can make the square one small enough. But its just not the right fit.

 

I suppose that if the worlds Electronic economy was build off of linux, then the shoe would fit the other foot so to speak. i would be saying microsoft sucks and linux rox.

 

Though, in your defense, Microsoft is the biggest, worthless, and just plain dirtiest OS there is. and i also hate the corporation. but windows works. (i also use xp professional)

btw dirtiest os was a shot at Bill Gates's QDOS.


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another work around for the power problem would be checking/writing some code to supply more power to the parts. I know linux scans for the external user interfaces, and boots up with only the needed components to get them to work, as opposed to windows brute force method.

But maybe there is a bit of code in there that dictates power requirements for components.

 

But that would only hold true if i surmised what the problem was correctly.

 

The problem being, in Linux my usb port is not getting enough power, but if i boot up in windows it is.

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I'd also suggest checking over here: http://ubuntuforums.org/

 

Incidentally, regarding Linux: the world of the Internet lives on Linux. The majority of webservers run Linux. This one does, in fact. It's well-designed and often of high quality.

 

Sure, a lot of the graphical interfaces haven't been polished to perfection yet; no Linux distribution has yet shown the graphical polish of, say, OS X, but they improve with each release. Each successive release of Ubuntu attracts yet more new users with improved user-friendly features, for example.

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Incidentally, regarding Linux: the world of the Internet lives on Linux. The majority of webservers run Linux. This one does, in fact. It's well-designed and often of high quality.

 

Like i said, Linux is extremely useful for software engineering and such, thus making it able to run what you want how you want pretty efficiently. But as an OS its still like sticking a square through a circle.

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Like i said, Linux is extremely useful for software engineering and such, thus making it able to run what you want how you want pretty efficiently. But as an OS its still like sticking a square through a circle.

 

I thought the entire purpose of an operating system was to run what you want how you want pretty efficiently.

 

Now, the software built on it, like the desktop environments, might be sub-optimal, but they're pretty damn good these days. When was the last time you tried a modern desktop Linux distribution?

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bout 4 months ago. It just doesn't seem to have the complete functionality of an OS.

Yea, it has alot, but sometimes there is stuff that should be on it that isn't and there is pretty crazy stuff you don't need instead, like support for 10000+ threads and cpu's.

there is a good xkcd spoof of it.

 

I mean maybe if i was a software engineer that knew unix code, then maybe i would deem it as something useful (after much tweaking). it is a good code to write stand alone programs, it just doesn't quite fit into the worldwide windows os framework.

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Dunno. I'd take having unneeded support for 4000 CPUs over having unwanted Yahoo! toolbars and antivirus software installed whenever I want to install normal software :P

 

Interestingly, by the way, I believe there's a few governments that have mandated transitions to Linux systems in their official computers to prevent reliance on proprietary software and to lower costs. The world doesn't have to be a Windows world...

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Dunno. I'd take having unneeded support for 4000 CPUs over having unwanted Yahoo! toolbars and antivirus software installed whenever I want to install normal software :P

 

Interestingly, by the way, I believe there's a few governments that have mandated transitions to Linux systems in their official computers to prevent reliance on proprietary software and to lower costs. "The world doesn't have to be a Windows world..."

 

why in the world would you have a yahoo toolbar?

I'm sure your familiar with the wonderful world of free AV software such as AVG, and BitDefender.

 

That is exactly my point, "the world DOESN'T have to be a windows world" but it is. Being a windows world causes other OS's to not quite fit into the structure created by it. I'm sure 200+ years from now the framework will be based upon something else, and someone will be having this exact conversation about 2 different OS's.

 

IMO, if linux had the capitol and the engineers that microsoft had it would be just as good if not better.

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why in the world would you have a yahoo toolbar?

I'm sure your familiar with the wonderful world of free AV software such as AVG, and BitDefender.

I don't want one. But whenever you go to install Adobe updates or some random software you want, it's always offering to install the Yahoo! toolbar or some random antivirus software I don't want. Not to mention computers coming pre-loaded with free trial versions of a few dozen different software packages that I don't need.

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I don't want one. But whenever you go to install Adobe updates or some random software you want, it's always offering to install the Yahoo! toolbar or some random antivirus software I don't want. Not to mention computers coming pre-loaded with free trial versions of a few dozen different software packages that I don't need.

 

When you install software that has a free trial or a toolbar it is your choice to install the add on or not. There is always a box that can be unchecked to not install such software. imo 3 seconds to uncheck a box while installing something is better than, an undiscerning amount of time yelling at your computer's OS because it doesn't support something. or in this case USB power.

But i suppose it is a trade off between an OS's functionality and advertisement.

 

Again i am positive that you know that you can build your own computer without all the preloaded stuff. OEM is awesome.

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Thanks Cap'n Refsmmat, that did the trick. I removed a little used unpowered hard-drive from the USB port and all is running fine now.

 

BTW didn't mean to start a 'War of the OS'

I use Linux because it works better for me, easier to use, less stressfull, many open source applications etc. It makes my computer work how I want my computer to work.

I'm just an average computer user, no specialist knowledge; Linux is just right.

 

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If your computer has multiple port locations (i.e. some on the front and some on the back) you might try plugging things into different locations. Sometimes each has its own power supply, and splitting up the load can keep them from running out of power.

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All four are on one side of the computer's mother board, it's still all working ok though.

(I use the term computer loosley, it's actully a bunch of salvaged lap-top parts stuck together.) New computer coming soon though.

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