Enabling network connections
I've recently install ubuntu as a dual-boot with windows XP Pro on a seperate WD hdd and after some tweaking seem to have the system up and running with the exception of internet access. I have an AMD Sempron 3000+ with 1G of memory, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200,and an SMC EZ ethernet card (SMC1211TX). I created three partitions "/", "share" and "/home" when I did the initial install. I've been trying various methods over the past three days to connect via ethernet cable to my Linksys BEFW11S4 wireless broadband router (WEP enabled), which is connected to a Toshiba PCX2200 cable modem. I have two networked tivo's plugged into the Linksys in addition to the machine which has XP/Ubuntu installed as well as a wireless Toshiba Satellite laptop. Everything else can access the network with no problems, although I did have one error message on the laptop "IP conflict with another device on the network". I've tried many methods described in various forums but seem to be stuck in a loop wereby I need to access the web in order to make the changes to allow my machine to access the web!!!. I would like to be able to explore this software further but without web access I can't seem to progress so if anyone can offer some advice i'd greatly appreciate it.