just installed Ubunto Operating system - unable to install programs. It ask for an administrators password and the one I set up does not work

Asked by Susan Stratton on 2013-06-22

I just installed the Ubunto Operating System. I am unable to download a netgear wireless router - the system is not reading the installation disk . I get an error message saying
Archive: /media/WNA3100/bin/driveronly/Setup.exe
[/media/WNA3100/bin/driveronly/Setup.exe]
  End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
  a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
  latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
  the last disk(s) of this archive.
note: /media/WNA3100/bin/driveronly/Setup.exe may be a plain executable, not an archive
zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /media/WNA3100/bin/driveronly/Setup.exe or
          /media/WNA3100/bin/driveronly/Setup.exe.zip, and cannot find /media/WNA3100/bin/driveronly/Setup.exe.ZIP, period.

This system also asks me for an administrators password, but when I put in the one I used when loading the operating system it denies access saying this is incorrect password information.

Help!
Susan Stratton
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2013-06-22
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2013-06-23
michael (yellupcm-gmail) said : #1

I do not know the answer to your problem. That said, Ubuntu does not read any .exe files, those are Windows files. Where did you get netgear wireless router files? You will need a .deb file, not a .exe or a .rpm file. If you used a disk that came with the router, that is for Windows only. Would be good if you stated which Ubuntu version and model number of your router.

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #2

You don't need any software to set up a Netgear wireless router. Simply plug in a LAN cable.

Now in a terminal type

route -n

On my system I see

warren@dell:~$ route -n
Kernel IP routing table
Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface
0.0.0.0 192.168.0.1 0.0.0.0 UG 0 0 0 wlan0
169.254.0.0 0.0.0.0 255.255.0.0 U 1000 0 0 wlan0
192.168.0.0 0.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 U 2 0 0 wlan0

You are looking for the gateway address in this case its 192.168.01 I think this is the default for Netgear but If you see a different gateway address use that instead.

Now open a web browser and enter

http://192.168.0.1

substitute the address you got above

You will be asked for a user name and password. This is for the router not your linux password: which I think are "admin" and "password" (without the quotes) but check the documentation that came with your router. You can configure the router from there set up security, enable wireless etc. Once wireless is set up you can disconnect the LAN cable and use it wirelessly

If you need to reset your Ubuntu password there is an excellent guide here:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/resetpassword

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #3

I recommend you use WPA or WPA2 security as WEP is easy to crack

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