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Old 03-30-2006, 01:41 PM   #1
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help - need a distro that will get me online


Hi,

i have recently downloaded federa core 5 and liked the look of it. that was my first proper step into linux, but i found i had a few problems.

First-of-all it would let me get on the net. The reason (i think) is because i dont have a linux driver for my modem (Ambit USB cable modem). I posted on their form and they said, have a look on the net for it. I couldnt find any, i then had a look for some stuff that would let me use my windows driver in linux, i found one thing, but it was all for LAN cards, so i dont think it would work for me.

Baisically i need some help in finding a way so that i can use linux and get on the net (and use my printer (Canon Smartbase MP360) which has a similar problem).

If this means i have to change distro, i have no problem with that (i might moan if i have to use a lot of CD's but i wont do that here).

Any help, and suggestions much appreciated. If im buggered, please let me know that as well.

Caspar
 
Old 03-30-2006, 02:54 PM   #2
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Fedora Core seems to include both of the drivers needed for your modem (Ethernet-over-USB, and the CDCETHER driver for Ambit modems). You may need to run System > Administration > Network, and put in your ISP settings (New > xDSL connection).

I don't have a cable modem, but found this document with a search on www.google.com/linux:

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/html_single/Cable-Modem/

It's rather technical, but it specifies the drivers, and I've checked that they are on loaded my Fedora 5 system here.

The printer may not be so good - the www.linuxprinting.org database doesn't list as supported, and that's the main place for information. By and large, distributions of a similar age will have very similar sets of drivers (since they all use the same underlying software).
 
Old 03-31-2006, 06:33 AM   #3
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thanks for that hob, at least i dont need to use another distro, but i still cant get it to work.

the howto is a bit beyond me. but once i set up a new xDSL connection and put in all the stuff i new, and clicked activate, it says it has termineted. with the error meassage changing a bit each time.

if anyone can put a list of instructions together for me, that would be great. i had a fiddle on windows and found out my:
address type:
IP address:
subnetmask:
default gateway:
physical address:
DHCP service:
DNS servers:

all help very much appreciated, i think once ive got that to work, the rest i can probably figure out myself.

Cheers
Caspar
 
Old 03-31-2006, 06:57 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nonc
thanks for that hob, at least i dont need to use another distro, but i still cant get it to work.

the howto is a bit beyond me. but once i set up a new xDSL connection and put in all the stuff i new, and clicked activate, it says it has termineted. with the error meassage changing a bit each time.
Posting the error will help people pin point the problem alot quicker.
 
Old 03-31-2006, 08:03 AM   #5
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yup sorry

its

/sbin/adsl-start: line 216: 2675 Terminated $CONNECT "$@">/dev/null 2>&1
 
Old 03-31-2006, 08:57 AM   #6
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I'd make sure you have the right username, some isps require you to use username@isp.whatever as a username, I know mine does. I'd also look at /var/log/messages, that should always be the first place you check really.
 
Old 03-31-2006, 10:44 AM   #7
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wooo, it worked, its running now, no idea why, but im not complaining. thanks for ur help guys
 
  


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