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Old 01-22-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
rebeccabrown
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Unhappy having some trouble with hardware


Hi i am a total newbie so you have to go right back to basics sorry.

i just installed fedora 8 on my laptop and although i like it i have been having major trouble getting on wireless network.

when i was using windows xp i used a belkin wireless adapter as my laptop doesn't have built in wireless. this was not being recognised, it didn't recognise that it was in the usb and the cd with drivers on didn't do anything. reading packaging (duh!) it only said compatible with windows so bought an adapter that said it was compatible with linux.

this is the pluscom 54mbps wireless usb adapter model zd1211b. the indicator light came on when it was plugged into usb drive but nothing appeared on screen (is this normal?) and the cd with drivers on opened but didn't install drivers. looking on website i found instructions to use command tar zxvf zd1211lnxdrv_2_21_0_0.tar.gz but this didn't work either, it said there was no such file or directory. i don't know what any of these codes mean.

please help. i'm not really a dumb blonde girl but i feel like one at the minute and am wishing i could reinstall windows.

rebecca
 
Old 01-22-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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looking on website i found instructions to use command tar zxvf zd1211lnxdrv_2_21_0_0.tar.gz but this didn't work either, it said there was no such file or directory.
Well, that says it - there (the place that you were currently working in, probably your home directory unless you changed it) is no such file that you tried to extract. The right way is to pop up a terminal, use 'cd' command to enter the directory (on the cd?) where the package is, and then issue the command.

..or, because this is Fedora, put the cd in (a file manager, Nautilus probably, should open - if not, open the CD by double-clicking on it's icon so you can see the contents), locate the zd1211lnxdrv_2_21_0_0.tar.gz package, copy it (right-click on it with your mouse, select Copy), head back to your home directory with the file manager and select Paste from the menus, or right-click the background with your mouse and select Paste. Now you should have the package there (or you could just drag it to your home directory from the cd, if you had two file manager windows open). Then right-click on it and select the option to extract it ("extract here" if you like, maybe make a new directory, put the archive there and then extract it to get less mess), and there you should have it's contents - just what tar -zxvf would do (zxvf = eXtract a gZip compressed archive, Verbose output, File <filename>). Then look inside, and try to find further instructions - maybe a README file.

On the other hand, if the light blinked on, it may be it works already. Often if there are no drivers for a wireless device, it won't power up - when it does, it will. There is a chance it doesn't work though there is a light, but you can always try. So before extracting the archive, test it - either use the NetworkManager applet you can add to your panel, or open a terminal and
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su -
<type root password to become root>
iwlist eth1 scan
If the latter command says "eth1 doesn't support scanning", try wlan0 instead of eth1. The name varies so you may need to try both. If both say "doesn't support scanning", it means that the driver isn't working. If you instead get "no such device" or similar, it could mean the device is not up; try running (as root again)
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ifconfig eth1 up
and then the scan command again, or the same for wlan0 if you didn't get results. If the device works, you should get a list of wireless access points found in the area - this is a good sign, and next you can move on to graphical apps to connect. But if you don't get such a list, there is very probably still something wrong with the driver.

The CD should contain straightforward directions to get the drivers installed, usually a README or INSTALL file or both. Might be inside the package like I mentioned..anyway, even though there are probably commands mentioned that you need to run to get it working, you must of course run them in the directory where the needed files are. When using command line, you can see your current ("parent") working directory with
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pwd
That should be the directory where the files are that you're working with. If it's not,
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cd /path/to/new/directory
and your working directory is changed to /path/to/new/directory. Use
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ls
to list files inside the directory you're currently working on, to make sure it's the right one, and remember that in Linux a difference is made between uppercase and lowercase letters, unlike in Windows (so: 'Hello' is not the same as 'hellO' which is not the same as 'heLLo' and so on).
 
Old 01-22-2008, 03:35 PM   #3
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On the other hand, if the light blinked on, it may be it works already. Often if there are no drivers for a wireless device, it won't power up - when it does, it will. There is a chance it doesn't work though there is a light, but you can always try. So before extracting the archive, test it - either use the NetworkManager applet you can add to your panel.
I had the exact same problem with Fedora 8 and a network card until 2 days ago. I am also new and still frustrated by ALL the annoying little downsides of Linux conflicts. If the light is on. Make it easy on yourself. Since you are used to windows, try this first. On the menu
at the top, click System -> Administration -> Click Services. Once the
window opens, see if there are check boxes in the Network Manager and Network Manager Dispatcher. If not, check them (and after selecting each one click start)to make sure they start running. Then on that same window, click File at the top and Save changes. In my case, it kept trying to tell me that my Nvidia video card was somehow an ethernet card! Also, linux seems to have major hardware problems, not only with certain hardware manufacturers, but with many wireless cards. I found a crappy old 3Com ethernet card, plugged it in (and with the steps above) it finally worked! Only 3 weeks of my time wasted too! :-) And now I start my quest to find a wireless card that is compatible with Linux. After that, I can figure out why I can't see my mouse pointer after Linux loads. Ah the joy of leaving Microsoft. I feel your frustration.
Good luck.
 
Old 01-22-2008, 07:51 PM   #4
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Hi,

You could do a little research by looking at 'Rute Tutorial & Exposition'. Get some background!

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links' .
 
  


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