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Old 03-29-2009, 12:25 PM   #1
Norm201
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how to go wireless on an old laptop


I'm very new to Linux. I've tried Ubuntu on several occasions, but I'm really a Windows user and pretty knowledgeable with with it.

Here's my question or problem as the case may be. I have an old Toshbia Satellite laptop model 1675 originally made for Win 98. I currently have XP on it (yes it's slow but it works). I want to install Damn Small Linux and use it mainly for web browsing. I'm using an Alpha AFW-N411 Wirless LAN PC Card (old style Type 1) that works very well with my current XP set-up. When I install DSL it does not see the card or even the card slot as being used. I get no power lite on the card. What do I need to do and is it possible to use it all? Should I try using a different distribution? I only have 128MB memory available.

Addition info: I'm using a Linksys WRT54G router going into a Win2003 server. Due to location limits I can't use hard wire configuration plus the laptop does not have an RJ45 connection.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Norm201
 
Old 03-29-2009, 01:33 PM   #2
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It looks like the AFW-N411 uses the Realtek RTL8180 chipset.

That needs the rtl8180 module loaded to work.

Unfortunately, it's not present on my kubuntu 8.04 distro (strange).

Maybe try a knoppix "live cd" and boot from that. knoppix is renowned for good hardware detection, but I don't know how well it'll cope with only 128MB RAM.

Try putting rtl8180 into http://www.google.com/linux and see what you can find.

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Old 03-29-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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It looks like the AFW-N411 uses the Realtek RTL8180 chipset.

That needs the rtl8180 module loaded to work.

Unfortunately, it's not present on my kubuntu 8.04 distro (strange).

Maybe try a knoppix "live cd" and boot from that. knoppix is renowned for good hardware detection, but I don't know how well it'll cope with only 128MB RAM.

Try putting rtl8180 into http://www.google.com/linux and see what you can find.

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Thanks for the reply. I found the same information you did. Just after submitting my questions I tried loading Debian 5.0.0 "LENNY" and this found the card and allowed me to manual configure my network.
 
Old 03-29-2009, 05:15 PM   #4
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Pleased that you got it working.
As an aside, you don't need to re-post my reply, because it's already there, just scroll up to read it.
Anyway, your problem is solved
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