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Old 05-08-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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Can't connect to the internet (Debian)


I just installed Debian 6.0.1a on an old laptop (Dell Inspiron 6000) and I can't get it to connect to my wireless internet.

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a separate partition on the same machine, and it has no problem connecting to the internet.
 
Old 05-08-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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512MB RAM?
Suggest trying peppermintos
 
Old 05-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #3
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Thanks, Hilyard, I might try that.
 
Old 05-08-2011, 11:12 PM   #4
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512MB RAM?
Suggest trying peppermintos
And how does that help to get Debian connected to the internet ?
 
Old 05-09-2011, 09:28 AM   #5
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And how does that help to get Debian connected to the internet ?
Was that the question? I found it rather ambiguous. I'm a mechanic, not an engineer.

Do you need to be right? If so, then you may be an engineer. (EA may be the answer)

Best wishes!
 
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:36 AM   #6
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The question is admittedly poorly phrased, in fact it is a statement not a question. However, the meaning is clear. Why does wireless work with Ubuntu and not Debian?

juliajuliad, this is one of the differences between Ubuntu and Debian. Ubuntu is designed to be easy to use out of the box and "just work" to the extent possible. Debian, which is a more traditional Linux than Ubuntu will leave more for you to configure. Normally, these days even wireless is detected automatically, but sometimes it can still be a problem. In order to use wireless, you will need two things: a driver, or module as they are referred to in Linux, and a network manager, such as wicd.

Here might be a good place to start: http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse as it discusses these concepts and provides some how to information on installing. Of course this assumes you have a proper driver installed. The good news is that there apparently is a working driver for your system. Here is a link that should direct you to the drivers based upon the specs of your machine: http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/

Before attempting to install a driver, you should verify whether or not one is installed. You can get a list of the modules loaded using the lsmod command. You will probably need to perform this function as root. I would suggest that you 'grep' for terms associated with the driver or wireless card to narrow the list. Unfortunately, I am not sure exactly what term to use, so you will need to experiment. Note, you can always load the Ubuntu liveCD and see what driver it is using as you know this works with your card.
 
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:33 PM   #7
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In Debian, use the drivers from the websites only if there is no other possibility. The driver for that Intel chip is in the repositories, this should always be preferred. Have a look at the Debian Wiki's page for ipw2200. This page will explain in detail how to get that wireless working.
 
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