Dell Optiplex GX260 Desktop Install issues with Ubuntu 8.10

Is it required for a PC to be connected to the Internet when an Ubuntu installation is being conducted?

Has anyone completed an installation, have the machine reboot, allow for login/password authentication and then see only the desktop and be unable to use the application? What is this state called? What rectifies this condition?

On my PC(listed above) I cannot connect to the Internet with the wireless cards I own and now it seems like my NIC need drivers, so I have no connection. That is why I want to know if internet connectivity is required.

I cannot tell how many times I have reinstalled the OS to have the same results...listed as second issue.

Thanks to anyone who can answer these questions.

What output do you get when

What output do you get when you input to a Terminal: lspci

Dell Optiplex GX260 Desktop Install issues with Ubuntu 8.10

Hi

Have you clicked on the network icon in the top right hand corner (just past your name) and done a manual configuration?

setting up wifi

to fix your wifi, connect to the internet temporarily with an ethernet cable.

go to System->Administration->Software Sources click on the Updates tab, then check the box for Unsupported updates (intrepid-backports). after you've enabled the backports update your ubuntu software from a terminal with the commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

you may need to reboot. after that go to System->Administration->Hardware Drivers and enable any restricted drivers you have available.

If that doesnt work, Open a Terminal from the menu Applications->Accessories->Terminal and type:

lshw -C network

then post the output here