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Old 10-10-2008, 01:02 AM   #1
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Connecting to a wireless network in Knoppix 5.3.1 problems


Hi guys, this is my first post here!! Anyways, I've been playing around with Knoppix Live DVD and I really like it, unfortunately I can't get my wireless card to work, which I kind of need it to for when I'm at school. I'm pretty much a total newb to Linux, I've been using windows since forever so all this command line and terminal stuff confuses me a bit.
 
Old 10-10-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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Knoppix isn't a distro that I am familiar with but you will need to provide a bit more information.

Do you know what wireless card are you using? (Can you google your laptop or PC model number to get the specification).

You need to see if the relevant module is loaded in Knoppix to make the wireless card work.

In a terminal type lsmod. What does it report? You will be looking for something like ath_hal.

It is likely that the required module isn't present in the live DVD and you will need to identify what is needed and load it yourself.

(This is much easier if you install the OS rather than using the live DVD)

Keep at it - your windoze friends will be soooooo impressed with your Linux ability!
 
Old 10-11-2008, 01:21 AM   #3
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my card is a Intel PRO/wireless 3945abg miniPCI,
 
Old 10-14-2008, 10:33 AM   #4
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I hope I can phrase my responses tactfully, & I apologize in advance if any of what follows is on the rude side; but, some of this is so far outside my roughly 5 years of experience w/ Knoppix that I can't let it go.


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Knoppix isn't a distro that I am familiar with but you will need to provide a bit more information.
Then consider waiting at least a full 24 hours, perhaps 48, to allow someone w/ more knowledge a chance to answer. -- Remember LQ, AFAIK, has members in every time zone: & as soon as you answer, the thread does off the "0-reply" list, lowering its exposure to folks who might help.


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Do you know what wireless card are you using? (Can you google your laptop or PC model number to get the specification).

You need to see if the relevant module is loaded in Knoppix to make the wireless card work.

In a terminal type lsmod. What does it report? You will be looking for something like ath_hal.
No argument w/ these.


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It is likely that the required module isn't present in the live DVD and you will need to identify what is needed and load it yourself.
Actually, Knoppix made its reputation on being bootable & having about the best h/w detection of any distro. Therefore, it's NOT likely that the module itself is missing. If Knoppix can't find something, it may be that something deeper is wrong than just not having the driver (see below).


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(This is much easier if you install the OS rather than using the live DVD)
Maybe in general, but NOT w/ Knoppix -- Knoppix is, by design, primarily a Live CD. Yes, is can be installed, but it isn't designed for that. If you want to install, better to get Debian, or another Debian based distro w/ KDE (SimplyMEPIS, anyone?).


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Keep at it - your windoze friends will be soooooo impressed with your Linux ability!
Right on.


Scooter185,
Is this the card you have?
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-wireless.../dp/B000EDQOK8

How about providing the link to the mfr's info.:
http://www.intel.com/network/connect...ess_mobile.htm

Did you Google it?:
http://www.google.com/linux?q=Intel+...=UTF-8&num=100

Here are some of the links I followed:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Intel_...xpress_Adapter
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Ipw3945
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Iwl3945
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Iwlwifi

My guess is that you do have the module itself, but lack the proprietary firmware package you also need. I can't check this because you didn't say which Knoppix DVD you have. BTW, it's just as important to give the ver. of Knoppix as it is any other distro.

It might also be helpful to know what your h/w is, esp. your CPU, esp. is it 32- or 64-bit.
 
Old 10-14-2008, 04:30 PM   #5
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Can't argue with any of archtoad6's points - looks like you are in good hands, I'm sure that s/he will sort this one out for you.

No doubt that you have google'd your card and Knoppix - there are lots of references to people struggling to get the card to work.

http://www.google.com/linux?num=100&...ix&btnG=Search

It does seem that other distro's successfully find and use the 3945 card without effort. I hope that you keep plugging away so that we can see what the issue is that is preventing this on your system given Knoppix's apparent hardware detection ability.

The post at http://www.knoppixforum.de/knoppix-f...verf-gbar.html (that is in German) does seem to provide a sort of answer;

Code:
apt-get update
apt-get install ipw3945d firmware-ipw3945
apt-get ipw3945
m-a a-i ipw3945
modprobe ipw3945
but other than downloading the file every time you boot I guess that you would need to append the file and a script to your DVD such that you could run it each time.

Any thoughts archtoad6? :-)
 
Old 10-15-2008, 09:17 AM   #6
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"UU", nice follow-up. Some random notes:
Scooter185,
The ball is in your court -- we need feedback from you (see my post #4) before we can make further suggestions.

Last edited by archtoad6; 10-15-2008 at 09:19 AM. Reason: Improve word order
 
  


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