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Pandemic187 03-22-2007 10:30 PM

Installation Problem
 
Hello, people. I was using Ubuntu for a while, but I guess I felt it left something to be desired.

There are many things I like about Linux - of course, it being open-source and free are great - although if I had to pick a favorite thing about Linux, I'd probably say its stability. I've had Sabayon for a few days, but it has too many bugs for me. I heard Debian was quite reliable, so I decided to give it a go, but during installation I can't even get my network card to work. I have an Intel Pro/100 VE with Pro 3945ABG wireless, and I'm on a Compaq Presario v3000t. I tried the Intel Pro/100, as well as another one (Perhaps Pro/1000?), but neither of them worked. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Another random question - I read etch is better to use than sarge, but is etch (being "unstable") as reliable as sarge is?

kenneth.ramsey 03-22-2007 11:03 PM

Your wireless issue
 
First of all welcome to Debian. :) As one of th etaglines reads, search engines are God's gift to linux users.
What dist are you using, Sarge, Etch or Sid?
There's a good guide on this site on how to install wireless that involves the ndiswrapper. This is what you'll have to do if you installed Sarge.
Etch - that depends on weither or not there is a firmware package for your wireless card. To my knowledge the only one is for Broadcomm chip set.
Sid, sorry I have no idea.
Once you let us know what dist. you've installed we can give better advice.

kenneth.ramsey 03-22-2007 11:05 PM

As far as Etch vs Sarge, I use nothing but Etch. This is for my laptop and several small servers for my business. I recommend Etch as it is nearly stable. Sarge is great but it's for servers that will NEVER be changed.

Pandemic187 03-22-2007 11:09 PM

Key word: nearly. I'm assuming it's more stable than Ubuntu though? Not that Ubuntu's bad, but I saw a lot of posts regarding how stable Debian is.

As far as my installation - sorry I wasn't clear; I was trying to install Sarge, and I stopped the installation when I couldn't get the network to work because I figured the installation would be almost useless without Internet access.

cgjones 03-22-2007 11:12 PM

I've been running Etch for almost a year with only one small problem with X after an update.

rickh 03-22-2007 11:23 PM

Just in case you haven't gotten the message yet, Etch is what you want to install.

Pandemic187 03-22-2007 11:30 PM

Ha. Thanks, rick. I still have no idea what I'm doing with the network install though! Is it different on Etch than it is on Sarge?

rickh 03-22-2007 11:44 PM

Different only in the sense that it has a year and a half's worth of improvements. Make sure you're getting the current version.

Pandemic187 03-22-2007 11:51 PM

Holy crap - the full install of Etch RC2 requires 3 DVDs?

And would it be a good idea to get the net inst? That's what I figured I should get.

RedNovember 03-22-2007 11:56 PM

yes, if you don't want to download 3 dvds only to use the first half of one...

Pandemic187 03-23-2007 09:15 AM

Ohhhh, I didn't realize Etch was that much newer than Sarge. I got my laptop in July of '06, and it only came out a few months before that. I'm guessing my network card is newer than Sarge is, and so my card isn't supported by the installer. It's all good now though - I'm on Etch right now! :D

Pandemic187 03-23-2007 03:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kenneth.ramsey
First of all welcome to Debian. :) As one of th etaglines reads, search engines are God's gift to linux users.
What dist are you using, Sarge, Etch or Sid?
There's a good guide on this site on how to install wireless that involves the ndiswrapper. This is what you'll have to do if you installed Sarge.
Etch - that depends on weither or not there is a firmware package for your wireless card. To my knowledge the only one is for Broadcomm chip set.
Sid, sorry I have no idea.
Once you let us know what dist. you've installed we can give better advice.

My wireless card worked fine on Ubuntu and Sabayon, but I can't seem to get it to work on Debian Etch. Should it work on Etch if it works on the other two distros, or do I need additional software? I mean, it recognizes the card, but I can't seem to get an Internet connection with it.


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