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i do not have the choice to be "disconnected" from the internet. i am trying to setup a wireless connection for the laptop, it has completely no internet connection, freshly installed yesterday. yet to setup a wireless connection, i read that i will be needing wicd (the network manager).
The first question has to be do you have on ethernet port on your laptop?.
Also what are you trying to connect to?,i assume some kind of wireless router?.
Can you connect with a cable from your router to your laptop?.
Also what branch of Debian are you using?,i'm guessing Lenny/Stable?.
The reason i ask this is because if you are using Lenny,you'll need to download Wicd from the Backports repository:
So to sum up,if possible use a wired connection to download the relevant packages,or if this is not an option you'll have to download Wicd and it's dependencies manually and save to usb as ddaemonunics has correctly stated.
Also with Debian,the packages are the .deb type.
To install from the command line you use dpkg -i <package-name>.
Edit:If you have an install disc you can add the cd/dvd to your apt sources to help with some or all of the dependencies.
Last edited by the trooper; 09-30-2009 at 02:26 PM.
If you are using Gnome, there should be a network manager already running. Your issue could lie in the drivers for the wireless chip you have in your laptop.
Gnome network manager is not too difficult to work with and it should work IF proper drivers are installed for the card.
from what i had learn while trying out other linux os, it never required me to install any drivers except direct detection once i plugged in my dongle. such as ubuntu, it connected immediately right after i supplied it with the ESSID. i tried working with its original Network Manager n received only "lo" no matter what i keyed in for its Wireless Connection. therefore i searched on the web n came across the recommended Wicd Network Manager. apparently installing it wasn't easy as well. hehe.
yes, i am trying to connect to a wireless router through wlan0 (which i usually use on other linux os n assumed the same for debian). i finally had Wicd installed by downloading quite a few packages (wicd, gdebi-core, python-apt, lsb-release). but right now, even with an Wicd Manager's icon listed in the Panel, it said "No wireless networks found" when i clicked on it, its status said "Not connected". selecting "Connect" returned no different result. does anyone know where should i go from there?
But you are not using Ubuntu anymore. Your debian might not have the most recent kernel or the version that you require for the automatic detection.
You can still download the package from sourceforge.
do you happened to be experience with debian as well? could you roughly guide me through the setup procedure? i am reinstalling the whole debian right now, just in case something went wrong during all those tryings.
The problem you mentioned has been seen before but frankly I have not had the problem and hence I can not say what caused it. Could be fonts, could be display. Or could be anything else as well.
You could again try Ubuntu from another installation media. May be download another image, check with md5sum, burn at very low speeds to be sure of the integrity of burned media and then install.
Also if you like Ubuntu, you could wait for some time, Ubuntu Karmic Koala is coming. It is going to be released this month itself.
after having a fresh installation of debian, i reinstalled the packages (wicd, gdebi-core, python-apt, lsb-release), including one more named zd1211-firmware. n the list appeared beautifully! seemed like i missed out one package for the firmware like you had mentioned. after reboot, it connected perfectly.
thanks for giving me the rough idea on how to trace the problem, linuxlover.chaitanya! thank you!