Absolute 'nix newbie here. I have downloaded Linux Mint onto a USB stick in order to try it out and play around with it. It's loaded on and old Dell XP laptop. It loads OK, but what I am having trouble with is attempting to connect it with the outside world. I initially tried via wifi, to no avail, so connected it directly to my router via ethernet cable. Now either I am being completely thick (entirely possible) or I am missing something. I am an ex (now well retired) mainframe programmer, but extensive user of Win software, but no very little about networking. The advantage that I can see of Windows is that connecting to or setting up networks seems to work without much problem, as opposed to my efforts with Mint. I don't know. maybe I can't do it from a USB stick. Whenever I go into Network Settings it appears that I have to set everything up from scratch as it asks for IPv4 address, amongst other esoteric requests. I know what my router name is, I know what my network name is used from my other Win laptop and use it without much trouble. I am tearing my hair out over this one. Anyone out there who can give me some clues as to how to go about it? Incidentally, I have followed some instructions from elsewhere, but the problem with that is their instructions didn't match up with what I was seeing. Heeelp!!! Norris

  • have you tried to issue the dhclient command?
    – vfbsilva
    Aug 26, 2022 at 6:13
  • Please try "Fedora 36: x86_64 Live ISO" from here: getfedora.org/en/workstation/download Also I'm curious what Dell XP is. They have an XPS lineup, not "XP". Aug 26, 2022 at 7:37
  • Please show the output of, lspci | egrep -i 'network|ethernet|wireless|wi-fi', ip l and sudo ethtool name_of_your_network_interface (e.g. enp2s0). Aug 26, 2022 at 7:40
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    Please edit your original question to add answers and further explanations: Is the internet connection via ethernet working for you? In that case, is that enough, or is it necessary to get wifi working too because you want to run the computer, where it is difficult or impossible to connect via a cable? Anyway, would it be possible for you to download and run the Ubuntu Forum's system-info script? In that case, let it upload the result to a pastebin and put a link to it in your original question. That information will help us help you :-P
    – sudodus
    Aug 26, 2022 at 8:21
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    Hi, kiwirocker! It's very unlikely you're "thick"! The thing is, we just don't know how it failed to connect to wifi. On any laptop I owned, it literally was just clicking on the network symbol, if disabled enable wifi, and then select the network I want to use. But sometimes things are more complicated, for example if your wifi card needs firmware to be loaded by the driver, which the live USB stick might not contain – for logistic or for legal reasons. But this is all a bit of guess work. Can you tell us how you tried to establish a Wifi connection? Aug 26, 2022 at 10:23

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You should probably watch a youtube video on how to connect to a Wifi / Ethernet on Linux mint, it's pretty straightforward actually:


  • It it's straightforward, maybe just share the answer ;-)
    – Jaleks
    Sep 6, 2022 at 9:39
  • Straightforward means that the steps are known, no need to repeat them here, watching a video would not hurt anyone, also there might be helpful comments/answers/questions from people like the person who asked. Oct 13, 2023 at 8:11

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