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Hi, everyone. I have a couple year old laptop that I've been testing different Linux distros on. I just installed Slackware 13.37 on it, but I can't connect to the internet on it, wifi or ethernet. During the installation, there was a part about setting up a network. I started, but then skipped it because it seemed like it was for hosting a website (I'm not sure about that). Was I supposed to do that, and if so, how can I do that without a reinstallation? If I have to reinstall, that's ok since I don't use that computer for anything important.
For wired connections, you should run netconfig as root and provide the information. The host and domain names can be made-up. Choose dhcp. For wireless, choose loopback and install wicd in the extra directory of the DVD. Reboot the computer to be safe (restarting just dbus and starting the wicd daemon might work) and configure your connection.
Edit: check camorri's link. You'll get a better understanding that way.
gday mate, i use mobile broadband and the only way i know how to connect to that on linux is through, network manager, and slackware does not include this. i had to go onto a different computer with internet access, go to slackbuilds.org, and download the network manager and its dependencies then bring them over to my slack computer and install them.
Ok, so I have a wired connection, and am able to see my wifi network. However, I can't seem to connect on wifi. I opened the properties and put in my code, but when I try to connect, it starts to, but then says "Connection failed: Unable to obtain ip address." What should I do now?
Are you sure you're using the right key/password for connecting to your wifi network ?
After a fresh installation your keyboard layout in a desktop environment like KDE might be "wrong" for your actual keyboard. I know if I choose an azerty keyboard when installing Slackware KDE doesn't pick this setting up and I need to fix this in KDE. (otherwise in my case : a = q , w = z , ... and other key's get switched)
Also certain other characters such as ";" or letters you would like to use for your secure password might not be what you think they are when you press them. And because you might not see them due to for example asterisks you might think you're typing it correctly when in fact maybe some characters are off...
This is a long shot as you probably would have noticed a "bad" keyboard layout (I don't know how long you've been using your installation already) but it's better to verify.
Then maybe verify what Knightron says ... check the groups that the user belongs to.
Maybe you didn't add the user to the "netdev" group ? (I believe it's netdev that might be needed for wifi connections).
When adding a new user in Slackware you can put him/her in a set of default groups (it's suggested when creating a new user, I think netdev is part of this suggestion).
I hope one of these things can help you with your connection.