good afternoon to you, so I have installed Elementary OS and find it very beautiful however it seems like the OS does not recognize my WI-FI adapter.

I am using a Lenovo Ideapad 3 and I do not have an ethernet port on this laptop. I was going to use the following commands to install the drivers for the adapter but no internet I'm not sure how I would even get the drivers unless I put them on a USB?

this is the website I'm going off, does someone have any idea what I could do in this situation?


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    Could you update your question to include the output of sudo lshw -C network and sudo lspci? This will include some specific details about the hardware that will make it much easier to offer a specific solution.
    – matigo
    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:20
  • You can buy a USB wifi dongle (they are quite cheap, even under $10) and use that to connect to internet and install whatever you need to fix your internal wifi.
    – jena
    Aug 3, 2021 at 11:21

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I liked the look of Elementary but had the same problem - no wifi. I'm also on an ideapad. There is a further difficulty in that Elementary does not recognize my phone for tethering to the net for downloading drivers so I doubt that it will accept a Wi-Fi dongle/adapter, and don't want to waste even 10$. I may be wrong of course, but what it does mean is I won't be installing until this is addressed. Of note; Ideapads will accept most Linux distros but they have obstacles around loading some, and frequently wifi drivers are a problem. I'm currently using Zorin, and it does accept tethering as a way to download the Wifi driver.

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