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Old 09-02-2013, 05:18 AM   #1
Atolwa
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I cant get my WLAN to work on RHEL 6 installed on my external hdd


Hi. I've installed RHEL 6 on my external hardrive and I can't seem to get my WIFI working. On ifconig command I see that my network controler is Atheros.
I tried getting drivers for it i.e. madwifi-0.9.4-0.1.r2598.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm and tried installing but still no wlan.
I'm really new to this and am not sure on how to go about it. Please assist.
 
Old 09-03-2013, 09:45 AM   #2
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Hi. I've installed RHEL 6 on my external hardrive and I can't seem to get my WIFI working. On ifconig command I see that my network controler is Atheros.
I tried getting drivers for it i.e. madwifi-0.9.4-0.1.r2598.el6.rf.x86_64.rpm and tried installing but still no wlan.
I'm really new to this and am not sure on how to go about it. Please assist.
Well, if you can SEE your wifi adapter, have you actually configured it?? Given it an address, etc? You don't say what desktop environment you're using, but you should be able to go into network manager and configure it to connect, give passwords, etc. Until you do that, it won't do anything.

Also, it's a BAD IDEA to use RHEL on 'consumer' hardware, and even worse if you're not PAYING FOR IT. You WILL NOT get access to the patches/updates/fixes, and installing new software will be a challenge. And RHEL is meant for SERVERS...that is, systems that don't have wifi, bluetooth, sound, etc. Those devices typically don't work well (if at all), under server-class distros. Fedora or Mint will probably 'just work' right off the bat. If you really feel like you NEED RHEL on a laptop (???), you should load the latest version of CentOS instead, which is 99.x% identical, but FREE.
 
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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And CentOS also ADDS extra software by default FOR use on desktops
laptops ??? those are a bit iffy
it might run or not

you did buy the required support contract ? right?
that gets you access to the tech support and knowledge base

http://www.redhat.com/support/customer-portal.html
login to the redhat site with the username you set up with the support contract
and search for your wireless chip
https://access.redhat.com/search/browse/solutions
---
https://access.redhat.com/site/knowledge

and or read the documentation
the install doc section on the network config
https://access.redhat.com/site/docum...t-network.html
 
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:27 AM   #4
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Well, if you can SEE your wifi adapter, have you actually configured it?? Given it an address, etc? You don't say what desktop environment you're using, but you should be able to go into network manager and configure it to connect, give passwords, etc. Until you do that, it won't do anything.

Also, it's a BAD IDEA to use RHEL on 'consumer' hardware, and even worse if you're not PAYING FOR IT. You WILL NOT get access to the patches/updates/fixes, and installing new software will be a challenge. And RHEL is meant for SERVERS...that is, systems that don't have wifi, bluetooth, sound, etc. Those devices typically don't work well (if at all), under server-class distros. Fedora or Mint will probably 'just work' right off the bat. If you really feel like you NEED RHEL on a laptop (???), you should load the latest version of CentOS instead, which is 99.x% identical, but FREE.
Hi
I had already configured my wifi adapter through the network manager thats why I decided to search for drivers for my wireless chip set when it din't work. I had borrowed this distro coz I assumed it was free... thanks for the advise on what to do. I just needed a debian linux platform I could use for practicing how to administer Oracle E-biz suite on linux. Am also a newbie there. That's why am running it on my laptop I "just dont need" to have it. Thanx
 
Old 09-06-2013, 02:33 AM   #5
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And CentOS also ADDS extra software by default FOR use on desktops
laptops ??? those are a bit iffy
it might run or not

you did buy the required support contract ? right?
that gets you access to the tech support and knowledge base

http://www.redhat.com/support/customer-portal.html
login to the redhat site with the username you set up with the support contract
and search for your wireless chip
https://access.redhat.com/search/browse/solutions
---
https://access.redhat.com/site/knowledge

and or read the documentation
the install doc section on the network config
https://access.redhat.com/site/docum...t-network.html
Hi John,
No I dint buy it but now that am aware I'll do the needful
I just need to install or virtualise a linux platform on my laptop so as to practice administering OracleEBS on linux and familiarise my self with linux env. I'd appreciate suggestions on Free distros I could use. Preferably debian. Thankyou
 
Old 09-06-2013, 02:35 AM   #6
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I just needed a debian linux platform I could use for practicing how to administer Oracle E-biz suite on linux.
If you need a Debian platform why not use ...uh....Debian? It is totally free: no contracts, no logging in, just free. You can get it here

Have fun.
jdk

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Old 09-06-2013, 02:35 AM   #7
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I just needed a debian linux platform I could use
then red hat IS THE 100% WRONG operating system to use !!!

there are two main camps
1) RedHat
2) Debian

and the two will NEVER meet

install the current and FREE Debian
http://www.debian.org/

Redhat is NOT Debian
Redhat dose things VERY DIFFERENTLY
and uses very different package manager
with VERY different packages

the "rpm" is the RedHat package
the "Deb" is the Debian package

however this is at odds with needing to use Oracle software

Oracle rebrands Redhat
if you NEED to use Oracle software , then install Oracle's linux
( they "say" it is free BUT you really do need to buy the support contract from oracle )

Oracle linux 6.4 it is a rebuild of Redhats RHEL6.4
BUT it is optimized and configured to run Oracle's 12g database VERY well

if you NEED Oracle . Then use and BUY Oracle's software

Last edited by John VV; 09-06-2013 at 02:43 AM.
 
Old 09-06-2013, 03:17 AM   #8
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Thanks Jdkaye...seems I dint get what I was told.... I just needed a linux platform for seting up Oracle Apps and my source suggested OEL or RHEL and something to do with debian. Might have gotten my facts mixed up . Thanx

John...ok clearly I don't know whats debian and whats not or I misunderstood my source. I did install some rpms tho...while installing RHEL(thanks to a manual I bumped into)...some things are starting to make sence now.... Anyway I'll do my research on that to get a better understanding and I'll download the OEL 6.4. Thanx!!
 
  


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