[edubuntu] I have a compaq Presario 5000.The wireless will not work

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I have a Compaq Presario 5000. I have been trying to make the wireless work on this thing. I go to wireless assistant and try to enable the wireless and I follow the instructions to enter f10 upon setup. I am then asked for a password. I do not have the password. Is there a way around this or a standard passwork that will work. I am just trying to enable the wireless on the computer. I am at a loss of what to do now. I caled COmpaq and they just told me that since it is out of warrranty that I would have to pay them 298 dollars. Please help me get through this problem. Thank you so much in advance. (Hardware)