complete newbe wants to install linux on acer 5720 pc?

I’m a newbie and never used linux 8.10 ubuntu on an acer 5720z, i have a live cd of ubuntu but have read in a few places that my wireless will not work with ubuntu, you have to install backport modules??? not sure what that means but i need help real bad.
i have tried to boot from live cd and once ubuntu is running it doesn’t show a wireless connection. Tho when im in vista the wireless is visible. I read somewhere that you have to install or enable backport module or something of the sort. I have not a clue of what they are talking about or even how to do that??? can someone please help me???
My wireless is still not working on my acer 5720z. Did a search on how to fix wireless on my 5720 in ubuntu, no results. can someone help, i have the lsicp from terminal of ubuntu email me at hotyamaha@gmail.com fof that info.

3 Responses to complete newbe wants to install linux on acer 5720 pc?

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  2. Try using wubi (http://wubi-installer.org/) its an ubuntu installer for windows which lets you install the os like any other windows application. ive got it on my desktop and have no wireless issues.

    if that works then i dont see why the ‘full cd’ version wont work as well.

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  3. It all depends which chip your wireless card has. Some wireless chips will work out of the box and other need to have some software installed or backports installed. It is not hard to install a backport. You simply use the some package manager that you would use to install any software.
    When using your ubuntu live-cd open a terminal and type:
    lspci
    You will get a lot of info. Look for a line that talks about the wireless card. It will name the chip and version. If you report what is on that line someone can tell you what you will need to do to get the wireless working.
    Of course if you have a wired ethernet available that will work out of the box for your laptop in the meantime.
    Good luck

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