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Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby Cell » Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:48 am

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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby witblits1970 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:41 am

ok i downloaded 2.4, installed it and boy i like what i see. just 1 slight sadness though---no wireless internet. im not sure why wireless has been left out? how do i get it back as i use my lappy mainly for wireless internet. im using my mobile connection for this but would prefer to use my wireless instead. thanks :?
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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby Admin-Amir » Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:12 am

Hello witblits1970.

I have add some more info to the Guide section,see if that can help.
If you go left click on the icon monitor up top right,then you can configure your wireless network.
and some info in the Guide section for you.
viewtopic.php?f=65&t=4061
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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby witblits1970 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:21 pm

understood however my wifi indicator on my laptop does not come on and regardless of what i do it won't my lappy is a dell studio. with 2.3 it used to show and i couls choose what ntework i wanted to connect to but not now :(
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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby Admin-Amir » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:32 pm

Hello witblits1970

try to install the Driver for your platform from here.
and let us know what happens please.
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby witblits1970 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:11 pm

i dont know how to install tar.bz files yet. sorry :oops:
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Postby witblits1970 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:33 pm

i think im going to go back to 2.3. at least things worked there, maybe 2.4 at a later date. :(
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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby Admin-Amir » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:00 pm

Hello witblits1970


First, you need to untar it by using the following command, where foo.tar.bz2 is your file name:

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tar -xjf foo.tar.bz2


If it's .gz instead of .bz2, us z instead of j in the flags.

Once that's extracted, cd into the folder that it extracted and there should be a README file that explains how to install that particular driver.
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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby Driver » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:45 pm

witblits1970 wrote:understood however my wifi indicator on my laptop does not come on and regardless of what i do it won't my lappy is a dell studio. with 2.3 it used to show and i couls choose what ntework i wanted to connect to but not now :(


With your 2.3 installation, did you first have to click on Hardware Drivers from the System/Administration menu and then pick a wireless driver and click Activate? I understand (I think) that the Broadcom wireless driver is not open-source and strictly speaking, should not be automatically installed by the distro's installer (even though it would be convienent to the end-user ;) ).

That seems to be the whole purpose of the Hardware Drivers app - to search for and present for installation those drivers that may be needed by our hardware that for one reason or another - such as not meeting the GPL, perhaps - cannot be automatically included.

It worked very well for me. I just had to connect my ethernet port that first time so that Hardware Drivers could do its thing.

I wonder if in the future such proprietary wireless drivers could be included on the DVD, not to be automatically installed, but so a user who does not have the option of physically connecting - if they must use a public WiFi hotspot for their internet access, for example - can add the DVD as a repository and do the installation that way. I am not sure if the Broadcom / NDISWrapper(?) thing can be so included (legally).

witblits1970 wrote:i think im going to go back to 2.3. at least things worked there, maybe 2.4 at a later date. :(


That is exactly how I felt only a couple of days ago :oops: . The issue I was trying to figure out was a non-issue on my 2.3 installation. And - of course :) - if you do stick with 2.3, you've still got a GREAT distro. But I was stubborn and with the help of a couple wonderful staff members my issue was resolved and I learned something in the process. And so I find myself about to install 2.4 on my main computer with confidence that, although I may have the odd personal (err...) issue, the distro itself is solid and anything specific to my circumstances will be quickly dealt with.

Admin-Amir wrote:I have add some more info to the Guide section,see if that can help.
If you go left click on the icon monitor up top right,then you can configure your wireless network.
and some info in the Guide section for you.
viewtopic.php?f=65&t=4061


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Re: Wireless/Networking questions?Post here please.

Postby billhedrick » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:52 pm

yea. I tried to get online last night with my ol' Dell Latitude C510 with the built-in card, no love in 2.4, it worked fine in 2.3 and other distros. I am going to carefully read this thread and try the remedies
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