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Ok, so far I have been through hell and back again to get this working. I dwnloaded ndiswrapper in windows because it said I needed to in order to install my wireless USB, and after many hours of typing in everything it said too, even though it didn't do what it said it would, something finally budged and I was able to connect to the internet, but only after it gave me some serious fatal error message. So I surfed the net for a while and eventuall turned off my system. When I turned it back on it is no longer able to connect to the internet, althgh it can detect the network which is an improvement from the beginning, but still. it was working, why did it stop?
Ok, so my distribution is Mandriva, I downloaded it on Sunday, I believe, very recently anyway. It was the Live One CD offer, download onto one CD for free. I have actually been looking all over for the distribution version, but I don't know if that refers to the kernel number or the other version number I found on Wikipedia. when I tried to install ndiswrapper and wpa_supplicant the way all the INSTALL files said, it didn't work, or at least, the computer said that it was an invalid directory. I tried the terminal and Run Command and Shell command, but it didn't do anything other than say this file doesn't exist. The./configure command didn't work, except for today when I tried it again. And none of the make commands did anything either, the wpa_config README also told me to create a config file, which I did, but I can't find it. But I know its there because I tried to make it again and it said that I was about to overwrite.I assume Im typing them in wrong. When it said that the directory doesn't exist I tried to extract it with a command instead of copying the pre-extracted files to a directory. the tar command or whatever. When I typed the full thing in, along with the directory name or without it said that was the old command and that I had to choose one of the options but again, I am assuming I didn't do that right either. So when I tried to connect to the internet it suddenly recognized my wireless driver, which is what the programs were supposed to do. And like I said the next time I started my computer the wireless still works and recieved signals but the computer said that I had no internet configuration setup and it wouldn't connect. But I know I actually was connected because I logged into my router and it listed me as an active DHCP client, and only right after I clicked the connect button on the network configuration screen. Also even though it was Mandriva One Live CD thing, it was a hybrid so I chose to fully install it on my second hard drive. I partitioned it mostly with the extension format because it recommended that, but there was a small amount of Linux swap space. Another thing I tried (after the net stopped working) is specifying one of the makefiles in the directory as executable, and that did something when I called it up as a program, but then I think that there was something wrong with it, it had some weird text at the end. But that didn't help anything either. Also, when I go to the network configuration window there is another wireless device called wlan0:9 which I never installed and have no idea as to its origins. It seems able to receive signals but when I try to connect through it then both it and my wireless device stop receiving signals and both their network lists disappear. So far the only way I have been able to get it to work again is by reinstalling the driver. The only thing that I can possibly think of that could have done this was I was running the update program and I decided to stop it because it was taking to long and I needed to get something else done. Would that have done it? Again I would like to mention the fact that when I first installed the wireless driver using the ndiswrapper I got some serious error that I had to click through several times before I got back to normal and by that time everything was working fine. At one point I also tried to call up wpa_supplicant.config, and then it said I couldn't because there was another one so I found it but it was locked. When I tried to find the one I called up so that I could delete it it was locked to (the config I mean) So I am not really sure if they belong together or not.
Last edited by cpman256; 03-26-2008 at 07:15 PM.
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Are you trying to install as root, or as your usual user. You need to be root to install.
It would be easier to find the program you need as an rpm. This is the package manager used by Mandriva. Download the rpm, double click it in the file manager. It will ask for the root password, and then attempt to install. It may complain that there are missing dependencies, in which case you will need to download and install them first.
It would be helpful to see some of the computer responses to your commands.