How do I connect to the Internet on a Mini 9 ? Is the CD needed ?

Asked by cobb710 on 2008-12-31

I bought one of the 9" lap tops from Dell It did not come with a CD/DVD drive. I am unable to get the internet on the computer. I am wondering if I am even able to get online without being able to download the CD on the computer. If anyone has this same issue please let me know how you got yours fixed.
Thank you very much.

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amit (amit-ramjas) said : #1

hi..... happy new year ( advance though)

>>"I am wondering if I am even able to get online without being able to download the CD on the computer"

could you explain in a little more detail what do you mean by this statement ---- ?

such small laptops are meant for very high mobility and that is reason why they don't come with a cd drive
well you can hook an external cd drive using usb port that can serve your purpose well ........

amit (amit-ramjas) said : #2

well you should have known that laptop is not having a cd drive before buying it

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #3

I don't understand why you particularly want a CD/DVD drive to access the internet.

Why don't you try pressing Fn+2 and make your choice on the pop-up screen? Do you have a manual?

There are several different models of this netbook depending on which country you are in. Specifications vary.

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said : #4

If you're having problems with the wireless connection, please see for a possible solution and for more information about the Mini 9.

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said : #5

I've also added the information about wifi connections in a FAQ:

cobb710 (cobb710) said : #6

I'm sorry I should have explained more. I am trying to use a wireless rounter. I need to download the CD on the computer. I have no clue how to get this to work without the CD/DVD drive.

amit (amit-ramjas) said : #7

do i understand that you want to install ubuntu on your system to access your system

if so is case then you can use a live usb system of ubuntu
and boot from it instead of cd drive

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said : #8

The CD or a full install of another non-certified version of Ubuntu are NOT needed to initially access the Internet. Please do not provide such answers, particularly for this model.

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said : #9

@cobb710: Anyc CDs that came with your router are most likely designed for Windows only. You may still be able to call the router manufacturer, most of them offer free phone support for their hardware. At least let them know you are using Ubuntu, you'd be surprised you may get support for Ubuntu, and if that's not the case you will raise awareness which in time will result in better support.

Andre Mangan (kyphi) said : #10

This has nothing to do with making any adjustments to the Dell Mini.

This is purely a router configuration issue. Router addresses can easily be determined if you provide the name and model of the router. In fact, if you have the literature that came with your router it will list an address for the router. These addresses typically look like this: "" or ""

Configuration is done via several screens where you can activate wireless connectivity.

The CD for a router will work in any operating system that has a CD drive and generally contains the configuration manual. This manual is also available on-line.

If you are not sure about tackling the router configuration, take the router to your local computer technician along with the router literature and the information from your Internet Service Provider.

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) said : #11

Andre, the initial question was about connecting the Mini to the Internet. No need to argue. But yes, we were all assuming the router was already configured, which is not an Ubuntu issue, but rather a hardware (router) one.

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