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ok i am a complete newbie and i need help i have debian 5.05 on my system and it seems to be working fairly well there is only 2 problems. One debian has my wireless card flagged as a wired connection so therefore it will not connect to the internet which is a huge problem. The wireless pci card is linksys wmp54g. Next problem i have a Hauppauge HVR 850, and i need this to work on my debian system, i have TVtime installed so i would just assume use that i guess, but it wont work right off the bat so i need help again since i am a newbie i need like detailed instructions on how to do everything. thanks so much for your help.
Im suprised that you use debian, maybe you should try ubuntu. You can install on olready have installed synaptic where you should try to install tvtuner application and wireless application liike wicd.
Once the cards are listed in lsusb or lspci.
my wireless card flagged as a wired connection
strange, how do you know that.. check output of iwconfig
Well i have attempted both solutions and neither worked, i got everything installed but the gnome network manager only shows me a wired connection no wireless connection. so i don't know where to go from here i ran lspci and it sees my network card so where should i go from here?
depending on if ifconfig returns the name of your device, you mite need to turn it on by doing something like: sudo ifconfig device up
these commands are to help us to know what your system thinks is installed (not necessarily to get you connected).
lspci # will tell us the pci devices you have in your system.
lsusb # will tell us the usb devices you have in your system.
ifconfig # will tell us what network interface cards you have turned on in your system.
ifconfig -a # will tell us all the network interface cards you have in your system.
iwconfig # will tell us which of your network interface cards has wireless capability
now that we know that, this should get you connected:
sudo iwlist device scan # this will use the device interface (that from the above command, we found out has wireless capability) and scan for wireless routers that are accessible.
sudo iwconfig device essid "myssid" # assuming no security, use that device to connect to your router.
sudo dhclient # will attempt to get ip-address, subnet mask, dns server information automatically from your router assuming dhcp is turned on on your router.
also, please post the contents of cat /etc/network/interfaces
and /etc/resolv.conf should contain your dns server.
you can also run lsmod to see if the wireless driver module is plugged-in.
backing to your wireless problem: please check if there is some kind of button in your laptop to enable/disable the wireless card, and make sure that it's enabled (because: there's no wireless card on the lspci output you posted above..)