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Spent a few hours, with the help of the great Rajesh Menon NYLug, trying to configure my Dell Latitude D600 for wireless. Using an Orinoco Gold Classic card, SuSE 9.2 (disabled the one-board Dell True Mobile card). Typed the following into shell, to no avail:
linux:/home/jwholloway # ifconfig eth0 down
linux:/home/jwholloway # ifconfig eth1 down
linux:/home/jwholloway # ifconfig eth1 up
linux:/home/jwholloway # iwconfig eth1 essid "lienjuks"
linux:/home/jwholloway # ifconfig eth1 192.168.1.102 netmask 255.255.255.0 broadcast 192.168.1.255
What am I doing wrong? Any quidance deeply appreciated.
FWIW, I was not able to configure dhclient, if that is important (I am a real noob).
Thanks much, I hope to learn a little and maybe help someone else out some day.
If someone in NY or Brooklyn has the time to show me, at a coffee shop or something, how to do it I will give him This is Spinal Tap on DVD or some good Django Reinhardt.
What wireless card are you using? I've spent weeks trying to connect a Dell/Truemobile 1150, using SuSE 9.0,and now 9.3. The former gave local, but not internet connection. Can't get anything with 9.3. I like SuSE, but will change to anyghing that will give me a wireless connection.
I finally got my D600 with a Truemobile 1400 working using Ndiswrapper the other day but the next morning without changing anything...it stopped...and plugging it in doesn't even work now! Does anyone know how to set it up so that you don't have to mess with the resolv.conf file or better yet just solve this problem in general??? I'd like to have wireless as my primary network device but when I plug-in have wireless shut off. I also don't have a static IP from my DSL carrier, is there a way to have resolv.conf autodetect these settings so I don't have to type in 'Search <my IP> Nameserver 192.168.1.1'?? By the way I only made my way over to Linux from Windows a month or so ago so don't get pissed if I don't understand everything that is mentioned in your replys ;-) Thanks in advance for any input you may have.
i have a pdf file from ndiswrapper that doesn't seem to be available anymore detailing ndiswrapper installation on SuSE 9.2...PM my if anyone wants it and I'll email it to you. It's really good minus the problems I've had ;-) I didn't write it by the way, the author's name isn't listed but i still have to thank him/her.
Thanks for the info. I have Ubuntu, but not the Live CD.
However, I do have MandrakeMove (which I just tried).
The wizard got me connected in just a few minutes. My laptop hard drive is full, so after one more try with SuSE, I am going to switch distros. Thanks again for the suggestion.
I'm about to start installing Suse 9.3 Professional on a dell D600 laptop however as I'm a newby I could do with some help. Specifically what drivers are the hardest to get installed? I remember on an old del the modem was a pain to get working as it was a win modem. From what I've read here and on other sites it seems like the wireless network card is going to be the problem this time.
I'd appreciate any help any of you can provie. I know bits about Linux but have only used redhat and Fedora core in the past.
I have been using Suse 9.2 for over a year. It's plug and play for most of the pcmcia wireless cards but has issues with the USB adapters.
Have you guys tried Linuxant? Check out the trial version for 30 days and if it is flawless you can purchase it for $20.
If you have the luxury of time, you can mess around with ndiswrapper else $20 should be a very good option.
Rather than saying "it doesn't seem to work" try to post the error messages / logs. after you do 'modprobe ndiswrapper' check the messages by keying in 'dmesg' on the terminal. This should give you an idea of errors.
Look into this and we'll go from there.
Linuxant sounds interesting; I'll look into it. For now, I have Ubuntu running on the laptop...use it only when I travel, and almost exclusively for Mozilla.
SuSE 9.0 would connect locally, but not to the outside world, and there were no error messages; it just timed out. SuSE 9.2 Professional seemed to configure correctly in YaST, but I couldn't even ping my router with it (using parameters taken from my wired conx and the wireless data from Mandrake Move).
I will try with SuSE again when I get a bigger HDD.
check out these threads, they may be helpful in some way. I got my wireless working by looking at almost every thread i could find on the subject on two seperate forums, using the ndiswrapper forums, and google.com/linux. Obviously, this took a while, and in the long run, I really don't know what I did to get it working, and even as is, sometimes i use "iwconfig wlan0 essid "networkname" and "ifup wlan0" to connect, and other times i use the GUI program called Network Device Control, and normally between the two i'm successful. So, best of luck to you!
check your routing tables, DHCP configuration and see the output of /var/log/messages This should give you a clue as to why your SUSE box is not connecting to www. Also check SUSE Firewall settings. These are the preliminery checks. As I mentioned earlier, the logs are very important for troubleshooting.