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Old 11-19-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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Smile Hello fellow noobs


Hello and greetings to all my fellow noobs.

I am new to Linux and have fallen in love with my new found hobby.
I hope someone here can help me with a little problem.

I am using fedora 9 and have a laptop networked into my home network via a Linksys router. When I have the laptop connected with a cat5 cable to my router I can utilize my network such as my printer and shared files on two other computers. Also when I type in to the CLI the command "iwlist wlan0 scan", I receive all the information regarding my wireless connection as well as all of my neighbor's. This is all great but when I unplug my cat5 cable I cannot connect to my network and I cannot surf the net. I am using a wireless usb thumbdrive by Atheros.

I have tried using the network manager to set up my wireless network but the radio button that says "OK" after i place in all my info remains "greyed out" so I cannot enter the info manually.

Any help from any fellow noob is greatly appreciated as well as any advice from all you veterans out there.
 
Old 11-20-2008, 12:20 PM   #2
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Hi Bud.

Welcome to LQ. Enjoy. I was using fedora 9 for few days and I must say I was not to happy.

If You want You could take a look at this distro

http://www.linuxquestions.org/review...hp?product=820

I have been using many others and I must say that this one was a gateway to a freedom from M$ for me. I was advance windows user. Now I dont want to even hear about Mr Gates products.

This distro is minimal. Lightning fast. 200 MB iso is easy to download and You can use it as live cd to check up on it. There is a billion of files in repo that you can add via synaptics pakage manager if you want and if you need. There is a mailing list and forum.

It has brilliant management for everything so wireless config is just a matter of few clicks.

Hope you will try it. I will add here that texstar is a graphics genius and for me the way this distro looks is absolutely amazing + its so easy to customize...

Andy

Last edited by AndrzejL; 11-20-2008 at 12:21 PM.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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First, get madwifi from Livna.
Second, buy some good strong nonprescription painkiller, because you'll need it if you're setting up Atheros-based wireless in Fedora.
Also, from my own experience it depends on which specific Atheros chipset you have.
I hate saying it after having used Fedora for 3 years but it's notoriously bad for this.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 06:26 PM   #4
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Wireless

Thanks for your replies. After a day of typing and learning different commands I was finally able to activate my wireless network and I can print from my Linux enabled laptop to my networked printer as well as share files and surf the net.
The one problem I have is I can only do this in root. Under a user I can do nothing.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 06:28 PM   #5
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Cool

Andre thanks for the suggestion but I have tried PClinux OS but I could never finish the install, it would run half of the install program then freeze up so I gave up.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 06:33 PM   #6
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Hmm is your hard drive sata? This happens sometimes. Too bad . I have tried fedora couple of kernel panics after install gave me so much headache I gave up . What is good for one can be bad for other . Enjoy fedora bro and I am staying with my minime .

Good luck!

Andy
 
Old 11-22-2008, 06:37 PM   #7
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Thanks for your replies. After a day of typing and learning different commands I was finally able to activate my wireless network and I can print from my Linux enabled laptop to my networked printer as well as share files and surf the net.
The one problem I have is I can only do this in root. Under a user I can do nothing.
That's the way it should be - normal users should only be able to do their work, not tinker with the system. Linux is a multiuser system; you can have numerous users logged on and working at once - if they could all tinker with the machine you could bet that things wouldn't work most of the time.

Even on a laptop or personal desktop machine it makes sense to restrict many operations to 'root' only. For example, if you were logged in as 'root' and browsing the network, a malicious script could screw up your entire system. If you browse as a normal user the script might screw up things that you have access to, but getting access to the rest of the system is a tougher job.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 06:45 PM   #8
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What window manager are you using. On my laptop I use debian with gnome and was able to use gnome network manager with wpa supplicant to auto connect to wireless networks. If you are using kde I am sure that there is a similar application. Also a normal user can run some commands that root can you just have to specify the whole path. IE /usr/sbin/<command>.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 07:14 PM   #9
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That's the way it should be - normal users should only be able to do their work, not tinker with the system. Linux is a multiuser system; you can have numerous users logged on and working at once - if they could all tinker with the machine you could bet that things wouldn't work most of the time.

Even on a laptop or personal desktop machine it makes sense to restrict many operations to 'root' only. For example, if you were logged in as 'root' and browsing the network, a malicious script could screw up your entire system. If you browse as a normal user the script might screw up things that you have access to, but getting access to the rest of the system is a tougher job.
pinniped, I believe the op can only do these things as root: connect to the internet, share files, and print to his network printer.

Yes, root should be the only account that can change settings around, but a normal user should be able to access the internet, etc. He wants to be logged in as a normal user and still connect to his printer, shared files on the network, etc.
 
Old 11-23-2008, 04:49 PM   #10
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wireless

I am using GNOME and wireless assistant. It is really odd. If I logon as root everything wireless is fine but as user I cannot connect. The stranger thing is if i am already logged on as root, then also logon as a user..meaning I have both user and root running I lose my wireless connection under root as well, as soon as I logoff the user, my wireless returns to root with no problems. It is as if the user accounts are in control of my wireless network whenever they are alive and will not allow me access.
 
Old 11-24-2008, 09:01 AM   #11
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Could be a permissions issue maybe. I would check to see if any errors are thrown in syslog.
 
  


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