I recently changed my service provider from BSNL to Tikona. I had no problems whatsoever configuring the internet on Windows7 and Debian 6.0. But faced some problems while configuring it on Ubuntu 12.04. Actually, whenever I went to “Networks” under the System Settings, I used to get a pop-up box saying – “The system network services are not compatible with this version“. Furthermore the network icon was also not seen in the top-panel. Obviously, there was no problem with Tikona, but with my network-manager on Ubuntu 12.04.
I browsed a lot and tried out many things, but in the end my own hack worked! 🙂 Stating a few things which I tried, as they might be useful for you in someway or the other. If they don’t work you can try out mine. I shall be telling you my hack at the end of this post.
- To get back the network icon in the panel, here’s a quick solution –
- From the posts which I read, I came to know that this problem was quite common and was due to the latest network related updates. Probably, there was some bug in it. So I also tried out doing an
apt-get updateand an
apt-get dist-upgrade. For this, as I had no internet itself, I booted through a live CD and ran those two commands by the chroot method (changed the root to my current root partition). I came back to my original Ubuntu, all the updates were installed and Update Manager had nothing to show! But still, I was getting the same prompt!
- As it was a problem with the latest upgrade of network-manager, one possible solution was to downgrade it to an earlier version. I did the same, downloaded the previous version, network-manager-dbg_0.9.4.0-0ubuntu3_i386.deb alongwith its dependencies and installed them using the
dpkg -imethod. But still, the problem persisted!
- Finally, an idea struck my mind! When I booted through the live CD, I could connect to the internet. Obviously, that copy of Ubuntu had perfectly working files and configuration. So, I went to the
/etcfolder of that live CD using nautilus and copied all the network related files and folders! I went two floors up, borrowed a pendrive from a friend and copied the files into it! 😛 The folders I copied were –
network, NetworkManager, ppp, resolvconfand the files I copied were
resolv.conf. Rebooted, and pasted all of them in my etc folder. Graphical interface dint work as sudo privileges are required. So I did through command line. Rebooted again, and yaay! The network icon with that up-down icon was immediately seen. Done!Note: This restores all the settings to the ones you have at the time of a fresh install. This also solved the problem of the annoying message – “Waiting for 60 more seconds for network configuration”, which I used to get while booting. Now Ubuntu boots in just 15 – 20 seconds.
That’s it for now, my pizza is getting cold. 😛