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Old 07-18-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy DSL on Inspiron 3500 won't connect via Asus WL-107


Recently tried a number of minimalist distros on my old laptop - Dell Inspiron 3500 - Puppy / pared down Ubuntu and Kubuntu ...

DSL installed onto the hard drive with no problems.

However, I can't connect via the wireless LAN AP card.

Have tried configuring through PCMCIA tool and Cardconfig and any button that looked vaguely related in Control Panel.

Under the system settings DSL sees the driver rt2400 but sees no internet card. Ndiswrapper won't do the do on auto - so this might be the way to go. But I don't know. Help please.

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ZL

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Old 07-18-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ ZacharyLarkin!
Now, please give all info on your computer, ram, etc

also, there's a new DSL now, tinycore-2.1+
you should try that it's similar

others here will know specifically about your net issue
 
Old 07-18-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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Just as a start can you post the output of
Code:
lsmod | grep mac80211
Code:
ifconfig -a
if the grep for mac80211 does not produce anything helpful you may want to just paste the output of lsmod. I believe that should be a start.
 
Old 07-18-2009, 09:43 PM   #4
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more specs on Dell

Inspiron 3500
Pentium II
cpu MHz 330.878
256 Kb cache
61884 total memory
(i686)
 
Old 07-18-2009, 09:44 PM   #5
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it's got 64mb ram?
or is that a typo?
 
Old 07-18-2009, 09:53 PM   #6
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lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet iddr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:16 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:16 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:800 (800.0B) TX bytes:800 (800.0)
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:00 PM   #7
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sorry: the list provided above is from
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ifconfig -a
command not
Quote:
lsmod | grep mac80211
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lsmod
gives an extensive list - I'm getting someone to read them out so I can type them in! so having an idea of what I'm looking for would be helpful. For example, from
Quote:
lsmod
under
Quote:
usbcore
I get:
Quote:
[ndiswrapper hid usb-storage usb-uhci]
??
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:01 PM   #8
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please post the output of typing "free" in dsl terminal?
for memory
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:02 PM   #9
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it's got 64mb ram?
or is that a typo?
no typo.
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:08 PM   #10
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wow, dsl runs ok on 64mb ram?
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:08 PM   #11
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please post the output of typing "free" in dsl terminal?
for memory
Quote:
total used free shared buffers
Mem: 61884 58656 3228 0 2308
Swap: 0 0 0
Total: 61884 58656 3228
is a fair approximation!
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:09 PM   #12
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no swap?
you need a swapfile or swap partition
dsl has a mneu entry to make a swapfile under "tools"
 
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wow, dsl runs ok on 64mb ram?
appears to - however, still in teething
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:10 PM   #14
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no swap?
you need a swapfile or swap partition
dsl has a mneu entry to make a swapfile under "tools"
how big should I make the partition?
 
Old 07-18-2009, 10:11 PM   #15
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should be 1/2 your ram, so at least 50mb maybe?
my partition on my pc is 400MB
I have 768mb ram
 
  


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