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ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 09:15 PM

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.

Best,

ZL

linus72 07-18-2009 09:27 PM

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

jstephens84 07-18-2009 09:39 PM

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.

ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 09:43 PM

more specs on Dell
 
Inspiron 3500
Pentium II
cpu MHz 330.878
256 Kb cache
61884 total memory
(i686)

linus72 07-18-2009 09:44 PM

it's got 64mb ram?
or is that a typo?

ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 09:53 PM

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)

ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 10:00 PM

sorry: the list provided above is from
Quote:

ifconfig -a
command not
Quote:

lsmod | grep mac80211
Quote:

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]
??

linus72 07-18-2009 10:01 PM

please post the output of typing "free" in dsl terminal?
for memory

ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3612311)
it's got 64mb ram?
or is that a typo?

no typo.

linus72 07-18-2009 10:08 PM

wow, dsl runs ok on 64mb ram?

ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3612326)
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!

linus72 07-18-2009 10:09 PM

no swap?
you need a swapfile or swap partition
dsl has a mneu entry to make a swapfile under "tools"

ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 10:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3612335)
wow, dsl runs ok on 64mb ram?

appears to - however, still in teething

ZacharyLarkin 07-18-2009 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linus72 (Post 3612340)
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?

linus72 07-18-2009 10:11 PM

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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