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Old 06-28-2006, 04:30 AM   #1
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Fedora 5 : Can't install KDE + prism wifi card not detected


Hi there,

I mostly use Suse 10.0, but I'd like to give fedora a try. I tried installing Core 5, with success only by choosing default software package. Choosing KDE instead of Gnome seems to be broken : can't pass the login screen.
Anyway...
I installed Gnome, and thought I could switch to KDE later on, but whenever I try to use the "add/remove software" in the gnome menu, I get the error "unable to retrieve software information". Can this be linked to the fact that I don't have any internet access at this stage ?

Which links to my second problem...
My computer is too far from the router, I have to connect via wifi. Problem is my wifi card (no name, provided by my ISP, but detected and configured by suse with linux-wlan-ng driver) was not detected during install. Is there anyway I can install such drivers without an internet access ? I tried recompiling from sources, but kernel sources were not installed, thus making the compilation impossible... should I install them via the "add/remove software" ? The one that doesn't work for me ???

I seem to be running in circle, so if anyone has any clue, I'll appreciate it !

Thanks,

Willy
 
Old 06-28-2006, 05:33 AM   #2
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Sounds like you need to get the firmware file (maybe the isl3890 file) from your SuSE install and mov it to the FC5 install, the firmware file goes in the /lib/firmware location.

Then once you have the wireless working; yum -y install kdebase kdeutils kdepim

Note this should install most of the kde packages for you. You can install the kde packages from the CD's also, you will want (at least) the arts, kdeadmin, kdeartwork, kdebase, kdegraphics and kdelibs rpm packages. As a suggestion copy them to one location where they are the only rpm packages and do something like;
rpm -Uvh *.rpm (installs them all at once).
 
Old 06-28-2006, 07:45 AM   #3
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Well thanks, I will try that !

Willy
 
Old 06-28-2006, 08:58 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, it seems it was not enough to copy the file from Suse to Fedora... Wireless is still not detected. Does anyone have hints on my problems ?

Thanks in advance,

Willy
 
Old 06-28-2006, 10:16 AM   #5
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Which wireless card???? The console or xterm sesson command 'lspci -v' sans the single quotemarks may be of help with this (try this in both SuSE and Fedora Core to compare/check).

You might want to run (as root of course) from the console or xterm session and maybe create the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ethX file for the wireless card, sample below (for DHCP; eth2 used in the examples)

ONBOOT=yes
ONHOTPLUG=yes
USERCTL=yes
IPV6INIT=no
PEERDNS=yes
TYPE=Wireless
DEVICE=eth2
HWADDR=
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
NETMASK=
DHCP_HOSTNAME=My System's Network name here
IPADDR=
DOMAIN=
ESSID=
CHANNEL=1
MODE=Auto
RATE=Auto

In addition edit the /etc/modprobe.conf file to add the new wireless interface, sample new entry below;

alias eth2 prism54

And finally restart the network services;

service network restart
 
Old 06-28-2006, 03:40 PM   #6
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Lenard,

Thanks for taking the time to help me !
I'm having difficulties with the directions above... since my wireless card is a USB one, I assume I have to replace "lspci" by "lsusb", is that correct ? In SUSE, lspci doesn't list my wireless card, whereas lsusb gives me :

Code:
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 124a:4017 AirVast PC-Chips 802.11b Adapter
However, "lsusb -v" seems to crash the system (or at least to freeze it for a reasonable amount of time...)

In Fedora, neither "lspci" or "lsusb" are recognized as valid commands, even when logged in as root

What do yo think, is my install corrupted ?

Thanks,

Willy
 
  


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