I started out on my Toshiba Satellite with Linux 9.2 three years ago. No matter how I changed the settings, I could never get Linux to recognize the Network card. Giving up in desperation, I logged onto Windoze, Googled "RPM Kernel Updates", downloaded an RPM file, burned it to a CD, installed it with YAST, and instantly was able to surf the Internet, log onto eBay, and much more. Then YOU found a SUSE mirror site, started downloading an avalanche of RPM updates and installing them; life in SUSE Linux 9.2 Land was good ..... the network driver on the distro disc was brainless and would have never worked had I not done a manual upgrade, I decided.
Spring forward 3 years. I finally decided to upgrade to the new SUSE 11 release to see what it was all about. After trying unsuccessfully to download and burn the ISO file onto a self-booting DVD (I forgot about the 4gig file limitation for Windoze downloads), I ordered one on-line that I knew would work. It arrived yesterday.
I loaded the DVD into my CD reader, changed the BIOS to boot first off the CD-ROM, pulled the trigger and started the installation. It went smoothly even with a few hiccups and I was soon up and running on version 11 ..... except, that even this release of SUSE didn't automatically configure the Network card either.
You see, I always get nervous when I arm and release a Linix install disc, because I have a dual-partition WinXP/Linux setup, with GRUB letting me decide who gets to boot up every time I start the Toshiba. I've had to fix the partitioning manually under version 9.2 twice when neither system would bootup. That didn't happen, but with a dead Ethernet connection all over again, I was getting ready to look for a driver update. Shades of Christmas past all over again.
The installation code in SUSE 11 did not properly recognize the Toshiba Ethernet Network card again. This time, though, I was able to manually manipulate the settings and options that SUSE couldn't do on its own. Instantly, the Network came to life, I found eBay again in Firefox, and then a flood of SUSE updates avalanched into the Update system. Life in SUSE Linux 11 Land was grand .....
Getty cocky, I decided to shoot for the moon. I was never able to get the Toshiba Wireless driver working on Version 9.2. Maybe it would somehow work on version 11 now that I validated the Ethernet driver, the TCP/IP stack, all the configuration and routing possibilities with my Linksys Router. Carefully, with fingers trembling in YAST configuring the Wireless setup, I hit the final keystroke and somehow brought it to life. In a matter of minutes, I logged on to my network, gave the WPA shared key, and noticed 4-bars in the system tray. Viola! I left-clicked it and looked at all the Networks in the neighborhood properly locked and secured, including mine now. I right-clicked and saw all the connection routing, gateway, and IP addresses filled in, and the updated DNS addresses. Who-Hoo !!
This update was sent wirelessly from my Toshiba Satellite laptop on SUSE Linux 11. Happy New Year to all those who follow in my footsteps with their new laptops found under the Christmas tree ..... Mike
Originally Posted by ronlau9
As it is a new laptop , you,re best option if you wish to stay with opensuse is trying to use opensuse 11.0 . Even opensuse 11.1 is coming soon.
A other option is search the opensuse hardware database to find out if you're nic and graphic card is supported.
Opensuse 10.3 is still supported but it is not the newest version